Jeb Bush’s foreign policy team is full of warmongers
Likely presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has assembled a foreign policy advisory team made up of consultants, lobbyists, lawyers, and board members of corporations specializing in defense, intelligence, and security contracts. Apparently not too concerned with distancing himself from Bushes that came before him, the former Florida governor’s team includes many officials that served in his father’s and brother’s administrations.
They include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who, during his time in office, strongly advocated for the use of full body scanners at airports—scanners manufactured by a client of his consulting firm The Chertoff Group. Other members include former CIA Director Michael Hayden, who is employed by the Chertoff Group, and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, who runs his own consulting firm, RichHadleyGates.
Having the ear of Bush puts these men in a strategic position to influence a potential third Bush administration and fatten their clients’ checkbooks, and the industries in which their clients operate leave little doubt as to what sorts of policies advisors might push.
RichHadleyGates advises ExxonMobil on oil exploration in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. Hadley also sits on the board of Raytheon, a missiles and weapons systems manufacturer. Chertoff is a board member of BAE Systems, which despite its cute name, is also in the weapons-selling business, with Saudia Arabia as a major customer. Both Raytheon and BAE Systems have or are set to see increased profits due to ongoing battles with the Islamic State.
In case anyone were to view all of this as just conjecture, Bush has already asserted that if he runs, it will be on a ticket that supports a rise in defense spending, increased bombing against ISIS, and the continuation of NSA spying programs.
Meet the new Bush. Same as the last Bush.