Everybody is talking about how after over 6 years former POTUS George W. Bush has broken the polite silence former presidents usually practice toward sitting presidents. Given Bush’s 8 years of attacks from the likes of Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter I’d say he’s done rather well.
However, over the weekend Bush spoke out about the failed foreign policies of the Obama administration in the collapsing Middle East and the growth of ISIS…
(Bloomberg) – In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.
One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.
According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”
Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”
Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.
Bush said he views the rise of the Islamic State as al-Qaeda’s “second act” and that they may have changed the name but that murdering innocents is still the favored tactic. He defended his own administration’s handling of terrorism, noting that the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was captured on his watch: “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they’re doing it on TV.”
Obama promised to degrade and destroy Islamic State’s forces but then didn’t develop a strategy to complete the mission, Bush said. He said that if you have a military goal and you mean it, “you call in your military and say ‘What’s your plan?’ ” He indirectly touted his own decision to surge troops to Iraq in 2007, by saying, “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.”
“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”
Pres. Bush also commented on Russian Pres. Putin, and Hillary Clinton’s and his brother Jeb Bush’s 2016 run for the Oval Office.
However, Bloomberg writer Josh Rogin is apparently an huge Barack Obama and administration apologist as he finished-off his report with this BS…
For George W. Bush, the remarks in Vegas showed he has little respect for how the current president is running the world. He also revealed that he takes little responsibility for the policies that he put in place that contributed to the current state of affairs.
Yet, as these last 2 years of 8 years of Barack Obama wind down (thankfully), and he has not only dropped the ball in the Middle East but handed it to ISIS and now sits on their sidelines, it is quite obvious this current state of affairs in the Muslim world is the Obama administration’s responsibility … That is, unless you are an Obama sycophant and apologist, like Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin, who doesn’t believe these last 6+ years Barack Obama and Co. have had THEIR hands on the wheel.
So, we cannot say Pres. Bush had to deal with the prior eight years of Bill Clinton’s failures to address terror attacks against the United States, and to get Osama Bin Laden on multiple occasions that led to September 11, 2001 and George W. Bush finally dealing with the growth of organized terror groups. However, Rogin can pin Obama’s/H.Clinton’s/Jarrett’s/Kerry’s over six years of failed foreign policy in the Muslim world on Bush.
How convenient, Josh.