After hearing him speak at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, a university student told Jeb Bush, a likely presidential candidate, that his brother was responsible for the rise of ISIS, reported the New York Times.
The 19-year old Ivy Ziedrich challenged comments Bush had made during his speech blaming President Obama for America’s retreat from the Middle East and the rise of ISIS.
Ziedrich countered Bush by pointing out the Iraqi Army was disbanded during the George W. Bush administration.
“It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military were forced out — they had no employment, they had no income, and they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons,” she said.
She then said: “Your brother created ISIS.”
Responding to Ziedrich accusing him of “spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars,” where, she said “we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism,” Bush said “We respectfully disagree.”
Bush added “When we left Iraq, security had been arranged, Al Qaeda had been taken out. There was a fragile system that could have been brought up to eliminate the sectarian violence.”
He went on to say “And we had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress. The result was the opposite occurred. Immediately, that void was filled.”
His last words on the subject were “Look, you can rewrite history all you want. But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because America pulled back.”
And with that, he was done.