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AEI's Rubin: Jeb Bush, Cruz Don't Know Whole Story on Iraq War

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 05:57 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas have come out against the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 without knowing all the facts, says Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

"It doesn't seem that either Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz, in this case, actually know the full story," Rubin said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"What all the documents, which were seized from Saddam Hussein, said was that while he didn't have an active 'weapons of mass destruction' program at the time, he had every intention of reconstituting it once [U.S.-imposed] sanctions collapsed — and they were collapsing."

On Thursday, the former Florida governor, who is expected to announce his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said he would not have gone to war knowing what he knows now. It was an about-face from earlier this week when Bush said he would have gone entered Iraq like his brother, President George W. Bush, did.

Likewise, Cruz, who has thrown his hat in the ring, said he would not have authorized an invasion.

"You can say we shouldn't have gone in, but that really sidesteps the issue about Hussein with his hands on weapons of mass destruction," Rubin told Steve Malzberg.

Rubin is the author of "Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes," published by Encounter Books.

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