Jimmy Carter, the former US president, has called George Bush's presidency as "the worst in history" while also condemning Tony Blair, the out-going British prime minister, for his close support for Bush's policies.
Carter's comments made in a series of interviews with US and international media which appeared on Saturday.
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions.
"The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."
He also said that Bush has taken a "radical departure from all previous administration policies" with the Iraq war.
"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered."
In a separate interview the BBC, the British state broadcasting service, Carter also criticised Blair, the British prime minister.
Asked how he would judge Blair's support of Bush, the former president said: "Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient."
"And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world."
Carter was speaking to publicise his new audiobook series, Sunday Mornings in Plains, a collection of weekly Bible lessons from his Georgia hometown.
I expect the usual, "Carter was crap" statements from the GOP clones here , but is there anything in 'Bomber King' Carter's quoted remarks that is actually wrong?