Jeb Bush told the biggest whopper at the GOP debate Wednesday night.
Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of them, plus embellishments, admissions of smokin’ some doobie, stretching of the facts, revision of history, you name it – but Jeb was the one who put me over the top on flat out lying about something:
When Donald Trump challenged Jeb Bush about George W. Bush’s record on terrorism. Jeb responded by saying that his brother “kept America safe.” That is fundamentally false. Period. Full stop.
We have fun with the GOP from time to time, but Jeb’s falsehood is not a trivial matter or subject to spin. When George W. Bush was president, the single worst terrorist attack on American soil took place. That is a demonstrable fact.
Nearly 3,000 innocent people died.
We can have debates about the chain of events and policy decisions that led to the terrorist attacks. History does not exist in isolation, after all. And all presidents get blamed and credited for things that are out of their control. But to pretend that no security breach occurred is baffling.
We also cannot forget the tens of thousands of soldiers who were sent to the other side of the world to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 4,500 of those soldiers did not come home.