Jeb Bush to slam Obama’s ‘indecisive’ foreign policy – USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush plans to criticize the Obama administration on foreign policy, charging the president’s team with an “inconsistent and indecisive” approach that has caused America to lose its standing around the world.
According to excerpts of Bush’s speech, to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the likely GOP presidential candidate will castigate not only President Obama but by extension, Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential Democratic rival who served as secretary of State in Obama’s first term.
“The great irony of the Obama presidency is this: Someone who came to office promising greater engagement with the world has left America less influential in the world,” Bush plans to say Wednesday.
In denouncing Obama’s leadership, the former Florida governor will chide the administration for not matching their words with deeds.
“The administration talks, but the words face,” Bush will say. “They draw red lines … then erase them. With grandiosity, they announce resets and disengage. Hashtag campaigns replace actual diplomacy and engagement. Personal diplomacy and maturity is replaced by leaks and personal disparagement.”
Bush’s remarks come as he moves forward with an all-but-declared presidential campaign, and as crises such as the terrorist threat from the Islamic State, a clash with Russia, and the nuclear ambitions of Iran take center stage.
Although governors don’t have much foreign policy experience beyond trade issues, Bush’s vantage point includes watching his father and brother address global conflicts. Their presidential legacies are both shaped partly by their response to war in Iraq. Regarding George W. Bush’s controversial handling of Iraq and Afghanistan, Jeb Bush said last week that he isn’t interested in “re-litigating anything in the past” but, instead, outline his vision for the future.
Bush plans to reference his father and brother and the way they handled foreign policy as presidents, though it is unclear from the excerpts whether the former Florida governor will outline how he will differ in his approach.
“I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs — and sometimes in contrast to theirs,” he will say. “I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man — and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.”
Bush’s excerpts were distributed late Tuesday by his Right to Rise PAC.
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