- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 21, 2010

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday rejected charges that the country is less safe because of the way President Obama has handled national security matters.

Mr. Powell — a former army general and secretary of state under President George W. Bush and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989-93 — said the United States “is still at risk” of attack, but he said the country isn’t less safe because of Mr. Obama’s handling of security, as former Vice President Dick Cheney has claimed.

Mr. Powell is a Republican who supported the Democratic Mr. Obama for president in 2008.

Mr. Powell said he thinks Mr. Obama may have put “too much on the plate” as he tackles domestic issues during a period of deep economic uncertainty.

Mr. Powell spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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