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Jeb Bush Calls W. His Top Israel Adviser

Jeb Bush says [1] his most influential adviser on Israel is his brother George:

When asked this week at an exclusive Manhattan gathering about who advises him on U.S.-Israel policy, Jeb Bush surprised many of the 50-plus attendees by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor.

I’m not sure why anyone was surprised. Based on everything Jeb Bush has said about the U.S.-Israel relationship and policies related to it, he agrees with his brother on these issues and has agreed with him for a long time. Like his brother, Bush thinks that there should be no “light” [2] between the U.S. and Israel. He has made it fairly plain that he reflexively supports Israeli actions and policies. As far as I know, he has never criticized or opposed any. He endorses [3] the hard-line “zero enrichment” demand that Iran hawks have wanted as part of the negotiations. It’s possible that Bush is mentioning his brother as an adviser in order to dispel any lingering impression that his association with James Baker matters. If so, it’s also a confirmation that Baker’s inclusion as one of Bush’s foreign policy advisers never meant anything, but then that should have been obvious [4].

No doubt Bush was also pandering to the crowd here, since the audience he was addressing presumably likes his brother and thinks the previous administration’s reflexive support for Israel was a good thing. Even so, I don’t think that makes the statement any less significant. He didn’t grudgingly admit that he agrees with his brother, but proudly boasted that he was taking advice from him. It’s a safe bet that this isn’t the only foreign policy issue where the two Bushes agree.

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#1 Comment By Uncle Billy On May 7, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

If elected, Perhaps Jeb should just make Bibi Netanyahu the US Secretary of State? Bibi could be both US Secretary of State as well as Israeli Prime Minister. This seems to be exactly what so many Republicans want: blind obedience to Israel.

#2 Comment By JohnG On May 7, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

My first reaction: Oh, GOD!!! A second thought: it’s GOOD for the mask to fall early on. It’s up to you now, America, no complaining later on that we didn’t know.

Was it Churchill who said that all peoples ultimately get the kind of government they deserve?

#3 Comment By collin On May 7, 2015 @ 4:38 pm

And this is News???? Like we already didn’t know. I still see he ain’t getting the nomination.

#4 Comment By Ian G. On May 7, 2015 @ 4:41 pm

Secretary of State, Uncle Billy? I doubt it. Based on GOP rhetoric, they’d probably want a Likud king and his court to replace most of the Federal government.

#5 Comment By Buzz Baldrin On May 7, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

New low for an ex-president, serving as Sheldon Adelson’s beard.

#6 Comment By WillW On May 7, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

Sure is going to be sad that our choices are going to be this guy or HRC come November 2016.

#7 Comment By Myron Hudson On May 7, 2015 @ 7:04 pm

Well at least it’s official. Another tool. He can’t walk back from that one. I’m reminded of the SNL sketch (not aired) on the Hagel confirmation.


#8 Comment By JR On May 8, 2015 @ 9:46 am

“I am shocked, shocked, to find another imbecilic Bush in here!!”

#9 Comment By tzx4 On May 9, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

Remember how John Ellis Bush was considered to the be “the smart one” ?

Fascinating indeed. I wonder how long it will take for the Right to sober up and allow a rational and reasonable person to rise to leadership. The current GOP clown car is so hung up on emotional and symbolic issues, as well as being firmly in denial of reality, that they shoot themselves in the foot when attempting to govern or advance their agendas. In short, crazy people make ineffective leaders.