The issue made headlines this week after former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was asked about his brother’s decision. During a taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program which will air at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Jindal said those kind of “hypothetical games about foreign policy” aren’t productive.
“There are a lot of these parlor games,” Jindal said. “You know we could ask: ‘Should Bill Clinton have taken out Osama bin Laden after the first World Trade Center bombing? Should Eisenhower have listened to Patton and stopped the Soviets from going into eastern Europe? Should have the country have bought Alaska for $7 million?'” Jindal says. “I am glad we bought Louisiana, by the way. I’m glad that Thomas Jefferson did that. I thought that was a very good purchase.”
According to Jindal, it is “important to remember” that at the time President Bush decided to go to war in Iraq, Saddam Hussein was a “menace to his neighbors” who had used chemical weapons on his own citizens and who was blocking United Nations weapons inspections.
“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.
Jindal addressed a wide range of topics in the interview, from the controversial ‘common core” educational standards to his support of the federal death penalty for crimes like the Boston Marathon bombing.
According to Jindal, voters aren’t focusing on a candidate’s fundraising prowess, but they’re seeking “big change” in Washington and a candidate who has “big ideas.”
“This is not going to be an auction. I don’t think it’s going to be won just simply by the person who has the most money,” Jindal said. “I think voters are going to wait, take the time to kick the tires.”
Jindal is one of the 11 candidates who will speak Saturday at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines.