White House Blasts George W. Bush After Former President Criticizes Obama Foreign Policy


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest hammered George W. Bush the facts about his failed presidency after Bush arrogantly criticized President Obama’s foreign policy.

Transcript via The White House:

Q One other quick topic. Former President George W. Bush has been quoted as having made a wide array of remarks about President Obama and his handling of foreign policy in an ostensibly private setting. First, does this administration regard that with those comments to a group of 700 people, former President Bush has effectively violated his own pledge and claim that he does not publicly criticize his successor?

MR. EARNEST: Well, the fact that I think that in his mind he did not consider this to be a public setting, it was an off-the-record setting, I don’t think that was his intent.

At the same time, he didn’t renounce his ability or his right to share his views on a range of issues, including foreign policy. As a former President of the United States he is somebody who has spent a lot of time thinking about these issues, and he certainly is entitled to share those views in public or in private with whomever he likes. At the same time, I don’t think it’s a surprise — I don’t think it was a surprise to anybody in that room, and I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody in this room that President Bush might have some differences with President Obama when it comes to foreign policy.

Q One of the things he is reported to have said, and I quote, is, “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they’re doing it on TV” — a reference to ISIS. And the apparent argument being that the current administration has allowed a group like ISIS to become the threat that it has, that it wasn’t a threat on the day George W. Bush left office. Your response?

MR. EARNEST: Well, I do think that we have made the case aggressively before, and I think it’s backed up by extensive evidence that there are links between al Qaeda in Iraq and ISIL. And the fact is al Qaeda was not in Iraq prior to President Bush’s decision to commit significant American military resources on the ground in that country. And that is a historical fact.

But again, the fact that President Bush has a different perspective and a different philosophy when it comes to foreign policy is just a well-known difference. In the minds of many people, it’s the principal reason that President Obama is sitting in the Oval Office right now.

Earnest was correct. George W. Bush’s failed foreign policy is one of the things that got President Obama elected. The other being the economy that George W. Bush pushed to the brink of depression.

It boggles the mind that Bush could make the argument that America was safer under his watch when he was in charge during the worst terrorist attack on domestic soil in the history of the country.

Democrats never say it out loud, but every time George W. Bush speaks, Hillary Clinton gets another step closer to being elected president. Besides having Bush’s brother as the Republican nominee, the best case scenario for Democrats would be a reappearance of George W. Bush.

The man who told America that catching Bin Laden was not something that he thought about wants you believe that the President, who did what he wouldn’t, is doing a bad job.

There would be no ISIS if Bush did not invade Iraq. George W. Bush destabilized an entire region of the world in order to fight a war of choice.

Without George W. Bush’s horrible foreign policy, President Obama might not be occupying the White House today.

43 Replies to “White House Blasts George W. Bush After Former President Criticizes Obama Foreign Policy”

  1. Bush upon taking office put Cheney in charge of national security. The idiot delegating to a more vile idiot. Cheney cut the CIA out of the national security loop, held many meetings without the CIA present and ignored their warnings prior to 9/11. You gotta work real hard to screw up as bad as Bush and he had a lot of help in Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et al.

  2. North Korea got nuclear weapons when Bush was in office even though Clinton had stop their program

    Rolling Blunder
    How the Bush administration let North Korea get nukes.

    Bush was responsible for ISIS

    The Iraq war. Do I have to say more?

    Abu Ghraib

    With the invasion of Iraq made IRAN the dominant power and Iraq a client state of Iran

    Even though we tried the Japanese for war crimes for waterboarding we did it

    I could go on but why should I when our own media fail to educate dumb ass Americans on the blunders of Bush.

    Just STFU

  3. By my being killed the Yankees further if they want to , what really interests me is to release my country Puerto Rico and we are not involved in their conflict.

    Democracy is a bitch Anglo-saxon thin, bony and without teeth.


  4. During the Bush administration, Osama Bin Laden escaped from Tora Bora.

    During the Obama administration, Bin Laden did not escape.

    Per Wikipedia:
    In 2009, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations under John Kerry’s chairmanship reviewed the failed attempt to capture or kill Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora and placed the blame with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks for not assembling enough U.S. troops to seal the mountainous area during the operation. After studying the matter, the Committee came to a conclusion that Osama bin Laden most likely was present at Tora Bora and his subsequent escape prolonged the war in Afghanistan.

  5. DJ, I Know the Blunders of Bush. So do Parents and Families of 4,500 fine sons and daughters that won’t come home know as well.

  6. It seems that Dubya is coming out of the workwork to begin campaigning for his brother, Jeb. The only problem is that the facts may well out weigh Dubya’s propaganda.

  7. Bush is a saudi sheik smoocher ;holding hands with and kissing sheiks was inessence the bottom line of the Bush foreign policy. Israel never dug him .

  8. A great post!

    Let’s not forget the innocent Iraqis caught in the fire of George’s invasion of their country.

    I heard that George is not welcome anywhere in the world. In fact, when he planned to visit Canada, he was told that if he would be arrested upon entry.

  9. Bottom Line: If Bush and Cheney had not invaded Iraq, there wouldn’t BE an ISIS or ISIL or whatever the hell they call themselves this week.

  10. The comments that have been made about President Obama because he has treated foreign leaders with respect have shown just how insane the RW’ers can be when it comes to him. However, they overlooked all of Dubya’s dealings with Saudis and also with the bin Laden family.

    Imagine if 9/11 happened on PBO’s watch and he let the family members of the suspected mastermind of the disaster leave the country despite grounding all other flights?! They’d be hanging him for treason without a trial! We heard some grumbling in the media regarding Bush’s behavior but in comparison to what they say about PBO, it’s nothing comparable. They were more upset with President Obama when he dared to wear a tan suit than they were with Bush allowing the bin Laden family to fly out of the U.S. after 9/11. RW Hypocrisy, it’s always present!

  11. Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years
    “Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments.”—Roger Morris, author of Richard Milhous Nixon and Partners in Power
    How did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, and—perhaps most important—have those forces really been vanquished by Obama’s election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers in Family of Secrets, a compelling and startling new take on the Bush dynasty and the shadowy elite that has quietly steered the American republic for the past half century and more. Baker shows how this network of figures in intelligence, the military, oil, and finance enabled—and in turn benefited handsomely from—the Bushes’ perch at the highest levels of government. As Baker reveals, this deeply entrenched elite remains in power regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.
    Family of Secrets offers countless disclosures that challenge the conventional accounts of such central events as the JFK assassination and Watergate. It includes an inside account of George W.’s cynical religious conversion and the untold real background to the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. Baker’s narrative is gripping, sobering, and deeply sourced. It will change the way we understand not just the Bush years, but a half century of postwar history—and the present.

  12. Jail Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Libby, and all the war criminals and show the world we can do the right thing. How in the world can we expect President Obama to clean up all these peoples’ messes/crimes? Im tired of making him try. Give Obama the Daily Show gig – a great platform to call it like it is.

  13. The Parents may know well the blunders of the Shrub administration but, has it changed the way they vote? That is the question. The red States are sill red…very red.

  14. A well deserved place in History Howard. But the rethugs are trying their very best to rewrite this time in History. 100 years from now I wonder, where will he finally be placed? Where he deserves to be, or in a place of honor?

  15. DJ, We all know that there is not one, single Republican that can refute what the WH spokesperson said about George W. Bush with any kind of provable facts. So the moral of this story is We Want No More Bushes in Any Kind of Political Power Anywhere, Ever Again! They have already damaged our country almost beyond repair!

  16. 100% agree. Which is why this remark by Josh Earnest is so powerful:

    But again, the fact that President Bush has a different perspective and a different philosophy when it comes to foreign policy is just a well-known difference. In the minds of many people, it’s the principal reason that President Obama is sitting in the Oval Office right now.

    For some people, this might not be such a powerful remark, but for career-politicians always looking for job stability in a well-paid government job, this hits home.

  17. With Shep Smith at Fox reporting about an ex-Senator, I am just guessing he was a Republican, said he had documents that Bush’s extended Saudi family was behind 9/11. This would be a good time for Bush to commit Hari-Kari if this story gets legs, and it came from Fox news.

  18. To quote your last remarks: that ‘There would be no ISIS if Bush did not invade Iraq. George W. Bush destabilized an entire region of the world in order to fight a war of choice.’

    Where on God’s green earth have you been, hiding under a rock?? The middle east has not been stable since God himself directed the Jewish Tribes out of Egypt and into Israel…so if Bush ‘destabilized an entire region of the world…’ you must think Hitler was a Saint…

    Please find a new career…this one is sinking…


  19. What this country needs s a good leader. Bush and Obama do not qualify. The last good president was Bill Clinton. If Hillary wins the whit house I hope she is half the leader her husband was. I don’t listen to anything bush says because of the Iraq was. Saddam Husain knew how to keep those radicals in line. Things would have been better if we just left things alone.

  20. Keep telling yourself that yokelberry. I provided you links and charts showing the accomplishments of this President and you just refuse to hear it. That makes you an idiot

  21. Correction! Osama bin Laden was allowed to escape Tora Bora. I heard that from a journalist on Fox “News” Channel on Greta Susteren’s show say it – and he witnessed it. She quickly cut him off and I can’t find a transcript of the exchange anywhere on the Intertubes. But reports about Tora Bora show an unprecedented blundering by U.S. forces and intelligence that defy belief.

    According to this journalist, U.S. Marines were standing around the Muslim leaders at Tora Bora when bin Laden walked in and calmly sat down. U.S. Marines were told to “stand down” and not intervene.

    The whole premise that Bush wanted to get bin Laden was nothing more than a selling point to get the U.S. citizenry behind war in the M.E.

    Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, and Bush’s bloated-chest public speeches were all part of the strategy to create and continue to anger, incentivize the creation of new “terrorists” so that we’d have no shortage of outraged Middle Eastern people to maintain perpetual war.

  22. Not to mention the fact that 911 was an inside job, perpetrated by the very Black Budget MICO that Bush and Cheney hold up as the solution to every foreign policy issue.


  24. gw bush is a war criminal iwish obama would set up a special prosecutor and investigate bush and cheney for theft of s tax payers funds and throw the book at him for war crime the arrogance’s hasn t left this dead beat president he is a crooked pos and needs a war crimes trial at the hague his brother jebthro is a conspirator also. he is a murdering thieving pos ,. he led the conspiracy to get him elected and al gore was screwed out of his pre

  25. I would agree 100% if it wasn’t for St. Ronnie and the Central America genocide of the 1980’s. In the final analysis, St. Ronnie and Ollie North’s Cocaine connection are responsible for what is going on with the Children’s March and the Drug Cartel violence in Mexico. Ask people in the Lower Rio Grande Valley about the Children’s March and what is happening there. The war on drugs is a failure. The US demand is too great. There is money to be made. Greed is good.

  26. Thank you so much for the link.
    I just ordered it on Amazon. I don’t think I’ll be too shocked about anything regarding the Bushs’.
    Gee, I hope the author mentions the White House “slumber parties”. That’s always an entertaining story. Thank you for your comments, always thoughtful.

  27. It appears to me that most postings on this site think they have the inside track on what has been happening in our country in the last few decades. Unfortunately, Monday morning quarterbacking is easy. Eventually,the truth always comes out. A greater power is in charge on this planet and it is a power that even though you deny its existence does not change the fact that it exists. The day will come when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess….

  28. HAHA, Great one, Rick…may I share that??? Bush and his cronies really wrecked this country. Why do so many RWNJs still think this asshat was a GREAT president?? And how dare he say anything negative about President Obama’s foreign policies!

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