Former Florida governor and presidential hopeful John Ellis (Jeb) Bush spent some time talking foreign policy the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Bush while admitting that there were mistakes made with dealing with Iraq, was sure to lay the rise of ISIS firmly in the lap of the Obama administration. Bush said that the surge of the second Gulf War, was a stabilizing factor in Iraq while the politically motivated troop withdrawal in 2011 created a vacuum of power that is now being filled by ISIS.
Bush laid out a non-specific foreign policy agenda that keep the United States involved and engaged with world events and situations. But on the home-front Bush did support the NSA’s program involving the wide net approach on collecting telephone data. This program has been panned by leading conservatives and privacy advocates. Bush did however, say he was looking forward to hearing from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau when he speaks to congress.