Jeb Bush blundered his big foreign policy debut and surprisingly, not a peep about it on ATS yet. This is the speech for which the "I'm my own man"
statements were first released, in a packet that went out to the press on Tuesday. Anyone who is likely to vote in the GOP primaries, please do not
help this clown get nominated (unless you were leaning toward Ben Carson, he's insane).
Supposedly, he's the 'smart one' but then again, the bar hasn't exactly been set very high. Annnnyway, Jeb "I'm my own man" Bush spoke in front of 800
or so folks and the press at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on Wednesday, followed by a Q&A session and it suffices to say, he did not reveal
himself to be very adept.
Some of the highlights:
- Stated that ISIS had 200,000 battle-tested men, when in fact the estimates are about 1/10th of that (20,000-30,000). A spokesman later said that he
misspoke and actually "meant 20,000."
- Given that glaring inaccuracy, it shouldn't be surprising that he doesn't care enough to educate himself about ISIS to the extent that he'd know
that the leader of ISIS is not:
"the guy that's the supreme leader or whatever his new title is — head of the caliphate."
- He's already invoking 9/11 as a justification for anything
much like his brother's administration. From
"Time and time again, we have learned that if we withdraw from the defense of liberty elsewhere, the battle eventually comes to us anyway —
in our cities, in our streets, and in our skies,” Jeb Bush said. “The enemies of freedom will never be content to live in their own dark corner of
the globe. They must eventually strike out at America. And they often do."
Yes folks, we are obligated to military intervention after military intervention ad infinitum because 9/11 happened. That doesn't seem reasonable?
Well then you obviously hate freedom, America, the troops, Thomas Jefferson and baby Jesus.
- What else can we justify with 9/11? Oh yeah, the NSA metadata collection program that has faded out of the media spotlight. No change from Obama or
GWB here. From National Journal
"That requires responsible intelligence-gathering and analysis, including the NSA metadata program, which contributes to awareness of
potential terrorist cells and interdiction efforts on a global scale," Bush said. "For the life of me, I don't understand [how] the debate has gotten
off track, where we're not understanding and protecting—we do protect our civil liberties, but this is a hugely important program to use these
technologies to keep us safe"
- While he did manage to introduce a new term for his prospective policies, "liberty diplomacy," he really couldn't explain much about what these
policies entailed. He's obviously hip to GWB's use of bravado in lieu of specifics. From
"We have to develop a strategy, that’s global, that takes them out," Bush said. "First, the strategy, you know, needs to be restrain them,
tighten the noose, and then taking them out is the strategy."
- He's already picking up where his brother left off with moronic mispronunciations, having his own noo-cue-ler
moments. Come on, "Bo-coo"
Haram? Not the end of the world, but is it too much to ask for somebody who wants to be President actually know the names of things and how to say
them? Clearly he wants to be well rounded, he did after all say that he "[forces himself] to go visit Asia four times a year." (Don't do the Asians
too much of a favor)
The Bush doth protest too much, methinks. Based on this speech, he's sounding a lot like GWB.
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