Washington, DC: Former US President George W. Bush has criticized the policies of his successor Barack Obama, saying he has made a “mess of relations” with Pakistan and is worried about America’s strategy on Afghanistan, a media report said.
Bush, who generally has a policy of not slamming Obama, thinks he has failed as president and made a mess of relations with Pakistan, a Republican official close to Bush was quoted as saying by the New York Daily News.
“He thinks the policy is adrift,” the official said. While worried about the present Afghanistan strategy, Bush supports the troop surge and more muscular drone strikes against terrorist targets, he said.
“I want my President to succeed because if my President succeeds my country succeeds, and I want my country to succeed,” Bush typically says when asked about Obama. He had earlier dubbed Republi-can leader Sarah Palin as “unqualified” to be the next head of state.
“Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man. He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin,” the Republican official was quoted as saying.
Following its takeover of the US House of Repre-sentatives in the mid-term elections, the Republi-can Party is assessing its chances at winning the 2012 presidential race, and political heavy weight Sarah Palin is being considered as a front-runner.
The former President is also set to launch his book Decision Points on November 9.