News You Really Need To See: “Jeb Bush Touts Familiar Worldview to a Wary Public”

“Jeb Bush Touts Familiar Worldview to a Wary Public”

The Washington Post, April 17, 2015, p.A1

“If Jeb Bush is elected president, the United States won’t be on speaking terms with Cuba and will partner more closely with Israel.  He’ll tighten sanctions on Iran and urge NATO to deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to counter Vladimir Putin.  And he’ll order the U.S. military to root out ‘barbarians’ and ‘evildoers’ around the globe.  Far from running from or playing down the views once expressed by his brother George W. Bush, Jeb Bush is embracing them — and emphasizing them.  It is clear when he calls for closer engagement with Arab leaders to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State.  Or when he criticizes President Obama for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq.  It is most apparent when he refers to ‘evildoers’ — a formulation used widely by his brother — and argues that the United States needs to engage but doesn’t have to be ‘the world’s policeman,’ a view voiced by his brother that was also embraced by their father, George H.W. Bush. … Bush’s views put him squarely in the middle of GOP consensus on foreign affairs — a consensus that formed as his brother reshaped U.S. engagement with the world.  But by endorsing some of his brother’s views, he puts himself at odds with most Americans, who remain wary of the two wars launched during the last Bush presidency. … Early in the exploratory phase of his likely campaign, Jeb Bush unveiled a foreign policy advisory team that reflects the disparate views of GOP thinking on the world.  The group includes two former secretaries of state, George P. Shultz and James A. Baker III; two former CIA directors, Porter J. Goss and Michael V. Hayden; former attorney general Michael Mukasey; and Paul Wolf­owitz, a former deputy defense secretary and a lead architect of the Iraq war.  Several other lower-level officials from both Bush administrations are also members.”

Quickie analysis:  Sometimes it really *is* your father’s Oldsmobile :-/.  (Have the Republicans had a new idea, foreign or domestic, in 35 years?)

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