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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NEW VIDEO: Marco Rubio’s Foreign Policy Flop

Need to know the definition of nation building? Or wondering if you should liquidate your retirement funds? Don’t ask Marco Rubio. With one flustered response after another, it’s become clear that Rubio’s finances aren’t the only thing that don’t stand up well to scrutiny. Between his botched answer on the Iraq War and reputation as an absentee member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Florida senator’s standing as a foreign policy “expert” has fallen flat.

Watch the latest from American Bridge on Rubio’s Foreign Policy Flop:

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Jeb Gets Four Pinnochios on ISIS, Takes on More Water Over W

Jeb Bush is taking on still more water as he struggles to avoid his brother’s disastrous political legacy. First, the Washington Post Fact Checker awarded Jeb four Pinocchios for his botched attempt to pass the blame on his brother’s mess in Iraq:

Bush seems to have fallen prey to Washington conventional wisdom, in which ISIS suddenly emerged into consciousness in the past year or so. That may be fine for armchair analysts or journalists. But that’s little excuse for a presidential candidate, who might have to grapple with this problem if he or she is elected president.

Instead, Bush flatly stated as fact that ISIS did not exist when his brother was president — and that al-Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when Obama took office. Both statements are false and worthy of Four Pinocchios.
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VIDEO: ‘Misoverestimated': Jeb Bush’s Terrible Week

Jeb Bush isn’t even a candidate for president but he’s already close to ruining his chances. His week could be best described as a series of amateur, unforced errors and stark revelations about the former governor’s views on foreign policy and the Iraq War. What’s clear is that Jeb isn’t his “own man.” More worrisome, his failures on the campaign trail makes one wonder: Will he be an even worse president than his brother?

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‘Misoverestimated': Jeb Bush’s Terrible Week

It’s only Thursday and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say Jeb Bush has had the worst week of any presidential candidate this cycle. He’s aligning himself with his brother’s disastrous foreign policy, running scared from the conservative wing of his party, flubbing answers to simple questions and, unsurprisingly, tanking in the polls. Speaking in the language coined by his brother, Bushism, it looks like we “misoverestimated” Jeb and his bid for the White House.

Take a look at Bush’s wince-inducing week:


Politico: Was Jeb dropped on head as a child?: “So to fully appreciate the importance of Jeb’s revelation that George W. will be his chief adviser when it comes to the Mideast, you’ve got to keep in mind that Jeb’s entire campaign is built around one selling point: Jeb is the smart one in the family.”

New York Times: Wow, Jeb Bush Is Awful: “The bottom line is that so far he seems to be a terrible candidate. He couldn’t keep his ‘I’m-my-own-man’ mantra going through the spring. He over-babbled at a private gathering. He didn’t know how to answer the Iraq question, which should have been the first thing he tackled on the first day he ever considered that he might someday think for even a minute about running for president.”

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