FORMER PRESIDENT George W. Bush signs the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 in Washington.
(photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)
Former US President George W. Bush said on Sunday that Islamic State "thugs" and other insurgents can indeed be "degraded and defeated".
"I think what people have got to realize is this bunch of thugs can be defeated. Because we did so with the surge.... And we can win again," Bush told Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity in Dallas, Texas, during an interview broadcast on Monday.
"And so you've heard both presidents after my time say we're going to degrade and defeat ISIS. And I say 'go get them' because they can be degraded and defeated," said Bush, whose presidency was shaped by the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on America.
The interview was among several that the former president has been giving in recent days to mark the release of his book of portraits of wounded veterans.