In a speech that sounded like it could have been delivered by his brother, Jeb Bush revised the history of the Iraq war in order to blame Obama, and left the door wide open to bringing back torture if he wins the White House.
During an event in Iowa, Bush made his most explicit comments indicating that his administration will be a return to the policies of his brother.
Defense One reported:
“I do think, in general, that torture is not appropriate and effective, and the change in policy that my brother did and was put into executive order form by the president was the proper thing to do,” he continued. But he added later, “That’s why I’m not saying that in every condition under every possible scenario [we wouldn’t use torture] — God knows what the next president is going to have to do.”
When pressed to say whether he could commit to keeping President Barack Obama’s executive order, Bush reiterated, “I’m not gonna go through every possible scenario that’s gonna come up.”
“At the moment, we’ve got people out there protecting the United States of America, protecting its citizens. And one of the most important duties, if not the most important duty of the president is to do the same.”
Jeb Bush is his “own man,” but if he is elected to serve as the nation’s next president GITMO will stay open, torture will be back on the table, and troops will be returning to Iraq. The Jeb Bush campaign is sounding a lot like the failed presidency of his brother, George W. Bush.
With one speech, Jeb Bush revealed what makes him unelectable. Democrats and Independents definitely don’t want a return of the Bush years, and a sizable number of Republicans aren’t thrilled with the idea either. There is a reason Bush has fallen back to the middle of the Republican pack.
A vote for Jeb is a vote for W, which is why voters have so far rejected Jeb Bush’s call to rise up and restore his brother’s failed policies.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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