Former President George W. Bush unloaded a barrage of criticisms on President Obama during a private meeting with Jewish donors on Saturday, The New York Times reports.
At the meeting in Las Vegas, which was off the record and had a “no notes” rule, Bush levied criticisms of the current president.
Opining that President Obama didn’t develop a strategy to deal with ISIS, attendees noted that Bush said what he thinks should have been done:
“You call in the military and say, ‘Here’s my goal. What’s your plan to help me achieve that goal?”
President Barack Obama better recognize he lives in that proverbial glass house. It is shameful what happened today.
The White House twitter account tweeted out a cartoon of a bomb making fun of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו that was pretty juvenile and obnoxious to do to an ally especially on such an important issue as nuclear weapons. Making fun of PM Netanyahu about nuclear weapons? Horrible.
Many U.S. Jewish leaders are unnerved both by the new Iran nuclear agreement and the public falling out between President Barack Obama and his Israeli counterpart, developments that are creating a rift in the durable alliance between Jews and the Democratic Party in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
Worried that Iran might still develop a nuclear weapon despite the accord announced Thursday, the Jewish leaders say they feel torn between an Obama administration that has pressed hard for a deal and an Israeli government that has repeatedly warned that Iran is a grave threat to the Jewish state and can’t be trusted to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are to be congratulated for their perseverance in pursuing an international pact on the subject of Iran and its pursuit of nuclear capabilities. It was not an easy feat and they deserve credit for pushing the government in Tehran and the other global powers to stay at the thing until they achieved an agreement.
Whether it is worth all the effort expended is another matter entirely. Iran has not yet proven it is willing to re-enter the global community of civilized nations. An agreement, after all, is just a piece of paper that guarantees nothing. Now that a deal is done, the West, and the United States in particular, must be even more vigilant and must watch carefully to see that the mullahs hold up their end of the bargain.
September 2, 2014 Wow. That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as “JV” proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shrugged.
“The truth of the matter is that the world has always been messy,” the president told Democratic donors between meetings of his national security team and rounds of golf. “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.”