I hate to say this, but Donald Trump and I found ourselves in agreement today on Jeb Bush and the legacy of the Iraq War. I argued this morning that Jeb! had decided to go stupid on Iraq. I did not speculate as to why this might be true, other than alluding to his Bush-era advisers.
Appearing at the Iowa State Fair with a great show of technology and panache, Trump expressed some ideas of his own when he told the crowd that,
Jeb Bush is a puppet to his donors, there is no question about it. He’s got lobbyists – I know them – he’s got lobbyists, and you know, he’s made statements over the past couple of days that are incredible, trying to justify the war in Iraq – can’t be justified – and then he said skin in the game. I don’t know if you saw his recent statement, he said the United States has to prove to Iraq that we have skin in the game. We spent $2 trillion thousands so lives lost, wounded warriors who I love all over the place, and he said we have to prove we have skin in the game. I think it may be one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard. Skin in the game. We don’t have to prove anything…it was one of the dumbest things that ever, and I think what happened…is that his brother probably said ‘hey you’re killing me,’ that was his war, and he looks very bad. So this is how Jeb Bush tried to push back, but when he said we have to prove to Iraq that we have skin in the game and we lost those lives and all that money, I think he should apologize to families of the people.
It is obvious that Donald Trump is not the most honest man who ever ran for President on the Republican ticket. But he is right about Jeb Bush. As I pointed out this morning, Jeb! has gone stupid on Iraq. He approached common sense, and then appeared to think better of it.
And Donald Trump was there to jump all over him and his attempts to weasel out of it. Trump’s fellow candidates should have learned by now that if Fox News will not call them out on their alternate realities, that Trump will. The problem is that there is nobody to call Trump out on his own.
As Megyn Kelly just found out, her employer, Fox News, certainly won’t.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.