George Bush Calls Obama ‘Naïve’ In Foreign Policy, Says President Puts US In ‘Retreat Around The World’

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Father and son, and former U.S. Presidents, George H.W. Bush (L) and George W. Bush
IN PHOTO: Father and son, and former U.S. Presidents, George H.W. Bush (L) and George W. Bush, shake hands at the dedication for the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Former United States leader George W. Bush rebuked incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama on foreign policy especially in dealing with Iran, the failing war against the Islamic State and pending nuclear deal on Saturday. In a closed-door dinner meeting with Republican Jewish Coalition donors at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Bush told the attendees Obama is putting the U.S. in “retreat” around the world.

According to Obama’s predecessor, infiltrating the political arena for another time was not on his list. Obama had miscalculations on reading Iran’s intention while loosening up U.S.’ sanctions on Tehran too easily. He added that its new leader, President Hassan Rouhani, is someone who is “smooth.”

Bush said one has got to ask oneself: Was the spokesman changed or a new policy has been implemented? Particularly, the former U.S. leader slammed Obama’s move to relax sanctions on Iran with the assurance that the U.S. could fly back any time, describing it as inconceivable. Bush added the decision would not favour America’s national security in the long run.

“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 remarked.

Strategic Blunder

When Obama decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq at the closing of 2011, Bush echoed what Senator Lindsey Graham said – “a strategic blunder.” Bush elaborated that while he signed an agreement with Iraq to pull out the U.S. troops, the rationale was to negotiate a new agreement to have the forces remain beyond 2011. Although Obama made an attempt, it eventually failed.

As to the Islamic State, Bush deemed the group to be another al-Qaeda such that, although it may have a different name, it has a similar nature of activities specifically on murdering the innocent. Bush was known to be a strong and assertive leader.

He advised that for one to be an efficient leader, he or she should substantiate his or her statement. This means that Obama’s promise to annihilate Islamic State’s forces in Syria and Iraq should be to “kill them.” But Obama fell short of devising a strategy that would successfully achieve the goal.

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