Watch “Safe?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on9q1GrE7Ys&feature=youtu.be
Washington DC – In response to Jeb Bush’s delusional statement at the latest Republican presidential debate that his brother President George W. Bush “kept us safe”, which he doubled down on a day later, Americans United for Change unveiled a new TV ad “Safe?”, airing next week nationally on cable news stations.
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “It’s as if Jeb Bush believes his brother’s presidency began on September 12th, 2001. But we’re not letting Jeb rewrite history. It’s convenient but not honest to ignore the facts that the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor happened on George W. Bush’s watch after dismissing warnings from U.S. intelligence officials weeks before 9/11 that Osama bin Laden was ‘determined to strike in US’ and that his terrorist network might hijack American planes. Terrorism was a low priority for Bush before 9/11, and just six months after 9/11, catching the mastermind behind it wasn’t one either, stating “I truly am not that concerned about him.” By that time, the Bush administration was too busy cherry-picking intelligence to mislead the nation into a senseless, $3 trillion war against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 -- a war that cost over 4,000 Americans their lives, left tens of thousands more injured and served as a major recruitment tool for terrorists. In what was the exact opposite of ‘keeping us safe’, a 2006 intelligence report concluded the Iraq war in fact "made the overall terrorism problem worse.” Jeb surrounding himself with many of his brother’s old advisors that helped sell the disastrous war in Iraq may well explain his rosy revisionism today. But if Jeb Bush really believes his brother kept us safe, then Jeb Bush is the last person Americans should entrust their safety to.”
It wasn’t just George W. Bush’s dangerous defense policies that left Americans less secure. His trickle-down policies severely compromised millions of Americans’ health, economic and retirement security. Bush presided over the worst presidential job record in recorded U.S. history. On his watch, a subprime mortgage crisis rocked Wall Street, left the economy hemorrhaging 800,000 jobs a month and wiped out $2 trillion in retirement savings. Bush doled out reckless tax breaks for the rich and outsourcers that helped turn a record budget surplus into a record deficit while exploding income inequality. He didn’t lift a finger to address the broken health care system as 8 million more Americans joined the ranks of the uninsured – and even vetoed a modest expansion of children’s health care. He sped up climate change by watering down critical environmental regulations and letting Big Oil write his energy policy chapter and verse. And who could forget the tragically inept response to Hurricane Katrina? Kept us safe? Mission NOT accomplished.
Bush on Bin Laden, March 13, 2002 – 6 months after 9/11: “I just don't spend that much time on him... we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.”