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Former Florida Governor and nearly full-time 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush is about to give a foreign policy speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Excerpts released from his speech have Bush criticizing President Obama's foreign policy. No surprise there.

Most intriguing is Bush's determined effort not to be compared to his brother, former President George W. Bush, or his fahter, former President George H. W. Bush. 

"I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences."

More excerpts from the speech below:

My goal today is to explore how America can regain its leadership in the world. 

And why that leadership is more necessary than ever. 

American leadership projected consistently and grounded in principle has been a benefit to the world.

I have doubts whether this administration believes American power is such a force.

Under this administration, we are inconsistent and indecisive. 

We have lost the trust and the confidence of our friends. 

We definitely no longer inspire fear in our enemies. 

The great irony of the Obama Presidency is this: Someone who came to office promising greater engagement with the world has left America less influential in the world.

The United States has an undiminished ability to shape events and build alliances of free people. 

We can project power and enforce peaceful stability in far-off areas of the globe.

To do so, I believe we need to root our foreign policy in a set of priorities and principles. 

I also have been lucky to have a father and a brother who both have shaped America’s foreign policy from the Oval Office. 

I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs’ – sometimes in contrast to theirs’.

I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. 

But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.

Each president learns from those who came before – their principles… their adjustments.

One thing we know is this: Every president inherits a changing world… and changing circumstances.

The transformation of our economy will also send a powerful message about the American system: 

Free people, free markets, free ideas … implemented faithfully… will set a powerful example of what’s possible to the rest of the world. 

Our words and our actions must match – so that the entire world knows we say what we mean and mean what we say. 

The Administration talks, but the words face. 

They draw red lines … then erase them. 

With grandiosity, they announce resets and disengage.

Hashtag campaigns replace actual diplomacy and engagement.

Personal diplomacy and maturity is replaced by leaks and personal disparagement:

The President’s word needs to be backed by the greatest military power in the world… The president should call on leaders of both parties to fix the budget and address the shortfalls in our defense spending. 

He should show leadership – and commitment to solving the problem.

Having a military that is equal to any threat is not only essential for the commander in chief… it also makes it less likely that we will need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.

Because I believe, fundamentally, that weakness invites war… and strength encourages peace.

The threats of the 21st century will not be the same as the threats of the 20th… and it is critical that we adapt to meet this challenge.

America does not have the luxury of withdrawing from the world – our security, our prosperity and our values demand that we remain engaged and involved in often distant places. 

We have no reason to apologize for our leadership and our interest in serving the cause of global security, global peace and human freedom.


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