Jeb no hope to be the smart Bush
I believed Jeb Bush when he said he misunderstood the question, "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the attack on Iraq in 2003?"
I believe he thought it meant "with the intelligence we had at that time." His response was "Yes, and so would have Hillary."
Now, I think he has destroyed any chance of being the Republican nominee. Talking to supporters in Iowa in May he said, "Let me get all of my cards on the table. If I had control of the U.S. military today, I would attack Iraq right now and we would be occupying it for a good long time."
He went on to say he was getting foreign policy advice from his brother George and Paul Wolfowitz, the former deputy Pentagon chief who helped Bush justify the 2003 war with Iraq. "My brother has some pretty good experience and Ol' Wolfowitz is dying to take another crack at Iraq," he said. Jeb Bush also said he expected to reach out to former Vice President Dick Cheney to "get his perspective" on re-invading Iraq.
Until I read this story, I thought Jeb was the smart one in the family
Clueless about hunting
What the heck kind of letter was that, comparing Tim Farmer of Kentucky Afield taking his grandchildren squirrel hunting to kids killing kids?
Anyone with any brains could figure out teaching children to respect guns is one of the most responsible things you can do.
How dare someone write such a letter about one of the most respected conservationists in Kentucky.
What a misleading low blow. It's time for the writer to step out of the city and see how the rest of us live. Hunting and guns founded this great nation.
Paul's explosive idea
Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul favors arming the Kurds to help defeat ISIL. Arming the Kurds is a bad idea for three reasons:
¦ It would guarantee another war as soon as ISIL is defeated. A new influx of high-tech weapons from the United States would embolden Kurdish forces to fight for an independent state; to get it they would have to defeat the very Iraqi army we've been training and equipping.
¦ The Kurds would be eager to settle scores with Turkey, an ostensible U.S. ally who routinely pummels the Kurds while we look the other way.
That would make for three combatants (Turkey, Iraq and the Kurds) all fighting each other, with us acting as their arms supplier. Even by Middle Eastern standards, that's lunacy.
¦ The Kurds are far from a unified group. It is also likely existing Kurdish factions would turn to fighting each other to gain control of Kurdish territory and oil resources. The most heavily armed faction would likely win a bloody and costly victory.
If Paul wants to convince us he's presidential material, he needs to come up with a better Mideast strategy. Arming the Kurds is pouring fuel on the fire.
GOP puzzle solved
I read that current Republican presidential candidates cannot select the greatest living Republican president, all agreeing that Reagan is their choice but fortunately realizing he is dead and canonized.
I have the obvious selection.
The greatest living Republican president accomplished the following items, all of which are mandatory tenets of the Republican Party: welfare reform, Wall Street deregulation, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, created tax cuts for small businesses, Defense of Marriage Act, curbed illegal immigration, passed a balanced budget act, was a fiscal conservative, passed a crime bill increasing the death penalty, criticized Palestinian leadership as anti-peace, and reacted with decisive military action against Islamic-inspired acts of terror against our embassies.
He demonstrated compassion with bills assisting children's health as well as adoption. He even managed a scandal like the others.
Last and not least, unlike others living or dead, he created a budget surplus.
The greatest living Republican president is and remains the ever-popular William J. Clinton.