Liveblogging World War II: May 15, 1945: Harry S. Truman Press Conference

Live from the Roasterie: Quite an extraordinary piece of rhetoric from a Bush-scion Chickenhawk who thought back in 1971 that he might have a Jeb considered filing for conscientious-objector status to avoid the war, according to Barbara Bush. She said in an interview with United Press International in 1984 that her husband told Jeb, 'Whatever you decide... I will back you 100 percent.' Jeb eventually decided to submit to the draft, she said.">conscientious objection to military service:

Brian Buetler: "After facing the most predictable question of the election cycle...

...Jeb Bush spent two days stepping on rakes before before finally landing on an answer that probably made George W. himself proud.

If we’re going to get into hypotheticals I think it does a disservice for a lot of people that sacrificed a lot. Going back in time and talking about hypotheticals—what would have happened, what could have happened—I think, does a disservice for them. What we ought to be focusing on is what are the lessons learned.

This premise—that to even engage an awkward subject would in itself dishonor the troops—is vintage George W. Bush, and would be clever enough to help Jeb evade further inquiries about the war if Jeb were already the president. Instead, he’s one lonely candidate in a field of Republicans who have already grappled with the question more forthrightly, and won’t let him get away with being mealymouthed...