Jeb Bush Once Again Tries to Blame President Obama, Hillary Clinton for His Brother’s Failures

jeb-bush-disappointedFor years Republicans have been trying to blame President Obama for the mistakes made by George W. Bush. To this day I’ll still have conservatives look me straight in the eye and blame the economic crash on Obama, even though he hadn’t even been elected when it all began.

But even more ridiculous than that are those Republicans who blame this president for the current chaos in the Middle East. You know, the current chaos that’s directly linked to the instability in the region caused by Bush’s Iraq War and the complete incompetence his administration showed in handling the entire ordeal.

Well, understandably so, Jeb Bush has been one of those Republicans trying to blame President Obama for G.W.’s mistakes. When you think about it, by doing so Jeb is essentially admitting what a catastrophic failure his brother was as president. After all, you don’t really see Jeb out there running on the successes of his brother’s presidency – just trying to blame the Obama administration for his brother’s failures.

During a recent campaign speech, the younger Bush sibling essentially tried to claim that Iraq was a beacon of success and stability before President Obama and Hillary Clinton ruined everything. Even though, as I’ve pointed out several times, the timetable to withdraw our troops from Iraq was set by the SOFA agreement that was signed by none other than George W. Bush.

“Who can seriously argue that America and our friends are safer today than in 2009, when the president and Secretary Clinton. the storied ‘team of rivals.’ took office?,” Jeb asked.

I would like to point out that even Dick Cheney supported the timeframe for withdrawing our troops that was set by George W. Bush’s SOFA agreement, saying that their removal by 2011 was a sign of the “success” of the Iraq War.

While Republicans like Jeb are quick to try to score political points with the chaos currently going on in the Middle East, there’s always something missing from their criticisms of the Obama administration: What they would have done differently.

Anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knew the moment American troops left Iraq, the country was going to spiral into chaos. Is Bush suggesting that President Obama should have kept tens of thousands of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq indefinitely? Because that sure as hell seems to be what he’s saying.

When it comes to combating ISIS, what would he do differently? We’re already trying to arm the right factions (something that never goes well) and carrying out literally thousands of airstrikes – what more does he (or any Republican for that matter) want?

If he thinks the president should send in ground forces to fight ISIS directly, then why not just say that?

Oh, I know why! Because he’s afraid of the political ramifications it would have on his campaign if he were to actually say that. After all, a Bush calling for ground troops in Iraq is not exactly original, if you know what I’m saying.

Republicans can try to twist around what’s currently going on in Iraq all they want, but the truth of the matter is this is all linked to incompetence of the Bush administration and the lies they told to take us to war in the first place. And now they’re trying to score political points by attacking those who were stuck having to clean up after George W Bush’s disaster.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Although some Democrats in Congress voted against Bush’s continued requests for continued funding of the Iraq war, Senator Obama never did so. Watch the YouTube video, “Another Obama lie. I ended the war in Iraq – I didn’t end the war in Iraq” in which Obama repeatedly took credit for ending the war in Iraq in four years. Problems here include that Obama, as a candidate, promised to end that war “immediately” if elected. Also, Obama and his acolytes have to make up their minds whether they want to take credit for getting the troops out or blame Bush for signing an agreement and timetable ordered by the Iraqi parliament to do so. Of course, we aren’t even out of Iraq as President Obama has sent advisors back in and bombs are being dropped on IS forces. It’s too bad that so many weapons donated by the US under Obama to “moderate” forces in Iraq wound up in the hands of IS. Fortunately, a half billion dollar program to arm moderates has been suspended by the administration based on the failure of such efforts.

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  • MacDoodle

    Obama is the worst president in our history.

    • Leah Schultz

      NO president was worse for the country than GW, Obama has had more success as president given the total obstructionism of the republican congress that just about any president in history.

    • noah vail

      And you sir, are the best representation of a total douche

  • OMGface

    Character…..really IS DESTINY….and this poor WUS has NONE. Deal Breaker.

  • OMGface

    Stunning…he’s as unendowed, moronic, Faustian and silly putty as his brother W. That he has more than 2 supporters, for me, is the terrifying part. Means there are humans incapable of learning.