On Wednesday, the former US President George W. Bush issued a warning against an “isolationist tendency” in the United States that he termed as dangerous to national security. His remarks came at such a time when the current president his facing several questions concerning its commitment to the international partnerships of the country, reports CNN.
The 43rd US president George Bush was speaking in Simi Valley, California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library where he went to promote his new book entitled, “Portraits of the Courage,” a volume of his paintings of military veterans.
These remarks from Bush just came at a time when the Europeans are uneasy that the current president Donald Trump may promote policies that are isolationist related.
In the previous month, the US Vice President Mike Pence made assurance to the allies in Europe about the United States commitment to NATO and on how willing the country is in maintaining its ties globally.
George W. Bush – ‘Not Criticizing WH success
“Truly, it was not my intention to criticize my successors at the white house, I am just optimistic about the future. I do not want to worsen the current president’s work,” said Bush.
However, George Bush also mentioned the Iraq war. In his statement, he gave a warning that there must be a lesson “when the United State make a decision not to take the lead and withdraw,” an apparent critic of President Barack Obama- the former US president.
“When the US recedes, vacuums can be created. And the created vacuum is generally filled with the individuals who are not willing to share at all the ideology, the same sense of human rights including human dignity and the freedom that we do,” added president Bush.
Bush also echoed his remarks that he had made previously this week when he said that it was not his intention to criticize the current president, Donald Trump. He also argued that free press is one of the essential tools as far as democracy is concerned. The press has been termed as “the enemy of the people” by president Trump.
At the library, President Bush said that there is a need for independent press in the nation, though it needs to be accurate.