Jeb Bush speaking to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on February 18. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Opinion

Jeb Bush’s Puzzling Foreign Policy Speech

he speech was, predictably, critical of President Obama’s handling of the myriad foreign policy problems facing the U.S. and indicated Mr. Bush would try to be tougher than the current President. Arguing that “They (the Obama administration) draw red lines, then erase them. With grandiosity, they announce resets and disengage,” or asserting that the U.S. is “the greatest nation on the face of the earth,” is not a meaningful discussion of policy, but partisan and generic statements by a politician.Most people assumed Mr. Bush felt that way when he began to explore a presidential bid last year. The speech was also woefully short on specifics of how a new President Bush would handle, Iran, Islamist terror or an aggressive Russia led by Vladimir Putin. The takeaway from Mr. Bush’s speech is primarily that he is a Republican who doesn’t like President Obama and who, while lacking any brilliant or new ideas about foreign policy, will position himself more hawkishly than President Obama, but still comfortably in the mainstream American foreign policy thinking.

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