While I don’t like giving Donald Trump credit for much of anything aside from acting like a complete fool, he seems to have inadvertently backed Jeb Bush into a corner that I’m certain even he didn’t anticipate.
In case you haven’t heard, last week Trump once again made headlines when he essentially put a lot of the blame for 9/11 on George W. Bush. Naturally, this didn’t go over well with Jeb who proceeded to call the current GOP frontrunner “pathetic” for insinuating his brother is partially to blame for the largest terrorist attack in our nation’s history.
There’s just one problem with that: Republicans like Jeb have tried to put a lot of the blame for the Benghazi attack on President Obama and Hillary Clinton. This makes him an absolute hypocrite for saying his brother shoulders no blame for the 9/11 attack. You can’t have it both ways.
CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed this out during a Sunday interview with the former Florida governor.
“It’s what you do after that matters,” Bush said. “Does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? If they do, they’re totally marginalized in our society. It’s what he did afterwards that mattered, and I’m proud of him. And so are a bunch of other people.”
“Obviously al Qaeda was responsible for the terrorist attacks of 9/11,” Tapper responded. “But how do you respond to critics who ask if your brother and his administration bear no responsibility at all, how do you then make the jump that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are responsible for what happened at Benghazi?”
And that’s when Bush completely embarrassed himself.
“Well, I… the question on Benghazi, which we will now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure?,” Bush asked. “They had a responsibility at the Department of State to have proper security. And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack? Was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? That’s what the investigation is about, it’s not a political issue.”
First, I would like to point out the utter stupidity of the statement “it’s what you do after that matters.” That makes absolutely no sense. What happens before and after can both matter based upon the circumstances. Considering Bush was given intel alerting his administration that there was a strong potential of a terrorist attack – yet he did nothing – I don’t believe it’s unreasonable for some to feel his inaction makes him partially responsible.
And don’t get me wrong, I’m actually not someone who blames Bush for the attack – but it’s undeniable that he was given intel concerning the high probability of an attack and his administration did absolutely nothing.
Then it’s absurd for Jeb Bush to claim the Benghazi investigations aren’t political; they are absolutely political. The questions he’s asking have already been answered by the previous seven investigations, most of which were led by Republicans. It’s not a coincidence that the findings of the current “investigation” aren’t going to be released until “sometime” in 2016 – a presidential election year when Hillary Clinton is likely going to be the Democratic candidate.
It’s frankly absurd how he continues to insist his brother kept us safe – after a horrific terrorist attack. You can’t use the line “he kept us safe” when nearly 3,000 people died at the hands of the worst attack this nation has ever endured, and he had intel about this possibly happening beforehand. That’s like bragging about locking the door and turning on your security system after someone already came in and stole all of your stuff.
And don’t even try to tell me that had 9/11 happened nine months after President Obama took office, Republicans (Jeb included) wouldn’t have blamed him for the attack. Hell, millions blame him for an economic crash that happened before he ever took office.
The bottom line is, Bush’s hypocrisy was completely exposed here. And when he was pressed to defend it, he just made himself look like an even bigger ass than he already has in the past. It’s no wonder he’s gone from the presumed favorite and frontrunner to essentially tied with Ted Cruz for fourth place – and seemingly falling further and further behind every day.
Watch the interview below via CNN:
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