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Ben Carson Says He Would Not Have Invaded Iraq

On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that it was a mistake for the U.S. to invade Iraq. He explained, saying “I’ve said definitively that I was never in favor of going into Iraq. And since we did go in, the big problem is that we didn’t secure victory there, and that’s a huge problem. I would have gotten rid of the problem of Saddam Hussein some other way. When you go into a situation with so many factions and such a complex history, unless you know what you’re doing or have a long-term strategy, it just creates more problems.”

When asked exactly how he would have done it, Carson said “there are a lot of ways to get rid of people.” Almost all of the current and potential GOP presidential candidates have answered questions regarding the U.S. invasion of Iraq. After an interview with Fox News, Jeb Bush faced immediate backlash for stating that he would have still invaded Iraq given current information. Although, Bush clarified his statements afterward saying that he wouldn't have invaded Iraq if he knew that intelligence about weapons of mass destruction was wrong. On Wednesday, Carson was asked about whether the U.S. should reauthorize the Patriot Act. He said:

“I think some aspects of the Patriot Act are wise, so you don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but certainly in terms of the Fourth Amendment, the unwarranted mining of data from citizens is a violation. I totally oppose that. Our authorities can get a warrant any time they want. If they need it in the middle of the night they can get it, no problem.”

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