Bobby Jindal Declined To Answer ‘Hypothetical Question’ On Iraq War

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who recently launched a presidential exploratory committee, declined to say on Friday whether he would have invaded Iraq given what he knows now.

“At the time, I think President Bush absolutely made the right decision,” Jindal said in an interview with Iowa Public Television taped on Friday.

However, Jindal would not answer the “hypothetical question” that tripped up former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) last week.

“I think we have to be very careful. There are a lot of these parlor games,” he said, refusing to say whether he would have authorized the invasion given what he now knows. “I don’t think it’s productive to play hypothetical games about foreign policies and important decisions.”

He did place blame for the current situation in Iraq on President Obama, not former President George W. Bush (R).

“The problems we face in Iraq today I don’t think were because of President Bush’s strength, but rather have come about because of President Obama’s weakness,” Jindal said. “President Obama didn’t listen to his military and other advisers and instead, he withdrew all of the troops without a status of forces agreement, without some kind of remaining, residual ability to keep stability in Iraq.”

In an interview with ABC News on Saturday, Jindal again refused to say whether he would have invaded Iraq.

“I don’t think that the parlor games are helpful,” he told ABC News.

“What is helpful,” Jindal continued, “is that at the time, given the information that they had, President [George W.] Bush made absolutely the right decision. Let’s remember, the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein.”

Jeb Bush stumbled last week when asked whether he would have invaded Iraq given what he knows now. Bush initially said that he would have authorized the invasion, but later backtracked and said he misheard the question. He eventually said that he would not have gone into Iraq” if he had the information available today.

Bush’s struggle with the question last week prompted other 2016 hopefuls to weigh in on the Iraq invasion.

Watch Jindal’s interview with Iowa Public Television below:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: