Former President George W. Bush said on Friday that President Barack Obama has a “tough choice” to make in determining a U.S. response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.
“The president’s got a tough choice to make,” Bush told “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade. “And if he decides to use our military, he’ll have the greatest military ever backing him up.”
“I’m not a fan of Mr. Assad,” he added. “He’s an ally of Iran, and he’s made mischief.”
When pressed about Congress’ and the United Nation’s reluctance to proceed with military action, Bush remained tight-lipped with his take.
“The president has to make a tough call, Brian,” Bush laughed. “I know you’re trying to subtly rope me into the issues of the day. I refuse to be roped in. Putting our military in harm’s way is the toughest decision a president will make.”
Bush’s former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a hawk on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said this week that he believes the Obama administration has failed to justify military intervention in Syria.
Watch the interview segment below:
This post has been updated.