Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Sunday that he thought former President George W. Bush had acted correctly by authorizing the 2003 invasion of Iraq based on facts known at the time.
“It was not a mistake for the president to go into Iraq based on the information that he was provided as president,” Rubio told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“He wasn’t dealing with a Nobel Peace Prize winner,” Rubio said of the second Bush administration’s struggles with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
“The world is a better place because Saddam Hussein is not there,” Rubio added of the invasion’s aftermath.
Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said that the second Bush administration acted on the best available intelligence it had at the time.
That analysis, he added, initially implied that Iraq had obtained weapons of mass destruction.
“It was governed by a man who in the past had committed atrocities with weapons of mass destruction,” Rubio said of Hussein’s regime in Iraq.
Rubio said it was unfair to criticize former President George W. Bush’s decision simply because Iraq’s stockpile of weapons of mass destruction never materialized.
“Presidents don’t have the benefit of hindsight,” he said. “A president can’t make a decision based on what someone might know in the future.”
Source: The Hill | Mark Hensch