Former Governor Jeb Bush, who's getting ready to run the for 2016 presidency refused to answer any questions regarding his brother's forays into starting two wars in the Middle East during a press conference on Friday. He was appearing at the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy's annual "Celebration of Reading" event when he was asked several foreign policy issues.
Jeb Bush, who plans to sketch out his foreign policy views in a major speech next week, said on Friday that his likely presidential campaign would focus on future challenges and not on "re-litigating" the wars his brother led the United States into as commander in chief.
Asked at a news conference here Friday about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how he would have handled them differently, Bush said, "I won't talk about the past. I'll talk about the future."
One question hanging over Bush's likely candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination has been how he might grapple with the unpopular wars initiated last decade by his older brother, former President George W. Bush.
If he thinks using campaign speak to dodge some of the biggest foreign policy blunders in the history of this country, he's deluded. As he moves forward he will not be able to put off answering his brother's horrible mistakes and if he continues to refuse to "re-litigate" the past then his campaign will be over before it began.
“I don’t think there’s any Bush baggage at all,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday” when confronted with a poll that showed almost a full majority of Americans have an unfavorable impression of former President George W. Bush.
He told host Chris Wallace: “I love my brother, I’m proud of his accomplishments. I love my dad. I am proud to be a Bush.”
The topic came up on NBC’s “Meet the Press” as well.“I think history will be kind to George W. Bush,” he said on that program.
I wonder why he's changing his tune suddenly? America hates everything about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Iraq war is a powerful reminder of all the lies told by George W.Bush's administration to get us in the war.
I doubt he truly believes history will be kind to his brother because you'd have to be a fool to think otherwise.