Two of former President George W. Bush‘s top intelligence officials say President Barack Obama is far worse than either Bush or former Vice President Dick Cheney when it comes to the so-called “war on terror.”
Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, former National Intelligence Director ad retired Vice Admiral Michael McConnell told host Candy Crowley that he admired the Obama White House for being even more aggressive than Bush or Cheney when it came to terrorism issues.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama attacked Bush over what he then called over-aggressive attacks on anti-terrorism issues. Since the election, some critics say he has become worse than Bush when it comes to the “war on terror.”
“He’s no better than Bush,” one long-time Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue. “In many ways he’s worse than even Cheney.”
“You commend them for that?” Crowley asked.
“I do commend them for that,” McConnell replied, the web site Politico reported.
“When one is in office, it’s, as the admiral has suggested, when one is in office, that responsibility weighs pretty heavily. And so we’ve seen a powerful consistency between two administrations trying to deal with this problem,” Hayden said. “Actually, I’ve seen it over two administrations, and I thank god every day for the continuity.”
“Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you come from or what your political views might be, these threats are very real and very serious. And we have to — have to deal with them in a very serious way,” McConnell added.
–-This article includes information from Josh Gerstein at Politico.