On Wednesday, former Florida Governor and probable candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, Jeb Bush, gave a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where he said that he was “fortunate” to have two family members who had experience in shaping foreign policy. He acknowledged that if he were to win the presidency, his policies would be compared to theirs.
He said that he would not be a third edition of their administrations however:
“I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man — and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences. Each president learns from those who came before — their principles … their adjustments. One thing we know is this: Every president inherits a changing world … and changing circumstances.”
His not-yet campaign announced a list of his foreign policy advisers, a list that may lead some to believe that discerning any difference in his policies from the former Bush administrations may prove difficult to do.
Of the 21 names on the list, 19 were on the foreign policy teams of either his father, brother or both. All but one, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Representative for Florida’s 21st congressional district from 1993 to 2011, served as advisers to one or more of the last three Republican presidents.
Those from his brother’s administration include Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and two former Homeland Security secretaries, Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge.
Wolfowitz is the man who assured us going into Iraq that there would be no sectarian violence after the fall of Saddam, a prediction that proved to be well off the mark as the coalition government put together by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, brutally oppressed the Sunni population.
Michael Hayden, who was CIA director at the time, assured us that there were WMDs in Iraq prior to the invasion, although evidence emerged afterward that the CIA and MI6 knew before the invasion that Iraq had no such weapons at the time.
With this team of foreign policy experts how reliable is Jeb’s insistence that his would not be a third term of the failed policies of his brother and father?
Watch his remarks in Chicago below.