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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush argued on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton shared the blame for the rise of ISIS over the past few years.
While speaking at the Ronald Reagan presidential library this week, Bush made the case that the current Democratic presidential frontrunner sat idly by as Islamic State militants have grown in power and influence around the world.
“ISIS grew while the United States disengaged from the Middle East and ignored the threat. And where was Secretary of State Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge, then joined in claiming credit for its success, then stood by as that hard-won victory by American and allied forces was thrown away. In all her record-setting travels, she stopped by Iraq exactly once. 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? So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers.”
Bush used Clinton’s role in the rise of ISIS as a lead-in to what he would do as Commander-In-Chief.
“Right now, we have around 3,500 soldiers and marines in Iraq, and more may well be needed. We do not need, and our friends do not ask for, a major commitment of American combat forces,” he said.
Rather than specifically send in American forces on the ground, Bush insisted that he would provide more support to anti-Islamic State Kurds, and work with regional allies to declare a no-fly zone.
War is a sensitive topic for Bush, more so than any other 2016 presidential candidate, because many Americans still resent the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq ordered by his brother, former President George W. Bush, in 2003.