This cast of characters were hands-on in a wide variety of skullduggery: Involvement in the failed U.S.-sponsored invasion of Cuba and the JFK assassination (Porter Goss), assisted in mass murder by right-wing death squads in Latin America (John Negroponte), helped with the invasion of Iraq by pushing the myth of Saddam Hussein's "weapons of mass destruction" and helped precipitate 9/11's "New Pearl Harbor" (Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley), the cover-up of the US Navy shoot down of TWA Flight 800 and torture of Afghan prisoners (Michael Chertoff), helped with George Bush's fake "terror alerts" (Tom Ridge), and more.
|Top Row: Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Porter Goss. Bottom Row: Michael Hayden, John Negroponte, Paul |
Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will deliver a speech on Wednesday that seeks to distance his foreign policy views from the previous two Bush presidents, saying, according to early excerpts, that while he admires his presidential family members, “I am my own man.”
“[M]y views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences,” Bush will say as he lays out a vision that calls for increased military spending in order to project strength and encourage peace worldwide.
“Having a military that is equal to any threat is not only essential for the commander in chief … it also makes it less likely that we will need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way,” he will say. “Because I believe, fundamentally, that weakness invites war … and strength encourages peace.”
The remarks come just days after Bush brushed aside questions about his view of President George W. Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and as the Florida governor and presumptive GOP frontrunner works to define himself in the early days of the 2016 campaign.
Yet Jeb Bush’s efforts to distance himself from his brother’s foreign policy may only be skin deep.
According to Reuters’ Steve Holland, Bush has tapped a “diverse” roster of former George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush officials to advise his burgeoning campaign on foreign policy, including key architects of the 2002 invasion of Iraq.
The list of advisers provided to Reuters by a campaign aide includes Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley, as well as former George W. Bush Homeland Security Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Bush adviser Meghan O’Sullivan.
Wolfowitz, who served as Deputy Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, began advocating an attack on Iraq shortly after the Sep. 11 attacks, established “what amounted to a separate government” to push for war and invited journalists to secret meetings in order to lay out the foundation for his plans. Wolfowitz established the Office of Special Plans in the Pentagon that ignored the conclusions of the intelligence community and fed policy makers and the media discredited claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.