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Monday, October 24, 2016

Say this for Jeb Bush: He doesn’t run away from his political liabilities.

On Thursday afternoon, the Jeb campaign posted this image to Twitter, showing a photo from then-President George W. Bush’s speech to rescue workers at the World Trade Center site three days after 9/11. The text is drawn from remarks Jeb made at Wednesday night’s debate, praising his brother: “He kept us safe.”

Numerous comments have already emerged on Twitter about the basic problem with Jeb’s tweet: The photo is a depiction of a time when George W. Bush categorically failed to keep America safe.

For Republican audiences, however, the line was actually a high point in the debate for Jeb, as he was responding forcefully to criticism from Donald Trump, who had criticized Jeb’s brother. “He sent a clear signal that the United States would be strong and fight Islamic terrorism — and he did keep us safe,” Bush said.

One can also raise an important point by remembering the actual words that then-President Bush said in that famous speech:

I can hear you. I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

But how exactly did they hear from us? Of course, the Bush administration failed to apprehend Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, and quickly switched its focus toward pursuing an unrelated war in Iraq. Indeed, six months later Bush was even publicly boasting that he didn’t think much about bin Laden anymore.

Osama bin Laden eventually did hear from America, of course — when he was found and killed in Pakistan by American forces in 2011, during the first term of President Barack Obama.

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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  • 1standlastword

    Keeping us safe would have prevented 9/11 and avoided war with Iraq you big dumb effer!

    Can somebody tell him this!!!!!!

    • JPHALL

      Republicans deny the truth. They prefer the fantasy.

      • plc97477

        They have to, the truth doesn’t make them look very smart or good at their jobs.

    • Independent1

      And of course he’s completely ignoring that there 13 attacks on America’s overseas offices during his Brother’s two terms with over 70 more people being killed, including a diplomat just like Stevens who the GOP can’t seem to let go just because there’s a Democrat in office; Which his brother’s administration never did anything to try and prevent. While they seem to have quickly forgotten that in Obama’s 6 years there’s only been 1 deadly overseas attack with 4 lives lost vs 13 with more than 70 dying under Jeb’s brother.

  • Dominick Vila

    Could it be that Jeb does not remember who was President and CiC on 9/11/01? Did he forget who was President and CiC when 11 U.S. embassies/consulates were attacked and over 100 people killed? Did he forget who gave a free pass to the homeland that attacked us on 9/11 and who invaded a country that had nothing to do with that tragedy and was not a threat to us? Did he forget who removed Reagan’s former palm Saddam Hussein, from office and replaced all the Sunni Baathists with Shias aligned to Iran? Does he understand that the Baathists that fled Iraq to save their lives are now the backbone of ISIS? Does he understand that his brothers decision resulted in the death of 4,500 American soldiers, tens of thousands maimed, 600,000 Iraqis killed, and the de-stabilization of the Persian Gulf, to ensure his brother was re-elected, to facilitate the largest redistribution of wealth from the public to the private sector history, and tow the line for Saudi Arabia and Israel?
    Jeb, do yourself a favor a stop playing politics. You are making a fool of yourself.

  • Karen Bille-Golden

    So this will be his campaign slogan? “My brother kept us safe”? That speaks volumes about him as a candidate. Comment isn’t even needed on the idiocy of that statement in light of today. It’s sad if he can’t find any merits of his own on which to run.

  • FT66

    I really doubt whether Jeb knows what he always says or doing. “am my own man” but I have to defend my brother for horrible stuff he did, because am dying to become POTUS as well. I will conduct a positive campaign. No Trump has taken my first place, I must go rogue no matter what”. This man wants so badly to become president like Romney was, but am afraid to say he isn’t going to make it.

  • Ronald56_98

    Kept us Safe?

    A National Disgrace

    Major General Smedley Butler said: “WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

    Bush and Cheney started two wars — Iraq and Afghanistan. In so doing, were responsible for over 5,000 Americans killed. (That is more than was killed in the 9/11 attack.) And according to many reports, something like 125,000 veterans have committed suicide.

    Thousands more have been seriously wounded. Many permanently disabled. But the government does little to help them. Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed cuts to military retirement. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has proposed that veterans pay more for their medical care.

    Ads on TV are soliciting donations to aid veterans. Why do we have to depend on charitable organizations to solicit donations for the care of our veterans, while we continue to give billions of taxpayer dollars and subsidies to Wall Street, corporate America, and the rich? No one, but especially not our veterans, should need to rely on charity to survive. A country that forces veterans to beg for food at pantries in order to avoid taxing the wealthy is morally corrupt. The way our veterans are being treated is a national disgrace.

    They waved and cheered when they sent young soldiers into war. Once they returned, they were ignored and forgotten.

    Companies like Dick Chency’s old company — Halliburton, that made millions — and others that profited from the Iraq-Afghanistan wars should be required to fund programs to help returning veterans. Between 50,000 – 75,000 are homeless each night. Thousands more are going hungry.

    We commonly hear the theme that these veterans fought to protect our freedom. That theme is jingoistic propaganda that amounts to brain washing. The veterans that were killed; that were wounded; many that were permanently disabled, did not serve to protect your freedom or mine. These last wars, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were for corporate profit. And to paraphrase General Butler: “…the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” (And, yes, I’m a veteran — Vietnam era veteran.)

    Ronald L. Cain

  • Bren Frowick

    There could not possibly be a more flagrant example of the cognitive dissonance that has become such a pronounced feature of the right’s collective personality than Jeb!’s bizarre assertion that his brother “Kept us safe”, when he so clearly, undeniably, inarguably, did NOT.