JIM CREES: Same old Bush
Well ... the GOP list of potential presidential candidates for the 2016 election cycle is growing and morphing from day to day.
There are some real doozies hoping for a chance to be president, and they already have started popping off with some of the craziest stuff you can imagine.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker recently compared fighting ISIS to facing off against members of the teachers’ union in Wisconsin. Yes! ISIS — the terror organization responsible for some of the most horrific acts of violence in an already terribly violent part of the world.
C’mon, Gov. Walker!
Having to debate union representation with English teachers in Madison has got to be just a smidge easier than tracking down a bunch of guys who behead their opponents ... or burn them alive.
But, no. Walker told those attending the recent CPAC confab he was more than able to deal with ISIS because: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Good luck with that.
There are lots of people jockeying for a position at the pole, hoping to lead the GOP into the next presidential era.
Chris Christie is still a name to be reckoned with, although his “every man” image has taken a beating with revelations of his accepting stays in $30,000 a night hotel rooms, lots of private jet flights, and lots and lots of very expensive champagne.
Christie is every man to every man - if the man in question is casino billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson.
Then ... there’s Jeb Bush.
Jeb Bush has spent an awful lot of time recently trying to prove to all and sundry that he is his own man.
Jeb, he says, is not his daddy.
And Jeb, he says, is not certainly not his brother.
But then ...
Jeb is working with a group of advisers on his campaign that Washington Post writer Philip Bump points out are a bit of a problem. “If Bush’s goal is to present himself as his ‘own man,’ that list of advisers undermines the point somewhat: 19 of the 21 people on it worked in the administrations of his father or brother.”
The list includes Paul Wolfowitz, who was one of the designers of George W. Bush’s crazy Iraq policy that led the nation into a poorly planned war that is still costs billions of dollars and incredible amounts of grief.
Jeb’s list of helpmates is scary.
John Hannah served on the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney for eight years, and was the vice president’s national security advisor.
Porter Goss is the former Director of Central Intelligence, serving Jeb’s brother George W.
Michael Hayden was also director of the Central Intelligence Agency under George W. While serving he directed the development of the program involved surveillance of technological communications between persons in the United States, which ballooned into the controversy of NSA widespread surveillance without warrants.
And more ... and more ...
On the list of Jeb Bush advisors are: Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Robert Zoellick, Paula Dobriansky, Kristen Silverberg James Baker, Michael Mukasey, John Negroponte, Otto Reich, and many more.
All who served with either George Bush the Senior, or George Bush the Junior.
So how can Jeb even hint he is his own man?
Let’s just take a look at one of the guys on Jeb’s list of close advisors - Paul Wolfowitz.
In a normal society, this man would be in prison today.
Wolfowitz spent exhausting days and nights immediately following the events of 9/11 in trying to prove a link between Iraq and the terror attacks on the U.S. - although EVERYONE in the the administration knew there was none.
He lied to Congress. He lied to the president. And he lied to the American people.
The neo-cons in the Bush White House needed/wanted/needed to take on Iraq, so he needed/wanted to manufacture a connection between Saddam and 9/11.
After 9/11Wolfowitz forced intelligence planners to look to Iraq, rather than concentrating on AlQaeda.
Wolfowitz virtually single handedly authored the string of lies that allowed the Bush/Cheney team of bamboozle Congress and the American people, and created the military/economic/diplomatic disaster that became the Iraq War.
Wolfowitz was the guy who said flat out “The Iraqi people will greet us as liberators.”
Thousands and thousands of young Americans died, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed in a manufactured war largely designed by Wolfowitz and his team of charlatans.
He still is on the Jeb Bush list of trusted and respected advisers.
In reality, Wolfowitz and others of his ilk simply demonstrate not on the lack of individuality on the Jeb Bush team, but also the lack of a moral or national conscience behind the scenes of the Bush campaign.