Jeb Bush, running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said “I am my own man.” He is trying to avoid association with Bush I and Bush II. However, his choice of foreign policy advisors – Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley, Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff and Meghan O’Sullivan – aligns with the neo-conservative policies that brother George used in invading Iraq. Wolfowitz was the main architect for the second Iraq War. He headed the Office of Special Plans, a group of ideologues who orchestrated the series of lies leading to the invasion. Hadley promoted the notion that Hussein was building atomic weapons. When proven wrong, he offered his resignation but was instead promoted him to National Security Advisor.
We paid with over 4,000 American lives almost $2 trillion for the war George W. and his neocon advisors foisted on our country. Iraqi losses were even greater, with an estimated 1 million dead by 2007.
When Meghan O’Sullivan, assistant to Paul Bremer and the Coalition Provisional Authority, helped dismiss the Iraqi army and fire employees of the Ba’athist government, the resulting authority vacuum fanned the flames of the sectarian insurrection.
If Jeb Bush cannot learn from the mistakes of his brother’s advisors, perhaps voters can.
Neil Hudson, Oakdale