Courtesy of TPM:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday offered yet another answer on the Iraq war saying that, given what he knows now, he would not have authorized an invasion of Iraq.
Those comments strongly contrast ones he made on Monday to Fox's Megyn Kelly when he said he would have authorized an invasion. A day later, he backtracked, saying he misheard the question and did not know what he would have done. On Wednesday, Bush said he refused to answer as it would be a disservice to American troops.
But at an event in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday, Bush gave yet another answer.
"I would have not engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq," Bush said.
That's all that Talking Points Memo offered, but the Washington Post added this:
"That's not to say the world is safer (I think you meant "Isn't safer.") because Saddam Hussein is gone. It is significantly safer. (No, actually it's not.) That's not to say that there was a courageous effort to bring about a surge that created stability in Iraq. All of that is true. And that's not to say that the men and women that have served in uniform, and many others that went to Iraq to serve did so certainly honorably. But we've answered the question now."
So as you can see Jebbie is still trying to thread the needle here by not outright condemning his brother's choice to go to war, but also not suggesting that he would have made the exact same choice.
However considering that it took him three tries to verbalize an answer that does not put him in lockstep with his brother's terrible choices, I think it's pretty clear that the damage has been done.