During a Friday press conference, Jeb Bush basically said that he wants to pretend the U.S.-led wars in the Middle East never happened.
“I won’t talk about the past,” Bush said when asked how he would have handled the conflicts differently, according to The Washington Post. “I’ll talk about the future. If I’m in the process of considering the possibility of running, it’s not about re-litigating anything in the past. It’s about trying to create a set of ideas and principles that will help us move forward.”
He said that he preferred to focus on a more positive vision for the country. According to sources, Jeb is scheduled to make a speech addressing his ideas about foreign policy, including the rise of the Islamic State, in Chicago next week. That should definitely be interesting.
From The Huffington Post:
It’s unlikely Bush will be able to avoid the subject for long. Democrats are already pointing to his brother’s legacy, which has left U.S. forces in the Middle East more than a decade after their initial deployment. Both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars remain unpopular — with a 2013 poll finding majorities that said the campaigns were not worth the tremendous sacrifice. Some Republicans, too, are likely to criticize Bush over the matter. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another would-be presidential candidate with libertarian leanings, has spoken out against false pretenses used to justify the war.
“We have some big, hairy, complicated things we need to fix and one of those is what the role of America is in the world to protect our safety and security, but also to promote security and peace around the world, and I think we can be a force for good,” he said.