On Wednesday, rumored 2016 GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush attended a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, where he was confronted by a college student who took him to task on his claim that the Obama Administration was to blame for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Ivy Ziedrich, a student at the University of Nevada, approached Bush after the meeting, and identified herself as a political science major and college Democrat.
“What I wanted to talk to you about is the fact that you said ISIS was created because we don’t have enough presence, and we’re pulling out of the Middle East,” said Ziedrich “However, ISIS was actually created by the Iraqi coalition authority, which ousted the entire government of Iraq.”
Bush shook his head in disagreement, as Ziedrich continued.
[pull_quote_center]”It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military were forced out — they had no employment, they had no income, and they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons,” Ziedrich said. “Your brother created ISIS.”[/pull_quote_center]
“All right, Is that a question?” Bush responded, reaching out and briefly touching Ziedrich’s arm.
“You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir,” Ziedrich replied. “If you would just answer question...”
“Pedantic? Wow,” said Bush. “What is your question?”
[pull_quote_center]”My question is, why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s countless pointless wars where we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism?” Ziedrich asked. “Why are you spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?”[/pull_quote_center]
“We respectfully disagree,” Bush replied. “We have a disagreement. Because, I think, when we left Iraq, there was security arranged, Al-Qaeda had been taken out. There was a fragile system that could have been brought up to eliminate the sectarian violence.”
Bush continued, saying that Obama could have signed an agreement keeping 10,000 troops in Iraq, which he believes would have “created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress.”
“Look, you can rewrite history all you want,” concluded Bush. “But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because America pulled back.”
The issue of exactly how ISIS was created is one that investigative journalist Ben Swann discussed in a recent episode of the Truth in Media Project. In March, Swann pointed out that while the U.S. Military is conducting airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets, the White House and U.S. military leaders are discussing possible boots on the ground in Iraq, just three years after President Obama declared that the war in Iraq was over.
“As the U.S. goes to war in an attempt to defeat yet another terrorist group, the biggest question is: Who exactly is ISIS and where did they come from?“
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