While Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent conservatives have faulted President Barack Obama for slacking in the war on terror, two top Bush administration intelligence officials are arguing that the White House has been just as tough - if not tougher.
"The new administration has been as aggressive, if not more aggressive, in pursing these issues because they're real," former National Intelligence Director and retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael McConnell said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
"You commend them for that?" host Candy Crowley asked.
"I do commend them for that," McConnell said.
Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden, a retired Air Force general, also argued that Obama's approach has been, by and large, the same -- regardless of campaign rhetoric.
"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.Politico
This is not to imply that I agree with the past or current strategy against Al Qaeda, nor the manner in which our tactics and resources are being used; I simply have disgust for the political games which keeps the nation stagnant and stupid.