The Pardu

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fox News 2; GOP 0...Why Can't The GOP Answer The Questions? "If You Know What You Know Now....?"

Is the Iraq War becoming a Achilles Heel for GOP presidential candidates? Could the nation finally see a distant light of comeuppance regarding a failed policy from a failed administration? 

Of course, some will respond with Democrats also authorized the invasion. Well, yes if we consider the real prospect the Bush Administration literally faked the "evidence" while knowing full well Saddam had no WMD.

In 2005, Pentagon insider and aide to Colin Powell commented about WMD.

According to Larry Wilkerson, Powell's chief of staff, here's what Powell was thinking at the time:
WILKERSON: [Powell] had walked into my office musing and he said words to the effect of, I wonder how we'll all feel if we put half a million troops in Iraq and march from one end of the country to the other and find nothing.
Richard Clarke, White House insider and the inside scoop on Bush's wanting of Saddam Hussein. 60 Minutes June 2004; linked.

Bush wanted to bomb Iraq in 2001?  Linked.

Insiders, even if on a mission of revenge, generally offer some degree of factual reporting. In Clarke's case there seems to be other indications of a strong degree of veracity in his remarks. For his involvement in Bush's charade, Clarke apologized to 9/11 victim's families and the public during hearing testimony.

Leap forward to today's cadre of GOP presidential candidates. Why are the top tier candidates stumbling, tumbling and mumbling through answer to questions that should offer clear opportunity to divest from Bush's malfeasance? Are members of the GOP so comfortable the US public has forgotten the horrors of the full scope of the Iraq War, they need not prepare for the questions about the failed Bush policy? Where are their campaign staff and advisers? How about Reince Priebus and his RNC and their role in prepping for 2016? One last question. Are these potential presidential candidate so comfortable in the fact they will not appear on progressive media, CNN will not ask the tough question and print media is practically a dead news entity, they need not prepare for questions about the right and wrong of the Iraq invasion? Well, as some would say "the worm has turned." 

Fox News is asking the question and garnering significant journalistic booty (as in pirates booty) from gleefully appearing GOP candidates. I digress. the need for the parenthetic qualifier would be nil with any other cable news network).

To date and after a full week of meandering and stuttering about via Jeb Bush, Fox News has a commanding lead in journalistic gotchas. The conservative news network is 2-0 on Bush's Iraq.  

Jeb Bush at the start of his week.

Marco Rubio and inexcusable babbling replete with an analogy to the Mayweather/ Pacquiao championship fight.

Who is next?

Maybe the next GP candidate will find a way to acclimate to the reality The Bush Administration worked hard and with great malfeasance to enter the Iraq War and simply answer the question without stuttering, I have not yet seen evidence of such, but I will wager the Kentucky Chameleon Rand Paul has all barrels loaded with an answer that will thrill most Americans. He has already stated the world would be much better off if Saddam had been left in power in Iraq.

We can rest assured no GOP candidate will go into US election campaign history with a crown jewel as that handed to Jeb Bush by a 19 year old college student.

“Your brother created ISIS,” Ivy Ziedrich.
“It was when 30,000 individuals who are part of the Iraqi military—they were forced out,” she continued. “They had no employment, they had no income, yet they were left with access to all the same arms and weapons. Your brother created ISIS!”

At that moment Bush patted Ziedrich on the arm and said, “All right. Is that a question?”

Ziedrich shot back: “You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir. You could just answer my question.”
Bush returned: “Pedantic? Wow.”
Would anyone care to wager Jeb Bush did not know the word "pedantic?" 

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