Earlier this week, former Vice President Dick Cheney joined the GOP’s hypocritical attacks against President Obama’s response to the attempted Christmas day terror attack, claiming that ” it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war.” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer responded by pointing out Obama’s numerous “public statements that explicitly state we are at war,” adding that unlike the Bush administration, Obama “doesn’t need to beat his chest to prove it.” On Fox News Sunday today, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan said that either the “vice president or others have wilfully mischaracterized President Obama’s position and actions or they’re just ignorant of the facts“:
BRENNAN: It’s disappointing to me that either the vice president or others have willfully mischaracterized President Obama’s position and actions or they’re just ignorant of the facts. I think in either case, it doesn’t speak well to sort of the reasons why they sort of went out and said these things. I came back into government for the express purpose of making sure that we can make this country safer than its ever been in the past. I have worked with the president over the past 12 months now and he is as determined as anybody I’ve worked with. I’m neither Republican nor Democrat. I’ve worked with the previous five administrations and this president is determined. And I think he has demonstrated in his language. He says we’re at war with al Qaeda. Were going to destroy al Qaeda the organization and we’re going to demonstrate through our actions, whether it be in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other places that al Qaeda might be able to run, but they’re not going to be able to hide.