US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s statement on Iraq shows that he is positioning himself to be Jeb Bush’s vice presidential nominee, a political scientist in Washington says.
Dr. Wilmer Leon, a radio talk show host on Sirius Satellite Radio, made the made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.
Senator Graham said on Saturday that US President Barack Obama is responsible for the current situation in Iraq, not former President George W. Bush, Jeb’s brother.
“I think Lindsey Graham’s comments that President Obama is responsible now for the problems in Iraq is the Republican attempt at revision of history,” Dr. Leon said.
“And this falls right in line with Jeb Bush’s comments that even knowing today, if he knew then what he knows now, he would still support the invasion, again,” he added.
“I think it is also Lindsey Graham’s attempt to position himself to be Jeb Bush’s vice presidential nominee, if Jeb Bush wins the Republican nomination,” he continued.
In 2003, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction allegedly stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. That later proved to be false.
It was revealed that not only Saddam Hussein was not in possession of WMDs but also that US and British leaders knew about the non-existence of such weapons.
The Iraq war came under spotlight again after potential Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush said that he would have invaded the country in 2003 if he was the US president.
“I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have [Democratic presidential contender] Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” he said last week.
Dr. Leon said that “the comments that President Bush operated off of bad intelligence, but everybody accepted it. It’s just totally false.”
“There were a number of experts, a number of political scientists, such as myself, who knew that the weapons of mass destruction did not exist, and knew that the information the president was using was bad,” he stated.
“Also, the administration created the office of a stucco program in the Pentagon, specifically to skew the data, to support the position that the administration wanted to take,” he noted. “ So this is just lie upon lie, upon lie.”
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