Foreign Policy Jeb Bush

Meet the New Bush, Same as the Old Bush

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former governor and presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will give a speech today in which he will say "I am my own man" on foreign policy, but his team of foreign policy advisers are very familiar.

Nearly all of Jeb's advisers served under George W. Bush or George H.W. Bush, but one name among the group sticks out like a sore thumb.

The list includes people representing a wide spectrum of ideological views in the Republican Party, from the pragmatic to the hawkish. It includes James Baker, known for his pragmatism in key roles during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidencies, and former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, a hawk as deputy defense secretary who was an architect of George W. Bush's Iraq policy.

While it is tempting to snark, the idea that Paul Wolfowitz could be advising Jeb Bush on ISIS and Iran policy should be enough to make everyone blink. Wolfowitz was instrumental in ignoring the intelligence community and basically all evidence that would have dissuaded any sane administration from launching a war.

Several other names stick out as well as the folks over at The Fix have produced this handy diagram for displaying which advisers served under each Bush administration.


Igor Volsky over at ThinkProgress has an excellent rundown of the who's who listed above.

They're getting the band back together.

  • Just wondering how utterly unaware/stupid a presidential candidate must be in order to willingly saddle himself with the same group of criminals that a good deal of the country hates with a passion……

    Especially when you’re carrying the ignonimous name ‘Bush’, AND attempting to create a Bush monarchy or something……………………stupid, stupid, fucking stupid.

  • WiscoJoe

    I hope that as we move into 2016, our country remembers that ‘Bush=Bush.’

    I fear that as we move into 2016, our country will instead be distracted by the ratfuckers insisting that ‘Bush=Clinton.’

  • Victor the Crab

    Paul Wolfowitz should be locked up in Guantanamo for what he did in sending the U.S. off to war the way he did.

  • aynwrong

    Paul Wolfowitz is the living definition of the phrase ” failing upwards.”
    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.

  • Tony Lavely

    Where’s Cheney?

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      Oh he’ll be there somewhere.

    • mdblanche

      Undisclosed location.