Jeb Bush’s Brainless Trust

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WASHINGTON — I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush.

I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two decade-long botched wars that cost tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. The nation will be dealing for a long time with struggling veterans and the loss of American prestige. Not to mention that W. let Wall Street gamble away the economy, which is only now finally creeping back.

But, all that aside, shouldn’t John Ellis Bush have the right to make the case that he is his own man?

In his foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday, Jeb was dismissive toward those who want to know where he stands in relation to his father and brother. “In fact,” he said, mockingly, “this is a great, fascinating thing in the political world for some reason.” For some reason?

Yet Jeb is bristling with Jane Austen-style condescension, acting as though he would still be where he is if his last name were Tree. The last two presidents in his party were his father and brother, and his brother crashed the family station wagon into the globe, and Jeb is going to have to address that more thoroughly than saying “there were mistakes made in Iraq for sure.”

He says he doesn’t want to focus on “the past,” and who can blame him? But how can he talk about leading America into the future if he can’t honestly assess the past, or his family’s controversial imprint?

In his speech, he blamed President Obama for the void that hatched ISIS, which he also noted didn’t exist in 2003 at the dawn of “the liberation of Iraq.” Actually, his brother’s invasion of Iraq is what spawned Al Qaeda in Iraq, which drew from an insurgency of Sunni soldiers angry about being thrown out of work by the amateurish and vainglorious viceroy, Paul Bremer.

Although Jeb likes to act as though his family is irrelevant to his ambitions, Bushworld stalwarts recite the Bush dynasty narrative like a favorite fairy tale:

The wonky Jeb, not the cocky W., was always 41’s hope. H.W. and Bar never thought W., unprepared, unruly and with a chip on his shoulder, would be president. His parents’ assumption that he was The One got in Jeb’s head and now the 62-year-old feels he needs “to try to correct and make up for some of W.’s mistakes,” as one family friend put it. The older Bush circle seems confident that Jeb sided with his father and Brent Scowcroft on the folly of letting the neocons push America into diverting from Osama to Saddam.

So for Bushworld, Jeb is the redeemer, the one who listens and talks in full sentences that make sense, the one who will restore the luster of the Bush name. But if you want to be your own person, you have to come up with your own people.

W. was a boy king, propped up by regents supplied by his father. Since he knew nothing about foreign affairs, his father surrounded him with his own advisers: Colin Powell, Condi Rice and Dick Cheney, who joined up with his pal Donald Rumsfeld and absconded with W.’s presidency.

Jeb, too, wanted to bolster his negligible foreign policy cred, so the day of his speech, his aide released a list of 21 advisers, 19 of whom had worked in the administrations of his father and his brother. The list starts with the estimable James Baker. But then it shockingly veers into warmongers.

It’s mind-boggling, but there’s Paul Wolfowitz, the unapologetic designer of the doctrine of unilateralism and pre-emption, the naïve cheerleader for the Iraq invasion and the man who assured Congress that Iraqi oil would pay for the country’s reconstruction and that it was ridiculous to think we would need as many troops to control the country as Gen. Eric Shinseki, then the Army chief of staff, suggested.

More: Jeb Bush’s Brainless Trust - The New York Times

Jeb can't tiptoe into the White House without addressing these serious issues. His daddy and brother are definitely on the table for discussion and debate regarding Jeb's presidential credibility. I can't help but think that foreign governments would seriously question American sanity if we send a THIRD Bush to the White House.
 
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Not only did Bush 43 lie us into Iraq - his daddy, Bush 41 lied us into the First Gulf War by suckering Saddam into invading Kuwait. The Bushes cost America much prestige, blood and treasure.

Bush 41 suckered Saddam into invading Kuwait by giving him the "green light" via April Glaspie.

It is now more than fifteen years since that fateful meeting on July 25, 1990 between then-US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and President Saddam Hussein that the Iraqi leader interpreted as a "green light" from Washington for his invasion of Kuwait eight days later.

TRANSCRIPT: Is the US State Department still keeping April Glaspie under wraps?

Bush 43 conjured up lies to invade Iraq a 2nd time. He was planning to invade Iraq before 9/11.

 
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Here are the main topics that I hope Jeb is repeatedly grilled on:

1. His brother's wars.

2. His father's war (suckering Saddam into Kuwait).

3. Terri Schiavo.

4. His role in the 2000 Florida presidential election.
 

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Here are the main topics that I hope Jeb is repeatedly grilled on:

1. His brother's wars.

2. His father's war (suckering Saddam into Kuwait).

3. Terri Schiavo.

4. His role in the 2000 Florida presidential election.
Because those are certainly issues vital to the country. More important than, say, how to combat radical Islamic terrorism and how to grow this economy so it isnt just the Wall St plutocrats making money.
 

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This nation has suffered at the hands of Bush 41 and Bush 43.

What makes anyone want Bush 45?

Three Bushes in a row?

Once was happenstance.

Twice was serious mistake.

Three times is just masochism.
 
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This nation has suffered at the hands of Bush 41 and Bush 43.

What makes anyone want Bush 45?

Three Bushes in a row?

Once was happenstance.

Twice was serious mistake.

Three times is just masochism.
Run Hillary we will get Bush.
 

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Here are the main topics that I hope Jeb is repeatedly grilled on:

1. His brother's wars.

2. His father's war (suckering Saddam into Kuwait).

3. Terri Schiavo.

4. His role in the 2000 Florida presidential election.
Also, they need to ask him if he voted for the war like hilary did? You're going to vote for hilary.
Was Jeb able to vote?
No, he didn't but hillary was able and she voted for it. You're going to vote for hillary.
 
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Here are the main topics that I hope Jeb is repeatedly grilled on:

1. His brother's wars.

2. His father's war (suckering Saddam into Kuwait).

3. Terri Schiavo.

4. His role in the 2000 Florida presidential election.
Also, they need to ask him if he voted for the war like hilary did? You're going to vote for hilary.
Was Jeb able to vote?
No, he didn't but hillary was able and she voted for it. You're going to vote for hillary.
Yes, I'll vote for Hillary - unless Al Gore runs.
 

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This nation has suffered at the hands of Bush 41 and Bush 43.

What makes anyone want Bush 45?

Three Bushes in a row?

Once was happenstance.

Twice was serious mistake.

Three times is just masochism.
Yes, I tend to agree.

We don't need any more dynasties... whether they be named Bush, or Clinton, or Obama, or whatever...

Time for fresh blood and new ideas, from both parties...

Fail to produce that fresh blood and new ideas at your own very great peril...
 

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'"Jeb, too, wanted to bolster his negligible foreign policy cred, so the day of his speech, his aide released a list of 21 advisers, 19 of whom had worked in the administrations of his father and his brother. The list starts with the estimable James Baker. But then it shockingly veers into warmongers.'

Warmongers who will likely attempt to take America into yet another failed, illegal war.
 
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'"Jeb, too, wanted to bolster his negligible foreign policy cred, so the day of his speech, his aide released a list of 21 advisers, 19 of whom had worked in the administrations of his father and his brother. The list starts with the estimable James Baker. But then it shockingly veers into warmongers.'

Warmongers who will likely attempt to take America into yet another failed, illegal war.
I agree! I would also add that those Bush "warmongers" would love to return to power in an attempt to rewrite history and whitewash their tarnished image.
 

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'"Jeb, too, wanted to bolster his negligible foreign policy cred, so the day of his speech, his aide released a list of 21 advisers, 19 of whom had worked in the administrations of his father and his brother. The list starts with the estimable James Baker. But then it shockingly veers into warmongers.'

Warmongers who will likely attempt to take America into yet another failed, illegal war.
What was Obama's foreign policy experience?
Jeb's team makes Obama's current foreign policy staff look like the JV team.
 
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'"Jeb, too, wanted to bolster his negligible foreign policy cred, so the day of his speech, his aide released a list of 21 advisers, 19 of whom had worked in the administrations of his father and his brother. The list starts with the estimable James Baker. But then it shockingly veers into warmongers.'

Warmongers who will likely attempt to take America into yet another failed, illegal war.
What was Obama's foreign policy experience?
Jeb's team makes Obama's current foreign policy staff look like the JV team.
President Obama isn't a warmonger like the Bushes.
 

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'"Jeb, too, wanted to bolster his negligible foreign policy cred, so the day of his speech, his aide released a list of 21 advisers, 19 of whom had worked in the administrations of his father and his brother. The list starts with the estimable James Baker. But then it shockingly veers into warmongers.'

Warmongers who will likely attempt to take America into yet another failed, illegal war.
What was Obama's foreign policy experience?
Jeb's team makes Obama's current foreign policy staff look like the JV team.
President Obama isn't a warmonger like the Bushes.
LOL!
That's why he ordered a useless surge in Afghanistan that killed thousands of US troops?
That's why he bombed numerous countries?
That's why he's sending troops back into Iraq?
And that's absent anything like 9/11 and a real terrorist threat.
 

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