Jeb Bush declaring he is his ‘own man’ as he embraces Bush team policy advisers
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WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, testing the waters for a 2016 presidential run, will declare in a Chicago speech on Wednesday that he is his “own man.” But he makes himself a Democratic easy target because his foreign policy advisers have been gleaned from the teams that advised two Bush administrations.
Read excerpts from Bush’s speech to be delivered to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs HERE.
According to a Bush source, here is the adviser list with brief bios….you’ll see a lot of familiar names below…
- James Baker was the 61st Secretary of State. He also served as the 67th Secretary of the Treasury and Chief of Staff to President Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. In 2008, Mr. Baker was appointed Co-Chair of the National War Powers Commission. Mr. Baker also served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He is currently a partner at the law firm, Baker Botts.
- Michael Chertoff was the 2nd Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Chertoff was a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third District. He co founded the Chertoff Group, a risk management and security-consulting group.
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart served in the United States Congress for 18 years representing Florida’s 21st district and served on the Committee for Homeland Security. He is currently chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and started a law firm in Miami.
- Paula Dobriansky served her country as Undersecretary of State and Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Dr. Dobriansky is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is also co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s commission on stabilizing fragile states.
- Porter Goss was the former Director of Central Intelligence and Congressman from Florida. Director Goss spent nearly 10 years as an Operations Officer in the CIA. He left the CIA in 1972 to pursue a career in politics. He became the Mayor of Sanibel, FL and was elected to Congress where he served for 15 years until he was appointed CIA Director.
- Stephen Hadley served as the 21st National Security Adviser to the President. He also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs. Mr. Hadley also served his country as an Officer in the United States Navy. He is currently a partner in the international consulting firm of Rice, Hadley and Gates.
- John Hannah is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, focusing on U.S. strategy. He served for eight years on the staff of Vice President Cheney, including as the vice president’s national security adviser.
- Michael Hayden served as the 20th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. After a 41-year career in the Air force, General Hayden retired from active service in 2008. He also served as the Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of National Intelligence. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group where he briefs clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity.
- Kenneth Juster is a Partner and Managing Director at the global investment firm Warburg Pincus. He has served in senior positions in the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
- Michael Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the Untied States. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. He is currently a partner at the international law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.
- Robert Natter is the former Commander, United States Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces. Admiral Natter served 36 years and has held multiple commands at sea and ashore including Commander U.S. Seventh Fleet and was Officer in Charge of a Naval Special Warfare detachment in Vietnam. He is currently president of R.J. Natter and Associates.
- John Negroponte served as the country’s 1st Director of National Intelligence. He served four different presidents as Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, The Philippines and Iraq. He also served as the 22nd Ambassador to the United Nations.
He is currently Vice Chairman at McClarty Associates global consulting firm.
- Roger Noriega was formerly Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. Ambassador Noriega also served as U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States.
- Meghan O’Sullivan is a former Deputy National Security Adviser. She is Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, and senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
- Pierre Prosper served as the 2nd United States Ambassador at Large for War Crimes. Ambassador Prosper was a prosecutor in Los Angles and worked on the Hardcore Gang Division. He later became Assistant U.S. Attorney where he investigated and prosecuted international drug cartels. Prosper is currently a partner at Arent Fox LLP, and is a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
- Otto Reich served in the Reagan administration as Ambassador to Venezuela. In 2003, he was appointed U.S. Special Envoy for the Western Hemisphere. Ambassador Reich also served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. He currently heads his own international consulting firm, Otto Reich Associates.
- Tom Ridge served as the 1st Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Ridge has had a distinguished career of government service serving in Congress for 12 years and as Governor of Pennsylvania. He also served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict.
- George Schultz served as the 60th Secretary of State appointed by President Reagan. Secretary Schultz distinguished service also includes Secretary of the Treasury, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Secretary of the Interior. He is also a Marine Corps Veteran serving his country during World War II. Secretary Schultz is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute.
- Kristen Silverberg was United States Ambassador to the European Union. Prior to that role, Ambassador Silverberg served as Assistant Secretary of State and as a special assistant to the White House Chief of Staff. She is currently on the advisory board for Washington, DC nonprofit America Abroad Media.
- Paul Wolfowitz is a former President of the World Bank, United States Ambassador to Indonesia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, and former Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
- Robert Zoellick is the former President of The World Bank, Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Trade Representative. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.