ALSO SAYS U.S. SHOULD CUT OFF PETROLEUM TO IRAN
Sen. Kit Bond said President Obama should thank former President Bush for pursuing the controversial surge strategy that helped lead to relative stability in Iraq.
Bond made his comments after a ribbon-cutting event for a new community health center in Springfield Thursday.
"He congratulated the troops, I join him on that. He should've said thank you, President Bush," Bond said.
Earlier this week, Iraq's government took over control of cities and towns from American troops. The transition was part of the status forces agreement that was hammered out last year.
On Iran, Bond said the U.S. should attempt to cut off refined petroleum exports to the country. "That will cause a change in the regime's attitude, or a regime change, because they're short of refined petroleum."
Also hopes Obama has "given up on talks" with embattled Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad