President Obama embraces former President George W. Bush after he spoke at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. Bush told Fox News on Friday that Obama has a tough choice to make on Syria.(Photo: Charles Dharapak AP)
Former President George W. Bush weighed in tentatively on the situation in Syria on Friday, offering that President Obama "has to make a tough call" on whether to order a military strike against Bashar Assad's regime.
Bush, who made his comments during an appearance on the Fox News Channel where he also discussed his recovery from a recent heart surgery as well as his charitable works, had his own frustrations with Assad, during the eight years of his presidency.
Bush and his aides expressed frustration that Assad tacitly supported the flow of Al Qaeda fighters and arms into Iraq during the height of the anti-American insurgency there.
"I was not a fan of Mr. Assad," Bush said. "He's an ally of Iran and he's made mischief."
Unlike Bush's former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who referred earlier this week to Obama's Syria strategy as "mindless", Bush declined to dive deep into the debate on how Obama should respond to U.S. intelligence reports that show Assad's regime was behind a massive chemical attack again.
"I refuse to be roped in," Bush said.