In a speech on Aug. 11, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush criticized President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the turmoil in the Middle East, calling them “failed peacemakers.”
“Who can seriously argue that America and our friends are safer today than in 2009, when the president and Secretary Clinton — the storied 'team of rivals' — took office?” Bush said during his speech to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California. “So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers.”
Bush neglected to mention his brother, former President George W. Bush, who invaded Iraq in 2003. He did make a brief reference to his brother when mentioning “failures of intelligence.”
Bush’s biggest criticism of Obama was in regard to the nuclear deal with Iran, which he vowed to begin working to undo “immediately” after taking office should he be elected.
“It should be rejected by the Congress of the United States of America,” he said of the deal.
Bush’s speech was part of a question and answer session with Robert Tuttle, who was ambassador to Britain under president George W. Bush. In the session, Tuttle, who serves on the Reagan Foundation board, neglected to ask any questions relating to his brother’s war in Iraq. There were no audience questions permitted.
“I would say the Obama-Clinton foreign policy would be one based on grandiose talk and little action,” he said of Obama and his administration’s foreign policy. “We have to lead this.”