“In order to be an effective president…when you say something you have to mean it. You gotta kill em.” — George W. Bush. Powerful words from a man who understood what we are up against. This is clearly something President Obama just does not understand. President Bush said he wanted to try and avoid criticizing President Obama, but there is a line, and it has been crossed. Personally, I thought it was crossed long ago.
From Bloomberg View:
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?”
I think we all know the answer to that.
Bush was laying down some solid stuff:
“You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”
President 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.”
“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”
President Bush also talked about other things we don’t get to hear his opinion on much. He even joked that Putin was rich, divorced his wife and loves power. He says Putin is only popular in Russia because he controls the media.” Hell, I’d be popular, too, if I owned NBC news.”
Regarding his brother Jeb’s inevitable run for the presidency, Bush said he thinks he is a political liability for his brother and that America doesn’t like dynasties. There’s a lot of truth to the that. While I think history will be kinder to George Bush, it’s not good to have the same the same families in charge of this country. The same goes for Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama (in my nightmares)a someday.
Bush also commented on how important foreign policy will be. He believes the test for Republicans running will be who has got the “courage” to stand up to ISIS. He’s right. Currently, we have a Commander-in-Chief who thinks global warming and white privilege are bigger threats than ISIS.
And then the hammer:
Regarding Hillary Clinton, Bush said it will be crucial how she plays her relationship with the president. She will eventually have to choose between running on the Obama administration’s policies or running against them. If she defends them, she’s admitting failure, he said, but if she doesn’t she’s blaming the president.
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.