President Barack Obama has a "tough choice" when deciding whether or not to launch a strike against Syria, former President George W. Bush said Friday.
"The president's got a tough choice to make. And if he decides to use our military, he'll have the greatest military ever backing him up," the former president said on "Fox & Friends."
"Putting our military in harm's way is the toughest decision the president will make," the 43rd president said.
Bush was selective when asked about his feelings about the current situation regarding Syria. President Obama has indicated he might order a missile strike against that country, following reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian citizens with chemical weapons last week.
"I was not a fan of Mr. Assad. He's an ally of Iran, and he's made mischief," Bush said.
After heart surgery earlier this month, Bush said he's feeling "pretty good" and that he's a "fortunate man."
Exhibiting no symptoms of heart trouble, a routine visit to the doctor revealed a blockage, requiring the insertion of a stent in his heart, Bush said.
"I had a stent placed into my artery, and I'm feeling pretty good. I wish I was a teen-ager, so I could be out on my mountain bike today. But, I'm slowly recovering," Bush said. "I'm a fortunate man, and I got great doctors at Cooper Clinic (Dallas, TX) and a great heart surgeon. Feeling pretty good."
"I thought I'd be healthy forever. Aging got me," he added.
The former president made the remarks while participating in the Patriot Golf Day tournament in Dallas. The organization raises money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, and has awarded nearly 5,500 scholarships for U.S. military spouses and children.
"I have a kinship with our vets. I respect our veterans and love our veterans. And when (event organizer Ret. USAF Maj. Dan Rooney) told me the size and extent of the program, it was to provide scholarships for over 5,500 kids, I said, 'I'm in.'"
The military makes America great, Bush said.
" We've got people who are willing to volunteer in the face of danger. I'm talking about millions of people who said, 'I want to serve.'
"Our country honors those. Sure, there's backlogs at the V.A. But, the interesting thing about our country is there's private-sector guys like Dan who have started groups that are aimed to help our vets. There is a strong outpouring of support for this," Bush said.
Supporting the military during war is an important role of the president, Bush said, pointing to Abraham Lincoln as an example.
"I think it's important for the commander in chief to let the troops know that he supports them wholeheartedly with training, equipment — and supports their families," Bush said.
"Lincoln would go to the battlefields, and he would see the privates and the sergeants, as well as, obviously, talk to the generals. It's that kind of commitment that is necessary for a commander in chief," he added.
The former president said he would be in Dallas when the anniversary of 9/11 takes place, and that he hoped the lessons of that event are not forgotten.
"My thoughts are that, as time pass, people forget the lessons of Sept. 11. And one of the key lessons is the human condition elsewhere matters to the security of the United States."
Bush also said he plans to "spoil" his 4-month-old grandchild, Mila, daughter of Jenna Bush Hager and husband, Henry.
"I will spoil Mila, and every other grandchild that comes along," Bush said.
"It is a joyous experience. Little Mila and I bonded a couple weeks ago, and I am smitten."
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