Wants ground troops: Jeb Bush Ground Troops
Published: November 19, 2015
Wants ground troops: Jeb Bush Ground Troops, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for American troops on the ground in the Middle East to defeat ISIS.
At a speech focusing on national security at the Citadel in South Carolina, the former Florida governor said, “Militarily, we need to intensify our efforts in the air – and on the ground.”
The national security speech comes days after deadly terror attacks by ISIS in Paris killed 129 people. Bush is one of several presidential candidates to lay out his proposals to defeat the terrorist organization.
Bush would not indicate a number of troops necessary, instead leaving that decision to the recommendation of military generals.
A president Jeb Bush would be the third Bush to commit troops in the Middle East. His father, George H.W. Bush, waged the mostly popular Iraq War known as Desert Storm, and his brother George W. Bush launched another war in Iraq that was largely unpopular that led to the ouster of Saddam Hussein. He also engaged in Afghanistan, which led to the longest war in U.S. history, to fight al Qaeda.
U.S. troops will not fight alone, Bush said, insisting that the U.S. would instead lead a “global coalition” to defeat ISIS “with overwhelming force.” A military operation would be assisted by NATO and Arab allies.
“Let there be no doubt, this will not be easy,” Bush said.
Bush also used the speech to define himself as the candidate best equipped to defeat terror and lead a strong military.
“This brutal savagery is a reminder of what is at stake in this election,” he said. “If these attacks remind us of anything, it is that we are living in serious times that require serious leadership.”
He continued an attempt to contrast himself as a steady hand against a crowded Republican field that he says is full of “big personalities” but lacking in people with proven records who have made tough decisions.
“It’ll become aware to people that we’re electing a president of the United States, a commander-in-chief of our Armed Forces,” he said earlier this week. “It’s a serious undertaking.”
Bush’s argument coalesced around a declaration that, “we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism” and a need to restore America as the “leader and indispensable power of the free world.”
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