Jeb Bush: W Is My Chief Foreign Policy Adviser

I’m a little slow on this one because for at least 24 hours, I ignored all the references to it on my Facebook feed because I assumed it was satire. Jeb Bush didn’t really name George W. Bush as one of his chief foreign policy advisers, did he? He couldn’t be that dumb, could he? Apparently so.

Jeb Bush cited his brother, former President George W. Bush, as one of his main advisers on the Middle East in a private meeting in Manhattan on Tuesday, according to three people who attended the off-the-record event.

The comment came as a shock to some who were in the room because Jeb, a likely presidential contender, has taken pains to publicly distance himself from his brother and his controversial policies, particularly in that area of the world…

His comments behind closed doors indicate a closer connection to his brother. After a previous dust-up about who was counseling him on world issues, Jeb was asked Tuesday about his foreign policy advisers. That’s when he listed his brother.

The Washington Post reported that Jeb cited his brother as an adviser on Israel, however, four sources confirmed to CNN that the comments were focused on foreign policy more broadly. Three of them said Jeb noted his brother was an adviser on the Middle East.

One of the people in the room jotted down Jeb’s comment as such: “What you need to know is that who I listen to when I need advice on the Middle East is George W. Bush.”

In related news, he also said that he looks to the ghost of Richard Nixon for advice on not being a crook and to Anthony Weiner to help him avoid sending dick pics to women who aren’t his wife.

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  • StevoR

    Here in Oz one TV channel has just screened Fahrenheit 9/11 again :

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/fahrenheit-9-11/ZW0182A001S00#playing

    WARNING : Fucking confronting.

    That movie may have its flaws but fuck its powerful stuff.

  • StevoR

    Jeb Bush gets a cameo at the start. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it but we do know that family. Or do we?

  • StevoR

    Another more enjoyable (also possible warnings here) blast from the past with the ole Bush era and a mention of Jeb in it somewhere rather crude here :

    http://www.scuzzstuff.org/bushgame/

    Via someone on Pharyngula a long time ago.

  • basementmatt

    Four more wars! Four more wars!

  • blf

    Another Cheney groupie ?

  • hunter

    I thought Jeb was supposed to be the smart brother.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    hunter “I thought Jeb was supposed to be the smart brother.”

    It’s relative.

  • anubisprime

    So the brothers Grim…ride again?..presumably with daddy dear looking on with pride…how banal, and how frigging dangerous for the rest of the world!

  • raven

    I’ve never seen any indication that Jeb is all that bright. Being brighter than George Bush is such a low bar as to be meaningless.

    Jeb Bush also has a lot of baggage from the past.

    Not least of which is his last name and brother. During the Bush Catastrophe, two of my friends died in Iraq and my 401(K) plan died as well. Millions of people can say the same thing.

    I haven’t forgotten them and never will. How can I?

    The 401(K) plan was resurrected under Obama, much to my surprise. Thanks Obama.

  • sundiver

    Taking foreign policy advice from W is like taking swimming lessons from a chicken.

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #9

    Leave us not forget the Terri Schiavo brouhaha. Bush has attempted to defend his actions but the autopsy shows that Crawford and the other neurologists were right on the money and that the “expert” hired by the family, “Dr.” William Hammesfahr deserved his citation on Quackwatch.

  • StevoR

    @ raven : My condolences. I cannot begin to imagine how that must feel.

    I am staggered that another Bush could even think of running after tDubya and even more stagegred taht itseems he’s somehow still the Republican frontrunner -and then does this. I guess on the bright side Jeb could always use W’s advice as the opposite of what to do & learn from his so many mistakes .. If he wins and becomes POTUS which surely he won’t?

  • llewelly

    Well, if we believe the RCP average, Bush is doing almost as well against Clinton as Paul is : http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_bush_vs_clinton-3827.html

    That is frightening. However, all those polls were before this latest display of foreign policy genius … Does this mean Paul or Walker will take the lead? We live in dangerous times.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Dumber and Dumberer

  • Artor

    “What you need to know is that who I listen to when I need advice on the Middle East is George W. Bush.”

    Thanks for that at least. I wasn’t going to vote for him anyway, but I suspect there are a few confused people that did need to know that. And now they are less confused and know not to vote for Jeb.

  • dingojack

    Who’s Jeb’s race-relations advisor — Adolf Hitler?!?

    Dingo

  • Michael Heath

    One of the most vivid illustrations regarding the incompetence of conservative Christians is their their inability to confront reality and adapt based on lessons avoided/denied learned. E.g., their avoidance of George W. Bush’s legacy.

    Both W. and his record just aren’t point of references in their post-2006 arguments; in fact as early as mid-2008 they frequently laid blame for Bush’s failure at the feet of then-Senator and soon, President Obama, for failures by the Bush Administration. Conservative Christians fought fiercely for W.’s election and re-election, smearing anyone who stood in his path. Even when those smeared behaved in a good way like they claimed they did, e.g., John Kerry’s character as a military officer in the war zone, Barack Obama as a Christian, husband, father, and as a non-corrupt public official.

    Based on this observation, Jeb’s reference to his brother George is double-dumb given how conservative Christians effectively deny the existence of the Bush Administration’s actual performance. They are not seeking for his legacy to brought up by their side. That creates all sorts of cognitive dissonance. So what is Jeb thinking?

  • John Pieret

    What? He didn’t name Darth Cheney as an advisor?

  • David C Brayton

    Oh my fucking god…unbelievable anyone could be that out of touch with reality.

  • Doc Bill

    Andy Borowitz got it right when he wrote that the advice George W would give to Jeb would be “Talk to Cheney.”

    Spot on.

    I find it incredible, astoundingly embarrassingly, mind bogglingly incredible that after decades of “dealing” with the Middle East, none of our major politicians have the first fucking clue about what and who the Middle East is. Not a single clue.

    I think the half-wit Rubio summed it up the conservative “strategy” nicely recently when he said, ‘We will look for you, we will find you, and we will kill you,’

    That’s all these fools know: bomb, bomb, bomb Iran and kill them all. What a sad world is that.

  • dhall

    #18 – John Pieret:

    Well, sort of. The advice W. will give his brother is to ask Dick Cheney what to do, because that’s what he always did.

  • jaybee

    One of my brothers is arch conservative. He is a smart guy, but he lives in the RW bubble. To him, the Vietnam war was winnable and we shouldn’t have let the peaceniks cause an exit before we had the chance to finish it. Likewise, the Iraq War (2002 edition) was about bringing democracy to an oppressed people, victory was in hand, but Obama fucked it up and that is why there is chaos there now.

    Perhaps Jeb doesn’t get that people like by brother are a minority opinion, and that people talking in Jeb’s presence are very likely to be pulling their punches when they discuss what a fuck-up GW was.

  • scienceavenger

    On the bright side, looks like Iowa doesn’t think much of Jeb. He’s running 7th, behind such luminaries as Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack @ #16

    I call Godwin on the schweinhund.

  • dingojack

    SLC – how on Earth has Jeb missed hiring you as one of his sooper-dooper henchmen, I mean, Yes-men, no I really meant to say – advisors?!? You’d fit right in with the ‘teem’!

    @@ Dingo

  • colnago80

    Re schweinhund @ #25

    Isn’t it past your bedtime in Oz?

  • lorn

    Have you no shame. As a resident of Florida I find the story of one short-bus candidate citing another short-bus candidate as guidance to be demoralizing. I promise you that Florida is not just one long parade of moral and ethical cripples wetting themselves as they bump, grind, and leer their way to high office. There are also alligators and mosquitoes.

  • dingojack

    Yep – too much coffee, not enough sleep makes Dingo snappy.

    Apologies.

    :( Dingo

  • zenlike

    jaybee says

    Likewise, the Iraq War (2002 edition) was about bringing democracy to an oppressed people, victory was in hand, but Obama fucked it up and that is why there is chaos there now.

    Strange. Wasn’t victory achieved a couple of years before Obama took office? I rememberer some important political leader standing on a ship saying so anyway.

  • Michael Heath

    scienceavenger writes:

    On the bright side, looks like Iowa doesn’t think much of Jeb. He’s running 7th, behind such luminaries as Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.

    The 2012 Iowa caucus winner was Rick Santorum. The 2008 winner was Mike Huckabee. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about Iowa if I were Jeb Bush.

  • scienceavenger

    @30 I would. Sure, he doesn’t have to win, as your history adequately shows. But 7th? I doubt any eventual nominee did that badly.

  • llewelly

    Michael Heath:

    The 2012 Iowa caucus winner was Rick Santorum. The 2008 winner was Mike Huckabee. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about Iowa if I were Jeb Bush.

    Well, one caucus is not an election, not even Iowa’s. But John McCain finished 4th in 2008 , and Romney finished 2nd in 2012 . 7th place in 2012 was Hermain Cain, and 7th place in 2008 was Duncan Hunter. Note George W. Bush won the Iowa caucus handily in 2000.

  • Evan Brehm

    To continue from Michael Heath and Ilewelly, the time George W. Bush won the Iowa caucus in 2000 was the only time in the history of the Iowa caucus (dating back to 1976) that the winner of the caucus became the Republican nominee for the Presidency.

    Really, the Iowa caucus is little more than a pep rally for politicians to pander to the masses. It’s entirely meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

  • zippythepinhead

    Formula for a winning campaign: “On foreign policy I listen to George W Bush … then I do the exact opposite.”

    George W Bush – the George Costanza of presidents.

  • bushrat

    “In related news, he also said that he looks to…Anthony Weiner to help him avoid sending dick pics to women who aren’t his wife.”

    In his defense, why would you sent dick pics to your wife? She’s already seen it and she doesn’t want any of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/using.reason usingreason

    This is not a bad idea for Jeb, as long as the opposite rule is rigidly enforced. Whatever W says, do the opposite; sounds like an excellent plan to me.