Jeb Bush: Iraq Questioning Is Disservice to Slain Soldiers

He has faced increasing scrutiny since saying in an airing Monday that he would have authorized the war, even knowing what is known now.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waits to be introduced at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that questioning about how he would have handled Iraq War authorization “does a disservice” to military service members killed in action.

“Rewriting history is hypothetical,” Bush said at a town hall-style event in Reno, Nevada.

He has faced increasing scrutiny since saying in a Fox News interview airing Monday that he would have authorized the war, even knowing what is known now about the faulty intelligence leading up to the 2003 invasion. On Tuesday, he said he had misinterpreted the question and didn't know what his answer to the “hypothetical” question is.

The war's lessons, he said Wednesday, are to get the best intelligence available and have security and exit strategies. He credited his brother, former President Geroge W. Bush, for the surge, creating security that “was squandered” by successor Barack Obama.

“The focus ought to be on the future,” Bush said.

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