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When Jeb Bush said his brother was 'on the right track' in Iraq

Email from Jeb Bush to Tampa woman

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Email from Jeb Bush to Tampa woman



Jeb Bush in a speech Wednesday stepped gingerly around the Iraq war, for obvious reasons. But it's worth looking back to when the war began and the majority of Americans were in support.

On March 17, 2003 -- three days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq would begin -- Bush got an email from a Tampa woman named Jan Fowler, who had corresponded with him before.

“For the benefit of Florida citizens who depend on your leadership and US citizens who are governed by your brother, I am appealing to you to stop this war, if it is in your power to do.”

Fowler concluded that the war “will make George W go down as the worst president in history and you will suffer for that too. Please respond.”

Bush did.

“I respectfully disagree with you," he wrote. "I think our President is right on track. His speech tonight made our position clear and I am gratified that 60% of the American public agrees. I truly respect your point of view but don’t believe that we are on the wrong track.”

[Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:11am]


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