Foreign Policy Jeb Bush

Meet the New Bush, Same as the Old Bush

Written by SK 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.