At a private meeting with Jewish donors George W. Bush tore President Obama a new orifice over his Middle East policies.
In a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors on 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.
I guess it’s about time somebody did. The silence from the Republican establishment is underwhelming.
The Congress has sat by and watched as Obama and John Kerry gave Iran the key to a nuke and released sanctions so they could fund terrorism.
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.
And on and on and on.
I guess I’m glad that W is speaking out, but honestly so what? He refuses to take on Obama in public and I’d rate that a good thing. Former Presidents should retire and build houses. Or chase little girls in the case of Bill Clinton. It’s the Congress and the Party Leadership that should be taking on Obama but they won’t.
This is something like the bill Republicans sent to Obama to eliminate ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood. After they already funded both of them.
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