Most of the people I speak to, none of them regard Jeb Bush as politically alive, a lot of people on the RJC were very early committed to Jeb because of friendships and relationships now that Jeb has run out of steam, I don’t know where any of them stand.
Said a longtime RJC board member based in New York City, who requested anonymity to speak freely.
Before Bush the U.S. economy was very strong, enjoying a budget surplus that year of $163 billion. Al Qaeda, small in numbers, posed a limited threat to the U.S. and the world.
Since that time, American combat troops have been continuously fighting wars on multiple continents; the budget deficit for FY2016 is projected to be $474 billion; and the terrorist threat has exploded in capacity and capability, representing a serious threat to the United States.
Saddam Hussein was a limited threat to other countries in the region and his country had no terrorist presence and Iraq posed no danger to the U.S, now large parts of Iraq are beyond the control of the dysfunctional government in Baghdad, and the country is a veritable breeding ground for regional and global terror threats, not to mention being highly influenced by Iran.