Jeb Bush Uses Op-Ed To Belittle Obama’s Foreign Policy As “Schoolyard Antics”



In a March 25th Op-Ed for National Review, former Florida Governor, and presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush took aim at Barack Obama’s foreign policy. In particular, Bush criticized the President for pursuing a nuclear agreement with Iran, and he disparaged the President’s chilly relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bush belittled Obama’s foreign policy as weak and uncertain. Bush added that, in his view, the Obama administration “indulges our enemies and attacks our friends”.  Bush’s most trenchant remarks concerned President Obama’s relationship with Israel. Jeb Bush castigated the President, writing:

This is no way to treat an ally. Conducting the foreign policy of a great nation requires maturity and a strategic sense of America’s long-term interests. This is no time for schoolyard antics.


In singling out President Obama for criticism, Bush failed to mention the antics of the 47 Republican Senators who attempted to subvert diplomacy by signing an open letter to the Iranian government. He didn’t bring up the Cotton letter telling Iran’s leaders that any agreement made could be undone by Republican Senators, or by the next President.

Bush also made no mention that former Secretary of State, James Baker, who served in his father’s administration, supports a nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States. Baker is an informal foreign policy adviser to Jeb Bush’s campaign, but Baker remains critical of Netanyahu’s leadership. In trying to depict President Obama as a petulant child, Jeb Bush overlooks the fact that responsible voices in both parties recognize that Netanyahu is toxic for peace in the Middle East, and that a U.S. diplomatic agreement with Iran is worth pursuing.

Jeb Bush is trying to portray Barack Obama’s rational foreign policy as ineffective and childish. While that attempt may succeed with the conservative Republican base, most reasonable analysts see Obama’s approach as cautious, but productive. Schoolyard antics might be a better description of the Republicans approach to foreign policy. Not only the 47 Republican Senators who signed the “Cotton letter”, but also the last GOP President, Jeb’s brother.

Through the course of George W. Bush’s presidency, Jeb never referred to his brother’s foreign policy foibles as schoolyard antics. When Dubya stood on an aircraft carrier, donning a flight suit, to deliver a grandstanding speech, in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner, Jeb offered no critique of the stunt. Jeb was also silent in 2006, when his brother tried to goad Iraqi fighters into attacking American troops, with the schoolyard taunt “bring ’em on”.

Jeb Bush knows that bashing Obama’s foreign policy is a way to score cheap political points with conservative Republicans who will be primary voters in 2016. However, Mr. Bush, like every other presidential contender on the Republican side, fails to present a rational foreign policy alternative.

The Republicans offer nothing but warmongering rhetoric towards Iran and knee-jerk support for Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. They criticize thoughtful foreign policy decisions as schoolyard antics while offering no constructive alternative. Mr. Bush is right about one thing. This is no time for schoolyard antics. Bush and his fellow Republicans ought to stop engaging in them.

28 Replies to “Jeb Bush Uses Op-Ed To Belittle Obama’s Foreign Policy As “Schoolyard Antics””

  1. America you have a choice. War or peace. You have a decision to make but don’t think long and hard, Iraq was a debacle times that by a hundred and you have Iran

  2. Bullies will always be bullies.

    Another campaign without new ideas, just full of hate and untruths directed at our successful President.

  3. He has almost all of the same foreign advisors as W. Think about that-the same ones who took us into Iraq.

    Has anyone noticed Cheney has been meeting with the repugs. Probably lobbying for a job for his rotten spawn, Liz.

    I just don’t think Jeb can run and totally ignore his brother’s failures.

  4. I don’t think Bush using the same tired GOP talking points castigated Pres Obama. Not fond of that word in same sentence w/ PBO!

  5. “Schoolyard Antics”?? Give me a f’n break! What are these morons going to throw at us next?

    They can’t stand the fact that the President does not want another war….

    Just shaking my head here….

  6. Bush vs. Clinton.
    Now there’s a joyous prospect. /s

    I’d sooner trust a Bigfoot sighting than either of them. not/s

    God help us.

    Now, back to the owl cam.
    I’ll send back reports.

  7. Did something happen? Why is Iran considered our enemy? Did they do something that I missed? Were we attacked by them?

  8. Iran has been helping the American effort to control IS. Today the Saudi’s jumped into the fracas. The entire region is a very dangerous hot spot and I think of all the crap that could tip the balance of this fragile situation. The republicans can throw a wrench into the mix (which they already have)and really screw things up. I hope President Obama is able to see the US through this global mess. He has all the tools to bring this region back to peaceful coexistence but, he also has some very evil people that will do anything to stop his success. The Bush clan will stop at nothing!

  9. Yes, and even maggots have a constructive purpose. The Bush’s have no redeeming qualities and their purposes are destructive in every way.

    Without the Bushes, there would be no ISIS.

  10. “This is no way to treat an ally.”

    That line should be written about Mr. Netanyahu. Schoolyard antics are what the Republicans have been up to for six years. The “we won’t play unless we can make our own rules and facts” is the stuff of spoiled brats.

  11. John Ellis Bush will have to defend “stand
    your ground” which is his gift to FL. Only
    NRA fanatics who support murdering slime
    like Zimmerman will feel we need a third
    turd administration. It’d be hilarious if it
    wasn’t so scarey.

  12. Well even Obama’s “school-yard antics’ are head and shoulders above the Republicans “Shoot to kill” attitude about everything.

  13. Sorry, Charlie. You’ve not been paying attention if you see some equivalence between the Bushes and Clintons. In your case the ninja slow mind trick, that is the only hope for republicans, is working. [WINK]

  14. When will an interviewer with a brain go down the list of countries one by one and ask what he would do in that particular situation. I can say that many of the countries in the middle east themselves do not have a good idea of who is for them and who is against them, todays allies could be tomorrows enemies. Also, as in Vietnam the
    bad guys used to surround themselves with
    innocents in the villages who would have to take the brunt of any attacks.They just love human shields.

  15. Ah you may want to check your facts because all indications are she is embracing Obamas coalition with auction’s by hiring his people and Obamas ideas

  16. We’ll see.

    She’ll inch to the left to appease the base but if she lurches to the left she would (probably) lose in the general.

  17. Did the Mullahs attack us? I agree Iran is not to be trusted a lot, but how can you trust a Country that has spied on us every since we helped them become Israel? Fired upon our USS Liberty? ” we will squeeze America for all we can get, then let it dry up and blow away”. Now does these sound like the words of a trusted partner? These are Benjamin Netanyahu’s own words from a video that has surfaced. Israel is now way our “friend”.

  18. Jeb is not one to talk about “schoolyard antics”. Him and his family are the originators of them. He’s the 3rd strike in that family. Having lived through 2 other “Shrubs” I could never vote or want him in the Presidency. It’s the same old,tired,war Mongers with just a little different face. The old gang is licking their fingers to get back in the game. This country will be worse off with them.

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