George W. Bush criticized President Barack Obama on foreign policy this 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.
“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 of 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 of 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 ISIS “al Qaeda’s second act.”