Jeb Bush is not my favorite Floridian running for the Republican nomination (Marco Rubio is), so his troubles this week are not totally unpleasant to me. But many in the media have taken a cheap shot at him for his dust-up a few days ago with erstwhile high school debater, current Nevada college student Ivy Ziedrich. Liberals are characterizing her as a hero, akin to birth-control’s Sandra Fluke.
So what brilliant thing did Ziedrich do? She confronted Jeb Bush after a town-hall forum, and according to a transcript in USA Today, she ask him if he would take a question from a college student about ISIS. When Bush generously accepted, he harangued him with the following:
- Ziedrich: The threat of ISIS was created by the Iraqi Coalition Authority which ousted the entire government of Iraq. It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military, they were forced out, they had no employment, they had no income. Yet they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons. Your brother created ISIS.
After the soliloquy, Bush asked the obvious – “Is that a question?”
To which Ziedrich proffered an ad hominem non sequitur – “You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir.”
Pedantic? Pedantic means someone who is showing off their knowledge. If anyone was being pedantic, it was Ziedrich showing off by using a term even without knowing its meaning, which Bush pointed out – “Pedantic? Wow.”
Amazingly, Ziedrich asserted – “You could just answer my question.”
Bush’s obvious response – “So what is the question?”
This finally elicited a semblance of a question from Ziedrich – “My question is why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s pointless wars, when we sent young men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism? It’s this idea – like, why are you spouting nationalistic rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?”
Jeb Bush ended the confrontation by giving Ziedrich a thoughtful answer to her incoherent ramblings – “We respectfully disagree… Al Qaeda had been taken out, there was a fraudulent system that could have been brought up to create, to eliminate the sectarian violence and we had an agreement that the president could have signed, it would have kept 10,000 troops, which is less than what we have in Korea. It could have created the stability that would have allow for Iraq to progress. The net result was, the opposite occurred because immediately that void was filled. And so, look, you can rewrite history all you want but the simple fact is that we’re in a much more unstable place because America pulled back.
Jeb Bush handled Ziedrich wonderfully. It’s sad that 15 minutes of fame, instead of infamy, go to a college student for being impudent.