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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Jeb Bush Covered In Ivy Ziedrich "Your Brother Created ISIS"

'Your Brother Created ISIS'
Not only " pedantic", how about nonverbal condescending?
As Jeb Bush stumbles through his traipse across the nation campaigning and raising money, the fact that he has not declared as a candidate for the GOP 2016 nomination process is both confounding and perplexing.

His undeclared sojourn has stumbled so badly this week, the junior Bush should probably consult with Mitt Romney on how not to go about a campaign. Bush's week reminds of the two week period prior to the 2012 General Elections, Romney devoted to an effort to appear internationally "presidential.'  The Keystone Cop campaign stumbled at each campaign stop with unbelievable insensitivity that span racist remarks via a noted campaign manager in England through offending the Palestinian people while visiting Israel.  Inexcusable but nonetheless the reality. 

Bush's stumbling takes on a heightened sense of ridiculous. First, he hasn't yet declared as a candidate (as previously states). Next, his intimate adviser core is showing as (excuse the unintentional yet unavoidable pun) "bush league." While the future candidate made a critical blunder while appearing on Fox News, let's first explore an interaction that took place yesterday.

While attending and speaking to a town hall audience in Reno Nevada, the probably candidate ran-up against a buzz-saw. A nineteen year old college student apparently took great exception to Bush's continue characterization of President Obama's foreign policy as "weak." Before the video, it should be noted Bush is merely following the common GOP campaign script of blaming President Obama for all that is wrong in the Middle East, without regard to pre-2009 (Obama inauguration) and Bush Administration malfeasance. 

The interaction via Huffington Post. (captioned CNN version below)

CNN version with captions.

"Why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it's pointless wars where we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism? Why are you spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?" asked Ivy Ziedrich, a college Democrat at the University of Nevada. 
Bush told the student "we respectfully disagree, we have a disagreement" and again pointed to Obama's failure to broker an agreement with the Iraqi government to leave a residual force of American troops after the U.S.'s withdrawal in late 2011. 
"Immediately, that void was filled," Bush said. "Look, we can rewrite history all you want. But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because America pulled back." 
The student also called Bush "pedantic" after he asked the student if she was planning to ask a question after she alleged Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, created ISIS.
"Pedantic? Wow," Bush retorted.
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The Huffington Post piece offers a detailed partial validation of Ivy Ziedrich's remarks. 

Ziedrich's case is stronger than it may seem. To be sure, had the U.S. not invaded Iraq, the region's history would have unfolded differently. But more to her point, specific decisions made by the Bush administration also led to the rise of ISIS. Most notably, the administration engaged in a widespread and controversial policy known as debaathification, which made most people, even low-level bureaucrats, who had been associated with the former regime, ineligible for government employment in the new era. The German magazine Der Spiegel in April published a trove of documents that once belonged to the mastermind of ISIS, Haji Bakr, who created the infrastructure of the Islamic State.
Der Spiegel describes the route Bakr took to found ISIS:
In 2010, Bakr and a small group of former Iraqi intelligence officers made Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir and later "caliph," the official leader of the Islamic State. They reasoned that Baghdadi, an educated cleric, would give the group a religious face.
Bakr was "a nationalist, not an Islamist," says Iraqi journalist Hisham al-Hashimi, as he recalls the former career officer, who was stationed with Hashimi's cousin at the Habbaniya Air Base. "Colonel Samir," as Hashimi calls him, "was highly intelligent, firm and an excellent logistician." But when Paul Bremer, then head of the US occupational authority in Baghdad, "dissolved the army by decree in May 2003, he was bitter and unemployed."
Thousands of well-trained Sunni officers were robbed of their livelihood with the stroke of a pen. In doing so, America created its most bitter and intelligent enemies. Bakr went underground and met Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Anbar Province in western Iraq. Zarqawi, a Jordanian by birth, had previously run a training camp for international terrorist pilgrims in Afghanistan. Starting in 2003, he gained global notoriety as the mastermind of attacks against the United Nations, US troops and Shiite Muslims. He was even too radical for former Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Zarqawi died in a US air strike in 2006
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The Huff Post piece also ventured into another Bush debacle: his remarks to Fox News's Megyn Kelly about his brothers Iraq War. Since we know you have seen the ill-advised effort to prop-up his brothers malfeasance, we will not re post the Kelly segment.  

We will revisit the Romney campaign once again. 

Apparently, Bush advisers consulted with the now defunct Romney Team. Jeb has come-out with an Etch-A-Sketch rewording of his previous statements. He now says the hypothetical question from Kelly threw him off that resulted in mis-answer to the question.  We do not find the need to comment further, let's just run the video.

"Bush" League! 

The candidate should have anticipated the question and his advisers should have worked-up a response much sooner then five (5) years laters. Five days of totally stumbling around in the shadow of his brother.

....and he would be president.

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