Oh Jeb

[Content Note: War.]

I didn't expect that Jeb Bush would be the amazing candidate that lots of folks predicted he would be, but I didn't expect him to be this bad, either:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says his brother George W. Bush responded in an "awe-inspiring" way to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and suggests he would learn from his sibling's leadership if he wins the presidency.

..."The case study of leadership is how George responded to 9/11, period, over and out," Jeb told the audience of some 175 donors and supporters who gathered in a ballroom at a Houston hotel, according to a pool report.

"And the idea that a candidate could think that they could make political hay to create a new … narrative on the reality on how he led is a joke," Bush said.

..."How he responded to 9/11," Jeb Bush said of his brother, "was just awe-inspiring."

"People were united. And people really got it that he had a heart for them," Bush added. "At that time, as you know, kids were crying. All around people, children and grandchildren, didn't know what was going on."

"The whole world was turned upside down, and you had a president who was staid and sure and strong."
image of former President George W. Bush sitting and reading a children's book in a classroom at 9:05am on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001

Oh, I know, I know—I'm being so uncharitable. That's not what Jeb! meant. He meant in the weeks and months and years following 9/11. Like when his brother took us to war in another country that had nothing to do with 9/11, using cooked intelligence suggesting otherwise, promising it would take six months, instead of the eight years and trillions of dollars and countless lives and millions of displaced people and political chaos and the emergence of the Islamic State that were collectively the actual cost.

Jeb! says he's gonna learn from that "awe-inspiring" leadership. Okay. Well, unless he means learning what not to do—and he doesn't!—then he is unfit for the US presidency. One of many reasons.

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