Colin Powell, former President George W. Bush‘s Secretary of State, says Bush’s Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is full of crap when it comes to charges that the country is less safe with Barack Obama in the White House.
“To suggest that somehow we have become much less safer because of the actions of the administration, I don’t think that’s borne out by the facts,” Powell told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
Obama, Powell said, kept most of Bush’s anti-terror programs.
“The Transportation Security Administration created by George Bush is still in action working in our airports,” Powell said to “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. “They take care of me every day that I go to an airport.”
Powell said the Director of National Intelligence remains a powerful office in the Obama administration, just as it was when created by Bush.
“It is still under President Obama, working hard, Our counterterrorism authorities and forces are hard at work,” said.
“Our law enforcement officials are hard at work. We have gone after the enemy in Afghanistan with 50,000 more troops, more predators are striking al-Qaida and Taliban leaders in Pakistan. We have continued the policies that President Bush put in place with respect to Iraq. And so I don’t know where the claim comes that we are less safe.”
Cheney, a vocal critic of Obama, claims the country is “less safe” under the new administration and predicts future terror attacks are “imminent.”
- Powell backs Obama on national security record (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Powell Dismisses Cheney’s Claim That Obama Made U.S. Less Safe: ‘I Don’t Think That’s Borne Out By The Facts’ (thinkprogress.org)