Jeb Bush: W Is My Chief Foreign Policy Adviser

Jeb Bush: W Is My Chief Foreign Policy Adviser May 10, 2015

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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