Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old student at the University of Nevada, said to Bush:
“Your brother created ISIS. It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military were forced out – they had no employment, they had no income, and they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons. My question is, why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s pointless wars, when we sent young men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism? It’s this idea. Like, why are you spouting nationalistic rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?”
Sputnik International reports on Bush’s response:
A flabbergasted Jeb said that he “respectfully disagreed” with Ziedrich’s assessment of the Iraq War, and went on to blame the terrorist group’s formation on President Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq.
“And we had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress. The result was the opposite occurred. Immediately that void was filled.”
So, before officially declaring his bid, we now know that a Jeb Bush presidency would jump into a foreign conflict based on faulty intelligence, and would then continue to bolster that mistake with a military presence significantly longer than the eight years US troops remained in Iraq.
Jeb Bush, 2016, everyone.
Bush Vs. Bush: Jeb Tosses W. Under the Bus Over Iraq Invasion