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Make Way for Jeb

This CNN story on the former Florida Governor’s plans for a big foreign policy speech includes everything but “I am running for President.” See for yourself:

On Wednesday, he’ll deliver his first foreign policy speech since signaling his serious interest in running for president next year, laying out “how America can regain its leadership in the world,” according to advanced excerpts of the speech.

The remarks come as the United States is again being drawn back into the Middle East, including Iraq, to combat the brutality of the Islamic State. The speech will offer Bush a chance to show whether his national security views align more with the swaggering interventionism of his brother or the cautious internationalism of his father.

Democrats are vowing to tether him to the controversial decisions of his brother, President George W. Bush, who they blame for starting a war in Iraq on false pretenses and for presiding over a disastrous occupation that cost trillions of dollars, thousands of U.S. and Iraqi lives and destabilized the region.

The challenges of addressing his family’s foreign policy legacy are clear to Bush, who is already trying to defuse them.

“I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make,” Bush will say according to excerpts of his speech. “But I am my own man — and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.”

The question he’s going to have a very difficult time answering is, Why does the country need yet another Bush?