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Rand Paul Says Iraq War Was a Mistake

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked probable 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush if he would have invaded Iraq based on "knowing what we know now." Bush responded that he would have, but after a media firestorm, he said he got the question wrong. Bush later told Fox News host Sean Hannity "Knowing what we know now, clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence in the lead-up to the war and the lack of focus on security. My brother’s admitted this and we have to learn from that." On the other hand, Rand Paul has always said Iraq was a mistake. This week on CNN, Paul said:

"We’ve had the same question repeatedly: Is it a good idea to go in and topple a secular dictator and try to build a nation? Are we good at building a nation? And can we build nations in our own image? I think, really, every time we’ve toppled a secular dictator in the Middle East, we’ve gotten something worse and something less stable."

Paul was then asked why it was difficult for Jeb Bush and presidential candidate Marco Rubio to answer the question, and he replied:

"I'm not sure why it's so hard, but it shows some differences between the candidates. And I think if people want another Iraq War, they know who they can vote for. If they want someone who is not very likely to have another Iraq War and will only go to war when we have to, when it’s the last resort, when we have to defend America or American interests, there are going to be some other alternatives."

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