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George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

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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?”

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “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 then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

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.”

Obama promised to degrade and destroy Islamic State’s forces but then didn’t develop a strategy to complete the mission, Bush said. He said that if you have a military goal and you mean it, “you call in your military and say ‘What’s your plan?’ ” He indirectly touted his own decision to surge troops to Iraq in 2007, by saying, “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.”

“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

Bush told several anecdotes about his old friend and rival Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bush recalled that Putin met his dog Barney at the White House and then later, when Bush went to Moscow, Putin showed him his dog and remarked that he was “bigger stronger and faster than Barney.” For Bush, that behavior showed him that Putin didn’t think in “win-win” terms.

Bush also remarked that Putin was rich, divorced his wife and loves power. Putin’s domestic popularity comes from his control of Russian media, according to Bush. “Hell, I’d be popular, too, if I owned NBC news,” he said.

Regarding his brother Jeb’s potential run for the presidency, Bush acknowledged that he was a political liability for Jeb, that the Bush name can be used against him, and that American’s don’t like dynasties. He also said that foreign policy is going to be especially important in the presidential campaign and that the test for Republicans running will be who has got the “courage” to resist isolationist tendencies.

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.

George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

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<p>Hold the applause.</p>  Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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?”

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “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 then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

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.”

Obama promised to degrade and destroy Islamic State’s forces but then didn’t develop a strategy to complete the mission, Bush said. He said that if you have a military goal and you mean it, “you call in your military and say ‘What’s your plan?’ ” He indirectly touted his own decision to surge troops to Iraq in 2007, by saying, “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.”

“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

Bush told several anecdotes about his old friend and rival Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bush recalled that Putin met his dog Barney at the White House and then later, when Bush went to Moscow, Putin showed him his dog and remarked that he was “bigger stronger and faster than Barney.” For Bush, that behavior showed him that Putin didn’t think in “win-win” terms.

Bush also remarked that Putin was rich, divorced his wife and loves power. Putin’s domestic popularity comes from his control of Russian media, according to Bush. “Hell, I’d be popular, too, if I owned NBC news,” he said.

Regarding his brother Jeb’s potential run for the presidency, Bush acknowledged that he was a political liability for Jeb, that the Bush name can be used against him, and that American’s don’t like dynasties. He also said that foreign policy is going to be especially important in the presidential campaign and that the test for Republicans running will be who has got the “courage” to resist isolationist tendencies.

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.

President George W. Bush Plays Santa at Children’s Hospital in Dallas

President George W. Bush Plays Santa at Children’s Hospital in Dallas

Shayde and Emily Hearts / Facebook
Shayde and Emily Hearts

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Former President George W. Bush dressed in a Santa suit to visit a Dallas children’s hospital and hand out toys to patients who have to spend Christmas in the hospital, the Daily Mail reports.

One family, who lost one of their twin daughters to a heart disease, posted pictures on Facebook.

‘Guess who just came and gave Emily a Christmas present dressed in a Santa suit with Secret Service and all?!?!?………. Pres. George Bush,’ mom Natalie Smith posted to Facebook on December 16.

Her daughter, Shayde, died in January.

Her surviving daughter, Emily, has undergone a heart replacement, but is constantly in and out of the hospital as her body rejects the organ.

Bush’s secret service dressed as elves.

President Bush Embarrassed Obama on Iraq (video)

President Bush Embarrassed Obama on Iraq (video)

George Bush
George Bush

Former President George W. Bush appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends this morning and managed to once again embarrass President Obama regarding his handling of the Islamic State terrorist group and the early withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Speaking to host Brian Kilmeade, the former President reacted to the recent decision by Obama to launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria to stop the advances of the terrorist organization while Bush reminded America and the world that the “lesson” from 9/11 is still as important now as it was the day after.

Seven years ago, the former President gave a dire warning that should we leave Iraq too soon it would fall into chaos and be taken over by radicals, a prediction that has since come true. When asked about it by Kilmeade, President Bush had a short but to the point explanation.

“I know the nature of the enemy,” he said. “Anybody who kills 3,000 innocents and beheads people because of their religion or because of their point of view is dangerous.”

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Bush disregarded the idea that the Iraqi people failed to seize the chance to build a new country, and he said that military intervention shows that the people of Iraq still need help. Without actually saying it, President Bush gave the “impatient” Obama administration an “I told you so” regarding the entire situation, stating that he agreed with General Dempsey’s assessment that a residual force should have been left in the country for security.

However, staying classy, Bush said that he wouldn’t “second guess” our current President because he understands “how tough the job is.”

Check out the full interview below via Fox News, then let us know what you think:

Bush’s 2007 Prediction About Leaving Iraq Was Dead On

Bush’s 2007 Prediction About Leaving Iraq Was Dead On

George Bush
George Bush

GW continues to get bashed by Obama and his administration for the economy, unemployment, the border, and all sorts of bad issues Obama can’t or won’t fix.

As time goes on, it appears he has been right on just about every issues…included the US leaving Iraq.  See his 2007 prediction on what would happen if the US pulled out of Iraq too early.

Charlie Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge Puts Obama’s to SHAME with ‘Rain’

Charlie Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge Puts Obama’s to SHAME with ‘Rain’

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen

The latest social media craze to sweep the nation has been the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research and awareness, and actor Charlie Sheen decided he was going to join in the fun. But Sheen took it to a new level and did something far more inspiring than dumping a bucket of ice water on his head.

Sheen starts out with the intro, then plays it off as if the silver pot in his hands is full of ice cold water. Just when you think the often off-the-wall actor is about to drench himself in ice cold water, cash comes raining down from his bucket.

Sheen then looks at the cash and makes the unexpected announcement that “that’s not ice, that’s $10,000 in cash,” which he will be donating to the ALS Foundation.

“Let’s face it,” Sheen says. “Ice is gonna melt, but this money is actually gonna help people.”

Sheen then calls out former costar from the show “Two and a Half Men,” Jon Cryer, the creator of the show, Chuck Lorre and Ashton Kutcher, who replaced Sheen on the show to make the same $10,000 donation rather than pour water over their heads.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has helped to raise over $13 million for ALS research and awareness since it recently became popular. Sheen’s donation is extremely generous and sets an entirely new bar for celebrities who wish to join, while greatly contrasting another high-profile person’s contribution to the cause, President Obama.

After being nominated for the challenge by Ethel Kennedy, Obama decided he wasn’t going to be a good sport and do the challenge but would instead make a cash donation like Sheen did. However, it would appear as even a drug addict has better sense than the President, since Obama could only seem to muster up a measly $100 to give to the cause.

After taking single vacations costing millions of dollars on the taxpayer’s dime, one would think that Obama could at least donate more than the cost of a round of golf to such a worthy cause. He’s since been called out by several other celebrities as well, but it’s unlikely it’s going to change anything.

President George Bush also accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge and also selected a friend to do the same:

Kudos to Charlie Sheen for showing us how to be selfless, perhaps our President should take the cue.

Nancy Pelosi (Has No Shame) blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs Scandal

And this is why it is hard to take the President seriously.  Real Media

BY JOEL GEHRKE  

Published by the Washington Examiner


Nancy Pelosi CartoonHouse Minority Leader 
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.

Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. “He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans,” she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. “And so, I know that he is upset about it.”

The Democratic leader never mentioned Bush by name, but she alluded to him early and often in the press briefing.

“Maybe when we go into war, we should be thinking about its consequences and its ramifications,” Pelosi said while discussing the scandal. “You would think that would be a given, but maybe it wasn’t. And so, we go in a war in Afghanistan, leave Afghanistan for Iraq with unfinished business in Afghanistan. Ten years later, we have all of these additional veterans. In the past five years, two million more veterans needing benefits from the VA. That’s a huge, huge increase.”

She suggested that Obamacare might hold the key to solving the problem. “We have the Affordable Care Act that is out there that is providing resources for more federally-qualified health clinics around the country,” Pelosi said. “Maybe we should take a look at how we deal with our veterans’ needs in a way that says let’s help them closer to home, whether that’s a federally qualified health clinic or in some other institution that provides health care closer to home. [It’ especially important for our veterans who live in rural areas.”

Issa Rips CIA over Spying Allegations: ‘TREASON’

Congressman Darrell Issa

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is incensed about allegations the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling it “treason.”

“I think Senator Feinstein is as outraged as anyone and I share her outrage. I think the violation of the Constitutional separation of powers should be an offense of the highest level—virtually treason,” Issa told Breitbart News on Tuesday.

“Spying on the executive branch—spying on Congress or violating the separation of powers as to the Supreme Court or as to Congress is effectively treason. Treason—it’s written up in the Constitution,” Issa said of Feinstein’s revelations, adding, “I don’t know who gave the orders, but to spy on other branches is in fact a constitutional violation at the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and certainly should cause the removal of anyone involved.”  (Breitbart)

Despite vows of help, White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe

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The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege.

In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found.

Source: McClatchy DC news          Contributor: Joseph St. John
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