Since leaving the White House in January of 2009, former President George W. Bush has continued the tradition followed by most outgoing chief executives and refrained from publicly criticizing his successor.
Notable exceptions to the rule have been marked by outspoken criticism from Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, who both have been quoted numerous times in their public opposition to the policies of sitting presidents.
This weekend in a closed-door meeting in Las Vegas, Bush crossed the threshold of silence. While meeting with Republican Jewish Coalition, Bush roundly criticized the administration on the nuclear deal with Iran calling it ‘naive,’ the Bloomberg View reports.
Wondering aloud whether the Iranian regime can really be trusted, Bush challenged, “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”