Clinton surrogate Albright blasts Bush on Iraq
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Madeleine Albright is blasting GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush over his recent remarks on Iraq while defending former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE, a Democratic presidential candidate.  

Writing in a Politico op-ed posted late Monday, the former secretary of State said “Bush’s brazen attempts to rewrite history in a series of campaign appearances last week cannot go unchallenged.”


“By blaming President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the rise of [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], Governor Bush is clearly seeking to absolve his brother’s administration of responsibility for today’s problems in Iraq. This argument may serve Governor Bush’s political interests, but it does a disservice to the truth,” Albright wrote.

Albright hit the former Florida governor's “emerging narrative” about the Iraq War, noting that his brother, former President George W. Bush, penned the withdrawal date for U.S. forces at the end of 2011. 

Albright also said Bush’s ideas for combating ISIS in the Middle East “look remarkably similar” to what the Obama administration is doing, including emphasizing the role of the local military in Iraq.

Clinton's campaign touted Albright's op-ed on Twitter: 

.@madeleine is right: We can't afford another President Bush who would take us backward on Iraq and foreign policy.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 18, 2015

Bush gave a major foreign policy speech last week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Foundation, in which he said President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-Saudi official says he was targeted by a hit team after fleeing to Canada Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Yellen expects inflation to return to normal levels next year MORE and Clinton, then secretary of State, “stood by” as U.S.-led victories in Iraq were “thrown away,” allowing ISIS to grow.

He also addressed his brother's Iraq War legacy during a forum in Iowa last week.