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In rare public comments about his successor, George W. Bush slammed President Obama’s foreign policy in a speech over the weekend.
The former president, addressing a meeting of Jewish Republican donors at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas Saturday night, railed against Obama’s decision to ease sanctions on Iran, scoffed at his handling of ISIS and mocked his perceived indecisiveness, Bloomberg Newsreported.
“You think the Middle East is chaotic now?” Bush said while discussing a possible nuclear deal with Iran. “Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”
Bush, who launched an invasion against Iraq in 2003, said the United States is in “retreat” around the globe and not taking enough action against Islamic terrorists.
“Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo,” Bush said about slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. “Now [ISIS is] doing it on TV.”
Although the meeting was private, a member of the group, the Republican Jewish Coalition, transcribed Bush’s remarks.
In the speech, Bush portrayed himself as a strong, decisive leader next to the dawdling Obama.
“When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed,” Bush said.
“In order to be an effective president . . . when you say something, you have to mean it. You gotta kill ’em.”
He also called the ISIS “al Qaeda’s second act.”
On a lighter note, Bush told an anecdote about Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting the former first dog and saying the Russian version was “bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.”
Noting Putin’s high approval rating at home, Bush joked, “Hell, I’d be popular, too, if I owned NBC News.”