I feel so reassured to know that at least one candidate of the Republican party refuses to abandon our admiration for the former government of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Jeb Bush wants the American people to know that “what I admire most about my brother was that he kept us safe. And I believe people will respect him for a long time because of that.” He also wants Republicans to know that he disagrees with Senator Rand Paul who wants to end government surveillance of our lives. “This is a matter of national security. We shouldn’t surrender the tools that keep us safe. It would be irresponsible. It would be reckless;” Mighty strong words in defense of the Bush-other Bush, that is– policy of defense against weapons of mass destruction.
I wonder what the five thousand Americans who died in this venture into nothing that had anything to do with terrorism feel now that they are dead. I wonder if the 40,000 who were wounded feel about being “saved” by President Bush feel about that caring effort. And, I wonder what the estimated 500,000 who returned with PTSD feel about being “saved” by George Bush? I have a hunch this campaign approach is a losing one.