As Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin heads for Chicago, he will hold a news conference today, Tuesday October 20th near LaGuardia Airport to continue his expert analysis of the continuing controversy between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush over the efficacy or incompetence of President George W. Bush. Andy was a strong opponent of the Iraq war, and afterwards lived in Baghdad in 2003. As the Trump/Bush battle rages on cable channels and news programs Andy offers further analysis and expert opinion on the failed presidency of George W. Bush.
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Attention, New York, Washington, National daybook/assignment and Political editors
Announcement of New York City-area news conference Tuesday, October 20
Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin holds a New York news conference today, to continue to clarify the controversy between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush over Jeb’s claim his brother “kept us safe”
Andy was the first person to expose candidate George W. Bush as a “foreign policy incompetent” who would do long-term damage to national security
Andy says Donald Trump has triggered a debate on the Bush family’s “two failed wars;” Republicans must stop lying to themselves if they want to win in 2016
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(New York) (October 20, 2015) Republican presidential candidate and foreign policy author/expert Andy Martin will hold a New York-area news conference today, Tuesday, October 20th to continue his analysis of the “debate” which Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have joined over whether Jeb’s brother “kept us safe” while George W Bush was president. In 1999-2000 Andy broadcast a TV commercial in New Hampshire over WMUR-TV; the ad predicted George Bush would start a war with Iraq if he was elected president. In 2003, Andy arrived in Baghdad the week after Saddam was deposed; Andy lived in Iraq during long periods of 2003. Although Andy strenuously opposed the invasion of Iraq, and predicted the Bush policy would lead to disaster, his first-hand experiences living in Iraq makes him the only presidential candidate with actual Middle East experience.
“Please allow me begin with a brief ‘victory lap,’” Andy will state. “In 1999, I was right about why then-Governor George W Bush was wrong for the presidency. Last Friday and Saturday I provided an extensive analysis of the facts behind President G W Bush’s failures as a president (please see the links below for my original weekend analysis of the Trump/Bush argument).
“During the 2008 presidential campaign someone called me the ‘Internet Powerhouse;’ the term stuck because I energized the opposition to Barack Obama after John McCain’s campaign collapsed. My readers are some of the most loyal followers on the Internet. They know that when I speak as a politician or candidate, I label those comments as ‘political.’ And when I speak as an expert or analyst, I try to be as impartial and authoritative as possible.
“My analysis often does a better job of explaining Donald Trump’s thoughts than he does, because he lacks my foreign policy depth. Nevertheless, because I am unalterably opposed to the candidacy of Jeb Bush I am indebted to Trump for leading the charge to defeat Bush.
“Here are the facts:
“First, I knew Trump’s 9/11 claims would open up a raw wound for Jeb because Jeb as a candidate is basically an empty vessel. Jeb has recruited (not sure of the exact number as of today) some seventeen of his twenty foreign policy ‘advisers’ from his brother’s failed administration. Jeb is running to reinstate the ‘G W Bush III Presidency’(second George W Bush administration).
“Second, pre-9/11 President Bush was given repeated warnings of the terrorist threat, but there was no response from his administration. President George Bush ‘did not keep us safe’ before 9/11, because the nation was asleep to the terror threat and Bush himself was wallowing in complacency.
“Third, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 President Bush did act appropriately and he is entitled to credit. For the first few weeks after the attack he led a unified nation.
“Fourth, Bush soon squandered his brief period of national unity when he began to use 9/11 as an excuse to plan an attack on Iraq, when Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. If Bush had directed all of our resources into Afghanistan, we would have caught Osama Bin Laden, promptly, before Bin Laden could burrow into hiding.
“Fifth, over the long term Bush most definitely did not ‘keep us safe.’ Bush left behind a time bomb in Iraq, and because of President Obama’s hubris and incompetence nothing was done to defuse the bomb. But make no mistake, Bush’s own disastrous policies, and his surrender to Al Maliki for example, set the stage for the catastrophes that followed.
“Sixth, Bush did not ‘win the war’ because of the ‘surge.’ The surge was a desperate stopgap measure to stave off complete collapse and chaos. As a tourniquet to stanch the bleeding, the surge succeeded. But there was no follow-up. In fact, Bush, once again lulled into complacency by his own egomania, decided he had ‘won’ (‘mission accomplished?’) and used the temporary relief offered by the surge to walk away from the inevitable disaster.
“Seventh, Jeb wants to cut-and-paste dates out of context to claim his brother was a success. But now, in 2015, we can see the true chaos that eight years of George Bush in the White House left behind. Obama thought he could waltz into office, withdraw from the Middle East and implement his domestic socialist agenda. He was wrong. The cancers which Bush left behind have consumed both Obama’s legacy and the Middle East itself. That is why I believe history will judge Obama our worst president, and Bush our second-worst president. For sixteen years we have been led by two-party incompetents.
“Donald Trump, who obviously has a radically higher media profile than I do, has done America a great service by finally opening up a discussion and debate on the incompetence of George W Bush, and how Bush’s failure as a leader not only led to Obama, but also left behind a world that would become increasingly endangered and unstable. George Bush left behind a Middle East on the cusp of collapse, and Obama enabled the collapse. Over the long term, G W Bush most definitely did NOT keep us safe.’ Jeb cannot disguise or disregard his brother’s failed presidency. Today, out of sight and out of mind, Bush may be viewed more favorably. But as we revisit 2001-2009, the Bush-era disasters will once again come into focus. Since leaving the White House George W Bush has had the decency to fade from public view and for that he can be respected. But his eight-year record of arrogance and incompetence will live in infamy forever.”
And, finally, a footnote:
Andy Martin has over forty-five years of experience in Asia, Southwest Asia and the Middle East; he is regarded overseas as one of America’s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analysts. He was in Iran and Afghanistan during the hostage crisis in 1979-80, and has regularly returned to Southwest Asia since then. He lived in Iraq in 2003. His analysis of the terrorist threat in Iran during 1979-80, and again in Iraq in 2003, were leading-edge predictions of what Americans faced in the future. Andy first went to Asia in 1967 and has lived in or been in Israel, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Viet-Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Go to http://www.AndyMartin.com for Viet-Nam/Iraq photos and a full bio.
October 20 Forest Hills, NY news conference details:
Presidential candidate and national corruption fighter Andy Martin
Andy Martin continues his commentary on the Donald Trump/Jeb Bush dustup over George W Bush
Sidewalk in front of Forest Hills, NY Post Office; 10628 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Tuesday, October 20, 2015; 4:30 P.M.
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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ANDY MARTIN:
One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”
ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:
Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm
Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.
Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
Andy’s columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com
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