WATCH: Middle East Ground War — A Bush Family Tradition

In a shock to no one, we’ve got a third Bush calling for another large-scale ground invasion in the Middle East.

You might expect Jeb Bush to show some restraint, in light of his brother’s ill-advised 2003 invasion of Iraq that’s cost hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars — and counting. But Jeb called George W.’s war a “pretty good deal” in August, so it isn’t all too surprising that he wants to carry on the old family legacy.

Jeb Bush wants a full-fledged, boots-on-the-ground invasion — a show of “overwhelming force” — against ISIS. Hey, say what you will about the Five-Percent Firebrand, he does have respect for the Bush family tradition.

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Rubio Chooses Fundraisers Over Classified Paris ISIS Briefings

In the wake of ISIS attacks in Paris, Marco Rubio yesterday chose to fundraise in California over attending a classified Foreign Relations hearing, and looks set to skip a classified Intelligence briefing today with Secretary Kerry at 2pm for a Phoenix fundraiser — less than 24 hours after the alleged attack leader was killed.

How does Rubio expect voters to look past missing vital classified briefings on the Paris attacks and still argue that his Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committee work is preparing him?

Watch local and national news clips on Rubio’s attendance this week:

Des Moines, IA — WOI ABC

Macon, GA — WGXA Fox

Columbia, SC — WACH Fox

Bloomberg With All Due Respect

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Jeb Bush Goes Full Dubya: Calls For Troops On The Ground Against ISIS

Jeb has spent most of his campaign fumbling as he attempts to get out of his big brother’s shadow, but yesterday the younger Bush fully embraced W.’s strategy in the Middle East. Outlining his military strategy against ISIS, Jeb Bush called for America to put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Take a look at the latest coverage of Jeb seizing his family’s failed Middle East legacy:

Washington Post: Jeb Bush calls for use of ‘overwhelming force,’ including ground troops, against ISIS
The speech laid bare a policy that could ultimately result in a third president named Bush deploying U.S. military forces in the Middle East. Overall, his proposals amount to a more muscular version of the approach President Obama is pursuing and is largely in line with what other GOP presidential candidates and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton have outlined.

Huffington Post: Jeb Bush Calls For U.S. Ground Troops […]

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Walker’s Stock Crashing, Adviser Equates Union Conflict With Foreign Policy Experience

It’s no secret that Scott “Worldly” Walker’s stock is crashing — hard and fast. Time and time again, Walker’s tripped himself up on both foreign and domestic policy — doubling and trippling down on gaffes, then awkwardly walking them back whenever he can get away with it.

And, though some may have missed it over the long weekend, one of Scott Walker’s foreign policy advisers, Jim Talent, just resurrected an old Walker favorite that exposes just how painfully unaware and inexperienced Walker is when it comes to foreign policy. The New York Times Magazine’s Robert Draper reported:

Talent’s candidate — a Wisconsin governor with no experience on international issues — is obligated to come up with a vision from scratch. Talent asserts that Walker, the man who dismantled Wisconsin’s public-employee unions, will face down enemies abroad with equal fortitude.  

This, of course, is a nice throwback to Scott Walker’s similar assertion this year, […]

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PolitiFact: Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS

But Bush’s look back at U.S. failures in Iraq doesn’t tell the whole story. A review by PolitiFact shows he leaves out some key turning points.

“We had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, that could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress,” Bush said in May. We rated that claim Mostly False.
The so-called Status of Forces Agreement to which he was referring was created in 2008, before Obama took office. President George W. Bush and then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed U.S. forces would leave the country by the end of 2011. There were no stipulations about leaving a certain number of troops in Iraq beyond then, although negotiators assumed a new agreement would be hammered out when the old one expired.
Obama, who during his 2008 presidential campaign made promises to […]

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Jeb Bush’s Hypocrisy on W. Privatizing Social Security

Jeb Bush backed down on supporting his brother’s plan to privatize parts of Social Security and cut benefits. After going all in during a June event that “the next president’s gonna have to try again” on W’s privatization plan, Jeb today reversed course and said that he doesn’t support it.

What’s more, did Jeb really just say that he would go even further than W’s privatization? He said, quote, “It would have made sense back then and now we’re way beyond that.”

Watch American Bridge’s footage of Jeb today:

Jeb in June:


Jeb Bush Pitched George W. Bush’s Social Security Proposal To Florida Voters

2005: Jeb Bush Pitched George W. Bush’s Social Security Plan. According to Florida Today, “Republican leaders in the Senate, while supportive of Bush, warned that more needs to be done to persuade Americans the changes are necessary. Although he doesn’t have a formal role in the Bush administration’s Social Security […]

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A Jebberish Defense Of Iraq War Troop Withdrawal

SHOT: Jeb Bush: Remarks at the APPS Iowa National Security Forum

Jeb Bush: “It was clear on both sides in 2008, at the end of my brother’s term, that there was a need to renegotiate this agreement in 2011. I mean, to rewrite history now I think is completely improper. And it didn’t happen. It could have happened, for sure. The Iraqis wanted it to happen.”

CHASER: Defense One: Odierno Wades Into GOP Battle Over Iraq War

“Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. Army’s top officer, pushed back on the Iraq War blame game that has dominated the GOP 2016 presidential campaign trail, saying that the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was the Bush administration’s plan all along. Odierno, formerly the senior U.S. general in Iraq, said he was unconvinced at the time that the Iraqi parliament would have approved a longer stay for American troops had Obama administration officials successfully negotiated for […]

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VIDEO: A Self-Inflicted Jeb Jab On His Brother’s Iraq Invasion

In a dubious strategy to defend his brother’s invasion of Iraq and embrace what the Washington Post calls his “great potential weaknesses,” Jeb emerged Tuesday as an ardent defender of the Iraq invasion and the massive foreign policy failure that was the Bush Doctrine.

What are the preliminary reviews of Jeb’s grand — if ill-advised — foreign policy foray?

They’re calling his defense of his brother’s misguided Iraq invasion “revisionism,” “inaccurate,” an “embrace” of his family legacy, and, most-tellingly – and alarmingly — a return to the “Bush Doctrine.”

Watch American Bridge’s new video: “Revisionist History 101 with Jeb W.Bush.”

And here’s what news outlets are saying about Jeb’s ill-advised decision to lean in hard on his brother’s Iraq invasion:MSNBC: Video: Jeb Bush Trying To Rewrite The History Of The Iraq War
This is very treacherous territory for Jeb Bush.

Every time Jeb Bush and Iraq appear in a headline together, or […]

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Mission Accomplished?

Hoping that no one Googles him and discovers not just his last name, but also his support for his brother’s foreign policy and invasion of Iraq, Jeb will this evening give a foreign policy speech in which he plans to somehow whitewash his family’s history with Iraq.

Since his brother, President George W. Bush, decided to invade Iraq, Jeb has been a full-throated supporter of the invasion — even saying several months ago that despite knowing what we know now, he would still have authorized the Iraq war. Having 19 of his brother and father’s foreign policy advisors doesn’t help his cause. (And the irony of them writing his speech tonight? Come on.)

We look forward to Jeb addressing all of this and more this evening, but won’t be holding our breath.

Watch American Bridge’s video on Jeb calling his brother his top foreign policy advisor in the Middle East:



In 2003, Bush […]

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From The Same Guys Who Brought You: ‘Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran’

The GOP field is in a tizzy, but these canned statements are less about the right strategy for American foreign policy than they are transparent attempts to outflank their competitors through fear-mongering.  Consider the sources. It took Jeb Bush 13 years and one painfully long week to figure out whether invading Iraq was a good idea. Marco Rubio’s answer on the same question was harder to follow than Richard Kimble. And Scott Walker is the guy who thinks he can beat ISIS because he took on teachers and firefighters, and that foreign policy achievement amounts to firing air traffic controllers.

Read the red meat, or just skip right to this classic GOP hit, “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran”:

Jeb Bush
“The nuclear agreement announced by the Obama Administration today is a dangerous, deeply flawed, and short sighted deal.

“A comprehensive agreement should require Iran to verifiably abandon […]

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