CHICAGO — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says "there were mistakes made in Iraq" during his brother's presidential administration. He offered the critique Wednesday during a wide-ranging speech on foreign policy.
Speaking to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Bush said during a question-and-answer session after his speech that intelligence about Saddam Hussein's supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction was not accurate. And, Bush said, the U.S. initially failed to create a secure environment in the country after removing the Iraqi leader from power.
But Bush praised the decision by his brother — former President George W. Bush — to "surge" troops into Iraq in 2007. That added roughly 20,000 troops to the American forces in the country to improve security. Jeb Bush called that decision "one of the most historic acts of courage politically" of any president.