Apparently Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush skipped school the day they were taught what a hypothetical was, because neither of them have been able to answer any.
On Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) became the latest GOP candidate to treat the now-infamous “knowing what we know now” hypothetical like a question that would appear on a rocketry exam.
When confronted by “Fox News Sunday” host, Chris Wallace, on whether the invasion of Iraq was “a mistake,” Rubio, like his mentor, either decided to shamelessly dodge the question or genuinely misunderstood the straightforward hypothetical.
Below is a portion of the transcript from Rubio’s painfully evasive response:
WALLACE: So, was it a mistake or not?
RUBIO: But I wouldn’t characterize it — but I don’t understand the question you’re asking, because the president–
WALLACE: I’m asking you, knowing — as we sit here in 2015 —
RUBIO: No, but that’s not the way presidents — a president cannot make decision on what someone might know in the future.
WALLACE: I understand. But that’s what I’m asking you. Was it a mistake?
RUBIO: It was not a mistake for the president to go into Iraq based on the information he was provided as president.
Today, we know of their — if we — if the president had known that there were no weapons of mass destruction at the time, you still would have had to deal with Saddam Hussein. But the process would have been different. I doubt very seriously that the president would have gotten, for example, congressional approval to move forward with an invasion had they known there were no weapons of mass destruction.
That doesn’t mean he made the wrong decision, because at the time he was presented with intelligence —
WALLACE: I understand that, but —
RUBIO: — that said there are weapons of mass destruction. He wasn’t dealing with a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was dealing with Saddam Hussein. And he made the right decision based on the information he had at that time.
We’ve learned subsequently that that information was wrong and my answer was — well, if at the time it would have been apparent that the intelligence was wrong, I don’t think George Bush would have moved forward on the invasion and he certainly wouldn’t have had Congressional approval.
But presidents don’t have the benefit of hindsight. You have to make difficult decisions based on the information that’s before you at that moment.
Watch a clip of the exchange between Wallace and Rubio, courtesy of Fox News.