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Jeb Bush Has (Another) Immigration Problem

FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S 9/11 PROBLEM COULD BE MORE PROBLEMATIC THAN HIS BROTHER’S … Part of Jeb Bush‘s new “my brother is not political kryptonite” (a.k.a. “I’m with Stupid“) campaign strategy revolves around the notion that former president George W. Bush “kept America safe.” In fact the former Florida governor has been driving…

FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S 9/11 PROBLEM COULD BE MORE PROBLEMATIC THAN HIS BROTHER’S …

Part of Jeb Bush‘s new “my brother is not political kryptonite” (a.k.a. “I’m with Stupid“) campaign strategy revolves around the notion that former president George W. Bush “kept America safe.”

In fact the former Florida governor has been driving that message repeatedly in recent days as global tensions ramp up (here, here and here).

Is that true, though?  Did “Dubya” keep America safe?  Hell no.

Bush’s interventionist foreign policy (pursued with less intensity/ equal incompetence by the administration of Barack Obama) has opened America up to all sorts of pernicious new national security threats.  While costing thousands of lives – and running up a tab totaling trillions of dollars.

But it’s Jeb Bush’s connection to the old threats – not necessarily his brother’s role in creating new ones – that’s beginning to cause some problems for this whole “(Dubya) kept America safe” narrative.

And yes … not surprisingly it’s the say-anything GOP frontrunner Donald Trump stoking the fires.

“When you talk about George Bush – I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time,” Trump said last week.  “He was president.”

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Trump’s initial broadsides were focused on the fact George W. Bush was repeatedly warned of the al-Qaeda terrorist networks’ intentions to launch a U.S. attack.  And we’re not just talking about the infamous “(Osama) bin Laden determined to strike” reference in Bush’s intelligence briefing one month before 9/11 – which included a specific reference to hijackings – we’re talking about repeated references to the terrorist leader planning a U.S. strike on American soil.

And the fact that as these warnings were being issued, planning for the attack was in full swing.

Obviously Bush’s administration – deliberately or otherwise – failed to pick up the trail.

“All right. You’ve covered your ass now,” Bush is alleged to have told the intelligence official who provided the infamous August 6 briefing.

That’s obviously not a part of the “kept us safe” narrative.

Far more damaging to Jeb Bush’s presidential hopes, in our opinion, is the fact he led the state that served as al-Qaeda’s main base of operations prior to the 9/11 attacks: Florida.

The Sunshine state doled out driver’s licenses to 12 of the 9/11 terrorists.  The terrorist pilots – including their leader Mohammed Atta – trained at Florida flight schools.  They beefed up at Florida gyms.  They bought knives at Florida sporting goods’ stores.

All this while going totally undetected by U.S. intelligence.

Trump pivoted ever-so-subtly to this line of attack this week when he said if he had been running things in 2001, al-Qaeda’s operatives wouldn’t have been here.

“I doubt that those people would’ve been in the country,” Trump said.

Illegal immigration, of course has been the issue fueling Trump’s rise – and hastening Jeb Bush’s decline.  But now Trump has seized on a compelling national security component to the issue.

Does he have a case to make?  Yes … and in his more lucid moments Jeb Bush has even agreed with him.

A lengthy report in IB Times this week by reporters David Sirota, Jackie Salo and Andrew Perez details the extent to which Florida dropped the ball in 2001 on the immigration front – and injects this failure squarely into the 2016 presidential narrative.

“So far on the campaign trail, the debate over the responsibility for the attacks has revolved around George W. Bush,” the IB Times report noted.  “But in the aftermath of 9/11, Jeb Bush himself was also under fire.”

And deservedly so …

In fact their report quotes a 2001 editorial from the St. Petersburg Times which took Bush to task for lax pre-9/11 security, noting “Florida’s laws on obtaining drivers’ licenses are so lax it’s easy to operate under the radar.”

“That so many of the terrorists obtained IDs and flight instruction here was not a coincidence,” the editor added.  “Alarm bells should have gone off but never did. We can no longer afford these kind of security lapses.”

Oddly enough, as Brietbart noted this week, Jeb Bush in his 2013 book Immigration Wars admitted that open borders played a role in the tragedy.

“The fact that several of the 9/11 terrorists entered the country lawfully under a leaky immigration system has heightened national security concerns,” he wrote.

Again … that’s not part of his “kept us safe” narrative.

Nonetheless, Jeb Bush’s campaign is seeking to raise money off of Trump’s criticisms.

“If you believe as I do that my brother kept this country safe and strong after those horrific attacks, then I need you to donate $5 and fight back against Donald Trump,” a fundraising appeal from Bush’s campaign noted.

Ironic …

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62 comments

dwb619 October 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

I believe it goes deeper than that,i.e., Bush The First speech to the UN General Assembly on September 11 ,1991 containing the reference to a one world government.

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shifty henry October 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

?? — the “New World Order”

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dwb619 October 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I stand corrected!

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CorruptionInColumbia October 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Same exact thing! The Bush family, and the Clintons, are favored puppets of that organization.

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Derp October 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Oh crap. Another conspirtard.

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CorruptionInIntelligence October 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

9/11 was just a hoax perpetrated by the gun grabbers in the Obama administration that have access to a time machine.

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Derp October 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

It’s working so well too.
Number of guns taken by the gov’t? Zero.
Number of new gun purchases? *facepalm*

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Rocky Verdad October 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Notice they didn’t attack Trump Tower. They knew better. Donald will keep us safe.

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SCBlues October 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

LOL

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TARevolution October 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Better Question: If Joe gets in, does it RIP apart the Democrat Party?

And: If Joe DOES NOT get in, does it RIP apart the Democrat Party?

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Rocky Verdad October 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Of if Joe gets in, does it finish off the Chaos Party.

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TARevolution October 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Are you Calling yourselves that now.?Good. It “FITS”…LMAO…

And it’s better (for you) than the TRUTH…the WALKING DEAD Party.

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Good Is Relative October 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Good? Maybe not. Better than the GOP? Absolutely.

You retards can’t even stop drooling over yourselves long enough to vote for someone to lead you in the House. How the fuck do you guys expect to win the White House?

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TARevolution October 19, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Wow: That may the the Deepest comment EVER from a Democrat. You likely have to highest IQ in your party…even if you’re so fucking stupid, it’s difficult to discern what your trying to communicate. LMAO…What a mess. (:

TARDevolution October 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Well, you certainly aren’t the smartest democrat. The most vocal, maybe?

Joe the Hummer October 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

http://gfycat.com/FlippantSpecificAidi

Joe Biden is a creepy mofo

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TARevolution October 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

You got dat right. He needs to be arrested on the spot. And I’m not sure if his wife is into it – him and little girls- are embarrassed, or scared to death to say anything, for fear he’ll beat the Hell out of her.

At any rate: it looks CREEPY…fo’ sho…He is one Creepy MoFo…And that just makes the Democrat Party love him more…A Rapist Bill, at 80 years old.

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Rocky Verdad October 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

DIdn’t something happen with Haster last week?

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Bible Thumper October 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Plead guilty. Lying about cash withdrawals over $10,000

SCBlues October 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

“Plead guilty”
I hear he wrestled with pleading.

Rocky Verdad October 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm

What was that about? Why was he withdrawing cash? I heard something about payoff money for pulling on a pee pee?

Bible Thumper October 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Pushing /pulling? Don’t know the details.

flip October 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Lying about cash withdrawals.Has never lied to receive Obamacare subsidy.

Feel guilty? :)

flip October 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Joe has no chance.They even haven’t started on him yet.The Clinton machine I mean.

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Waiting.... October 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Who’s your new speaker?
First things first ;-)

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TARevolution October 20, 2015 at 6:23 am

Doesn’t make any difference. GOP is paralyzed because Obama, and the media, have used his race to intimidate anyone who wants to do the right thing for America.

And the Democrats would never Impeach Obama. So that’s futile. And we have no other recourse.

We just have to let it all keep falling apart, then spend the money to show exactly how Obama screwed up the country. And we won’t need the Democrats after the 2016 elections.

And when we clean up the total mess he’s made, the GOP will be set for a while.

There are no options, other than that.

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erneba October 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

First question…yes, could be perceived as attacking Hillary.

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flip October 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Biden would only get in IF they have information that Hillary will be indicted.

If Biden does get in the Clinton Mafia will finish the job Obama started-destroy the Democrat Party in 2016.Biden would have ZERO chance.

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The Buzzman October 20, 2015 at 7:03 am

Neither Obama nor the Clintons actually has the power to destroy the Democratic Party. Only a third party successfully fielding a candidate that wins by a landslide could do that. The system is rigged to protect both parties, and it’s rigged not to let a third party cause that much trouble.

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flip October 20, 2015 at 8:02 am

Since 2008 the Republicans have gained 75 house seats,11 senate seats, control of 34 governorships and a pick up of 1500 seats in state legislatures-control of BOTH chambers in 69 states.First majority since the Civil War.

Try and keep up.The Democrat Party is finished without Amnesty and it ain’t gonna happen.

TARevolution October 20, 2015 at 10:42 am

Wonderful blast of reality, there, flip. My belief is that the media can spin one person (as in president) into a their mythical lord-Democrat-god, on a national level, and control it to a certain level.

But with the House and Senate, the electorate is not national, and the media is not as corrupt, except in big cities. When the people are closer to the truth. Democrats LOSE and LOSE BIG…even more-so after they’ve slimed their way into office, and we get to see who, and what, they are…

flip October 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Yes indeed.Excellent.All politics is local (except POTUS) and they can’t elections-they expose themselves for who they are indeed.

TARevolution October 20, 2015 at 10:38 am

Great commentary. And is’s sad that the Clintons HAVE TO destroy Joe. That ignorant, backward bastard may actually have chance in a very screwed up America. Thanks media.

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vicupstate October 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

These are Hillary’s latest numbers…

A new Monmouth University poll finds Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic presidential race nationally, 48% to 20%, with Joe Biden at 17%.

Jim Webb and Larry Lessig each get 1%, while Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee each earn less than 1%.

And one poll has Obama at 51% approval now.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama’s job approval rating at 51%, while 45% disapprove.

“Although tepidly positive, those are Obama’s best numbers since May 2013… The movement in his ratings — which we would emphasize has not yet been verified in other public polls — has been slight on a month-to-month basis. But his ratings have moved in a positive direction in two consecutive Post-ABC surveys.”

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flip October 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Oh.
I just looked at Real Clear Politics TODAY and Obama approval/disapproval is MINUS 9 in Rassmusen and MINUS 7 in Gallup.

You lie more than Rocky although Rocky is smart and you are a pure illiterate dumb ass.

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erneba October 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Yeah, I just checked his numbers , also. The Real Clear Politics 10/1 – 10/18 average of eight major polls has him underwater.
Nice try.
Obama is getting some relief for his numbers, there is a lot going on now in the world of politics. He is not experiencing a surge , he has just been pushed off the front page lately.

flip October 20, 2015 at 5:53 am

The latest Economist Poll has his DISAPPROVAL +9 and Fox News has Obama DISAPPROVAL +11.

Have you no shame liar?Deaf,dumb and stupid ain’t no way to go thru life.

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TARevolution October 20, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Polls are WILDLY in the Democrats favor during Non-election periods.

Polls tighten, and the Democrats lose massive amounts of percentage as an election nears, because the media knows the election will show what biased liars they are.

So your poll is full of shit.

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The Buzzman October 20, 2015 at 6:59 am

A brief instance of almost clear thinking on your part. There are, indeed, severe pitfalls inherent in either course for the Dems. However, I believe Biden is more likely to beat either Bush or Trump than is Hillary Clinton.

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TroubleBaby October 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

“I need you to donate $5 and fight back against Donald Trump,”
“because I have low energy and need to hire people to do it.”

:)

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Bible Thumper October 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

As if it mattered
Terrorists flight training occurred in in early 2000, while Clinton was President. Others began flight training in Georgia just before Bush’s inauguration. Some flight training was in California and Arizona before Bush took office. One of the 19 terrorist first arrived during GHW Bush’s presidency. About equal numbers in Clinton’s and G W Bush’s presidency. Many had drivers licenses from Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and California obtained before GW Bush and many before Jeb was Governor.
http://www.fairus.org/issue/identity-and-immigration-status-of-9-11-terrorists

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Rocky Verdad October 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Jeb will win the nomination. It’s already determined.

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flip October 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

As usual you lie.On the ground in south Florida after a short stay in NE Florida.Bush is finished.

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HD October 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

“Deliberately or otherwise…” You really are an inveterate idiot.

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erneba October 19, 2015 at 4:43 pm

In the world of politics; Hillary, Bernie, and Biden are symptoms, not cures. They have been on the “inside” for far too long.The Republicans candidates have the same, in the persons of Bush, Christie, Graham, etc.
You could, on the Democrat side, look at Sanders as being an outsider sometimes, but the label just does not fit.
That is why the outsiders in Republican race are doing so well, people have had it with the status quo, and demanding a difference in the form of Trump, Carson, and Fiorina.
If Biden is inclined to run, he had better be careful how he enters the race, He will alienate Hillary supporters, and may not recover many of them if he gets the nomination. He has put himself in a hard spot, he can not be perceived as getting in the race saying that Hillary is unqualified for no reason, he must enter to race to “save the party” if Hillary’s current legal woes turn fatal.

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SCBlues October 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm

” . . . if Hillary’s current legal woes turn fatal.”
WHAT legal woes? LOL

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The Buzzman October 20, 2015 at 7:12 am

They run DEEP, or Biden getting in would not be a thing. Word is now that an announcement is imminent. Even Axelrod believes he’s getting into the race. That would not happen unless the O admin is ready to pull out every stop to politically kill Hillary Clinton.

The full truth about rapist Bill is right around the corner. Whatever actual illegality has been perpetrated by Hillary will be revealed, too. This will happen so swiftly, once it starts, that the Night of the Long Knives will look like Trick or Treat for Unicef by comparison.

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pOgo October 20, 2015 at 7:58 am

The ‘Word” is you are a fucking idiot that never met the truth in your life?

EVERYBODY knows Clinton will be indicted and that is the reason Biden will run.

Stay with what you do best-dreaming up falsehoods and conspiracy theories about local public officials(falsely accusing them of drunk driving and multiple felonies) and others in your community while HUMILIATING yourself dumb ass.

GT,erneba,Rogue and I will continue to do the heavy lifting of TRUTH on Fits you babbling moron.

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The Buzzman October 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm

^^^ The sociopathology is strong with this one.

The Buzzman October 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

You ignore the fact that I did not claim Hillary wouldn’t be indicted. I was discussing another reason why she should not be POTUS.

For a POV on this from the SANE right wing of the GOP (that’s the bunch that won’t let you go to their meetings), there’s this:

Using Biden to Block the Clintons from Regaining the White House
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425752/obama-2016-joe-biden-hillary-clinton

SCBlues October 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Oh Buzz – Hillary will never be indicted for anything – there are not legal woes – only in the minds of the conspiracy theorists and Clinton haters. Most of the time on here I really like you and then those other times you remind me of Pogo and Grand Tango – this is one of those other times.

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The Buzzman October 20, 2015 at 1:15 pm

You don’t have to be looking for a conspiracy to see how Hillary and the Clintonistas did everything in their power to shut down, shut up, marginalize and demonize every woman who accused Bill of a whole range of sexual improprieties, from unwanted exposure of his penis to them, to unwanted groping of their private parts, to full-on rape. It started in their college years, continued as they climbed the ladder of political power, and never really let up.

Then suddenly Hillary is saying that women on college campuses should report rape and other forms of sexual assault immediately. A total hypocrite. And my opinion, a narcissistic, power-hungry evil one who doesn’t really give a damn about any women other than herself herself and her daughter.

SCBlues October 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

You have the right to your opinion Buzz – that is all that it is – your opinion. LOL Don’t vote for Hillary – you can cancel out my vote. I just disagree with you completely, totally where Hillary is concerned. And you seem obsessed with Bill’s sex life – I’ve seen you post it on here before over and over like you do on a couple of other subjects. You’ve never seen me defend Bill for his behavior towards women – Hillary did not do it. I’m fine with your opinions – I think you are way off base where Hillary is concerned.

The Buzzman October 21, 2015 at 8:48 am

Hillary called all the women bimbos. She has never apologized to them. If they were raped or sexually assaulted, which I believe some of them were, she is “slut-shaming” when she does that. I’m not obsessed with Bill’s sex life. I’m just appalled and disgusted over the fact that too many Democrats care far too little about it, and about the fact that they are trying to return an unindicted serial sex offender to the White House, via his wife.

It’s scary to me that people buy the BS that Hillary really cares about women’s rights more than she does about grabbing more power and holding on to it. She is, at best, a horrible hypocrite. At worst, she is an apologist for rape and sexual harassment — and thus a facilitator of those social evils, and one who has added insult to energy by further attacking victims.

SCBlues October 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm

We can just agree to disagree – but your rants have become rather tiring. When did Bill Clinton ever get prosecuted for rape? I missed that one – but I’m sure you have it conjured up somewhere. You certainly seem obsessed with his sex life.

The Buzzman October 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm

btw, OF COURSE he was not proscecuted. Bill Cosby hasn’t been either. YET.

The power that these people wield shields them from proscecution. They scare the shit out of people, blackmail them, buy them off if they can. You have to have some thick blinders on not to see the way the Clintons have misused their power to try to destroy their enemies.

Their enemies = anyone who tell the truth about them.

SCBlues October 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

yawn

The Buzzman October 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

Of course you wouldn’t care. Ideology and party loyalty trump morality and decency, every time.

SCBlues October 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Go fuck yourself

The Buzzman October 23, 2015 at 4:46 am

Were it not an absolute physical impossibility, I still wouldn’t do it. Not into anal. ;)

Native Ink October 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Jeb Bush always likes to pretend that his brother’s record on national security starts AFTER 9/11. Good on Trump for exposing that lie. I’m sure the Bushes would also like to pretend Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War, and the collapse of the economy don’t count against W’s record.

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