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George W. Bush: ‘Not Gonna Second-Guess’ Obama on Iraq—But We Should’ve Left Troops

Former President George W. Bush said he would not “second-guess” President Obama’s policies surrounding the fight against terrorism in Iraq — but also said he agrees with the notion that the United States should’ve maintained a residual force in the country past 2011.

Bush spoke on Thursday with Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade about the Middle Eastern nation’s rapid descent into chaos and violence. The Fox host pointed to a recent statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey that the military recommended American troops remain in Iraq as a stabilizer back in 2011, a move the Obama administration opposed. “Did you feel the same way?” he asked the former president.

“I did, yeah,” Bush said. “I’m not gonna second-guess our president. I understand how tough the job is. And to have a former president bloviating and second-guessing, I don’t think is good for the presidency or the country.”

“But I agreed with General Dempsey’s assessment,” he concluded.

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