It’s not exactly breaking news to see Republicans trying to blame something on President Obama that he literally had nothing to do with. Heck, to this day I run into conservatives who blame him for the economic crash that began nearly a year before he took office and swear the chaos going on in Iraq is his fault – even though all he did was enforce the SOFA George W. Bush signed that set the timetable for when our troops had to be out of Iraq.
Oh, and let’s not forget that time Dick Cheney called the complete troop removal from Iraq a sign of success.
But now that President Obama’s days in the White House are winding down, and Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, you’re starting to see Republicans dig deep to try to find any way to bash her or her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Even if that involves trying to subtly blame the former president for the fact that the four Marines who were brutally gunned down at a recruiting station in Tennessee weren’t armed.
That’s exactly what Jeb Bush tried to do when he said that the policy that prohibits members of our military from being armed in most instances was enacted during Bill Clinton’s presidency.
“A law was passed, apparently in the Clinton administration, about whether, in recruiting offices Marines or other military should be able to have guns. Apparently it is prohibited,” Bush said.
First, there was never a “law” passed pertaining to this. There was a directive issued by the Department of Defense that limited the carrying of firearms by military personnel to those in specific positions, such as those working for the Military Police.
Oh, and that directive was enacted in 1992 – while his father, George H.W. Bush was president.
Yes, Jeb Bush tried to blame Bill Clinton for something that happened during his father’s presidency. Not only that, but the directive itself had almost nothing to do with the presidency at all. But even if you’re going to try to blame a president for that policy that wasn’t quite a policy to begin with, then that “blame” would fall on the shoulders of his own father.
I know, you’re all stunned; Republicans trying to blame a Democrat for something that happened on their watch – that never happens.
Now, was this directive the fault of Jeb’s father? No, not really. As Politifact pointed out, these are the sorts of things that rarely make it up as high as the office of the president. But for Jeb to stoop so low as to try to basically say that the person to blame for the fact that these Marines weren’t armed, which many conservatives have said is the reason that they were targeted and killed, is because of a “law” linked to Bill Clinton.
That’s just pathetic.
Maybe before trying to link Clinton to something that actually happened during his father’s presidency, he might want to address the fact that this nation has elected two Bushes already and ultimately just ended up with three wars, three recessions and trillions added to our national debt.