As President Obama grapples with how to respond to the violent civil conflict in Syria, there's at least one empathetic person out there who feels his pain. Former President George W. Bush said Friday that he understands that Obama faces a "the toughest decision a president has to make."

“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,” Bush told “Fox and Friends.”

“Putting our military in harms way is the toughest decision a president has to make,” said the man who presided over the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

When asked about his dealings with Syria during his eight years as commander and chief, Bush said he was “no fan” of the country’s long-standing ruler, President Bashar Assad.

“He’s an ally of Iran and he’s made mischief,” he said.

Bush declined to critique Obama’s handling of Syria, saying he “refuse[d] to be roped in” to commenting specifically on the Syrian situation.