With Walker Out, Jeb! Makes Play To Become New Koch Favorite With Big Oil-Giveaway Plan
Today Jeb W. Bush rolls out his low energy plan for America. Spoiler alert: Jeb will announce his fossil-friendly, anti-climate plan from the site of an oil and gas company that has been a serial offender of environmental violations. Jeb’s plan promises to provide backwards-looking ideas like more fossil fuels, fracking and horizontal drilling, and some more fossil fuels. What solutions does Jeb offer for addressing climate change? Zip. What’s Jeb’s plan to transition away from finite fossil fuels to a clean energy economy? Zero. What answers does Jeb have for reducing pollution for current and future generations? Zilch.
If Jeb’s all-fossil-fuels-agenda and rejection of responsible efforts to address climate change feels like a blast from the past, that's because it is. Jeb’s energy advisors are a who's who of former George W. Bush advisors, showing once again why a Jeb presidency would be nothing more than a third term for George W. Bush. Like his brother, who let Big Oil write his environmental policy, Jeb derides voters as “arrogant” if they believe the 97% of scientific community that climate change is real and man-made and has vowed to block any real progress like the President’s Clean Power Plan under the false pretense that it will hurt the economy, when independent analysts conclude it will actually create a quarter million jobs. Jeb’s Big-Oil give away proposal shows he would rather be the Koch brother’s new favorite candidate than listen to 97% of scientists or even Republican pollsters who have shown that a majority of self-described conservative Republicans agree that climate change is man-made and poses a real threat.
09.29.15 | permalink
At a fundraiser with George tonight, will Jeb tell donors he’ll ‘Keep Us Safe’ like his brother, who ignored 9/11 warnings and misled the nation into a needless, bloody war in Iraq that fueled terrorist recruitment?
Watch AUFC TV Ad “Safe?” Airing Nationwide This Week That Put Jeb on the Defensive
If Jeb thinks George ‘kept us safe’ even after 9/11, then the last thing we need is another Bush in the White House. For some reason, Jeb seems eager to have a debate over his brother’s failed tenure as Commander in Chief – but by all means, he should go on about how the Iraq war was a ‘good deal.’
REALITY CHECK: George W. Bush Did Not “Keep Us Safe”, A Story Told in Headlines
- New York Times, Sep 10, 2012: ‘The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings’
- ABC News, May 16, 2002: ‘Bush Warned of Hijackings Before 9-11’
- Washington Post, March 25, 2004: ‘Ex-Aide Recounts Terror Warnings ; Clarke Says Bush Didn't Consider Al Qaeda Threat a Priority Before 9/11’
- L.A. Times, Mar 25, 2004: ‘Terror Not a Bush Priority Before 9/11, Witness Says’
- USA Today, 1/12/2004: ‘[Bush's Treasury secretary] O'Neill: Iraq planning came before 9/11’
- Boston Globe, January 11, 2004: ‘Bush began Iraq plan pre-9/11, O'Neill says
- New York Times, September 24, 2006: Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat’
- Washington Post, Sep 24, 2006: Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight: The war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded.
- CBS News, September 24, 2006: Report: Iraq War Made Terror 'Worse'
- Huffington Post, 06/13/2008: ‘Senate Report: Bush Used Iraq Intel He Knew Was False’
- *Bonus Quote: President George W. Bush on Bin Laden, March 13, 2002 – just 6 months after 9/11 : “I just don't spend that much time on him... we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.”
Reaction to Jeb’s Categorical and Delusional Declaration at the Debate that His Brother ‘Kept Us Safe’ :
- New York Times editorial board, Sept. 17: Jeb Bush spun a particularly repellent fantasy. Speaking reverently of his brother the president, he said, “He kept us safe,” and invoked the carnage of 9/11. Wait, what? Did he mean George W. Bush, who was warned about the threat that Al Qaeda would attack? Who then invaded a non sequitur country, Iraq, over a nonexistent threat?
- MICHAEL TOMASKY, THE DAILY BEAST: “Well, he kept us safe, except for that one night. The Secret Service kept Lincoln safe except that one night.”
- Salon, Sept. 17: Jeb Bush’s noxious myth: Dubya didn’t “keep us safe” — he made the world infinitely more dangerous: Look, the Bush family can harbor whatever delusions they like within the privacy of their home. Whatever they have to tell themselves to feel better about the catastrophe that was George W. Bush’s presidency is fine by me. But this patently untrue trope has to die. And the fact that the audience rapturously applauded this remark makes it all the more urgent to correct the record. There’s nothing to debate here: George W. Bush didn’t keep us safe. I’m continually struck by the collective amnesia of the Republican Party. Yes, Jeb, we do “remember the rubble.” That mountain of rubble was the ruins of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on your brother’s watch. And yes, Jeb, we also remember that it was your brother who received a presidential briefing just one month before those towers fell to the earth, warning him that Bin Laden was “determined to strike in U.S.”
- New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Sept. 17: It is bizarre to center your defense of Bush having “kept us safe” with a photograph of him standing on the rubble from the worst domestic mass-casualty attack in American history, one that took place under his watch. In 2004, news emerged of a briefing Bush received warning of an impending attack. Subsequent revelations shows that this understates the intelligence Bush had presented to him. The administration dismissed not just one briefing but, as Kurt Eichenwald disclosed three years ago, many warnings of an impending attack by Al Qaeda, believing the intelligence was a disinformation campaign coordinated with Saddam Hussein to distract from Iraq.
- Slate, Sept. 16, 2015: Jeb Cites 9/11 Rubble in Claiming George W. Bush Kept America Safe : Citing the deadliest attack on U.S. soil in history as evidence that someone protected Americans from being killed doesn’t literally make sense.
- Think Progress, Sept. 16, 2016: Bush has oscillated on his brother’s foreign policy record over the course of his campaign. He’s both said he would not have gone into Iraq and also that the war that cost billions was a “good deal.” Many of Jeb Bush’s foreign policy advisers also advised his brother. Today, George W. Bush is one of the country’s least popular ex-presidents.
- Talking Points Memo, Sept. 16: George W. Bush was President when about 3,000 Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He also authorized the subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, during which more than 4,400 American lives and 115,000 Iraqi lives where lost. Jeb has waded into George’s Iraq War record before, saying he would have invaded Iraq even given the intelligence we have now, before backtracking.
- Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “It’s as if Jeb Bush believes his brother’s presidency began on September 12th, 2001. But we’re not letting Jeb rewrite history. It’s convenient but not honest to ignore the facts that the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor happened on George W. Bush’s watch after dismissing warnings from U.S. intelligence officials weeks before 9/11 that Osama bin Laden was ‘determined to strike in US’ and that his terrorist network might hijack American planes. Terrorism was a low priority for Bush before 9/11, and just six months after 9/11, catching the mastermind behind it wasn’t one either, stating “I truly am not that concerned about him.” By that time, the Bush administration was too busy cherry-picking intelligence to mislead the nation into a senseless, $3 trillion war against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 -- a war that cost over 4,000 Americans their lives, left tens of thousands more injured and served as a major recruitment tool for terrorists. In what was the exact opposite of ‘keeping us safe’, a 2006 intelligence report concluded the Iraq war in fact "made the overall terrorism problem worse.” Jeb surrounding himself with many of his brother’s old advisors that helped sell the disastrous war in Iraq may well explain his rosy revisionism today. But if Jeb Bush really believes his brother kept us safe, then Jeb Bush is the last person Americans should entrust their safety to.”
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