As a rule, all policy proposals should be evaluated on the merits. It's not enough to simply say, "It must be a good idea if so-and-so thinks it's a bad idea" -- such a tack is intellectually lazy, unserious, and best avoided.
Former President George W. Bush said the United States must show that it can follow through on its promises, and argued against the lifting of sanctions against Iran during rare remarks about foreign policy in a meeting with hundreds of Jewish donors [in Las Vegas] Saturday night.
Mr. Bush told the 700 donors attending a closed-door Republican Jewish Coalition spring meeting that he would not criticize President Obama, whose aim to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State he applauded. But the former president nevertheless offered comments that many in the audience viewed as a tacit critique of his successor.
As best as I can tell, there is no video or transcript available of the former president's remarks, so we're relying on attendees' accounts of what Bush said. Word-for-word quotes should probably be taken with a grain of salt.
With that caveat in mind, the Republican reportedly said the international framework on Iran's nuclear policy would be a bad long-term proposition: "You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That's how Americans should view the deal."
Left unsaid: if there's one person who knows all about Middle East chaos, it's George W. Bush.