- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 4, 2015

Actor John Cusack argued Wednesday that President Obama is “as bad or worse” than former President George W. Bush for his policies concerning drones, the NSA, and an open and free press.

In an interview published Wednesday, the “Love & Mercy” actor was asked by The Daily Beast what he thought about a recent CNN poll that said Mr. Bush is now polling higher than Mr. Obama.

“Well, Obama has certainly extended and hardened the cement on a lot of Bush’s post-9/11 Terror, Inc. policies, so he’s very similar to Bush in every way that way,” Mr. Cusack said.

“His domestic policy is a bit different, but when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistleblowers, he’s as bad or worse than Bush,” he continued. “He hasn’t started as many wars, but he’s extended the ones we had, and I don’t even think Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon would say the president has the right to unilaterally decide whom he can kill around the world. On Tuesdays, the president can just decide whom he wants to kill, and you know, since 9/11 there are magic words like “terror,” and if you use magic words, you can justify any power grab you want.”

When asked about fellow actor Vince Vaughn, who recently made headlines for suggesting that guns should be allowed in schools, Mr. Cusack responded:

“The thing is, you’d say ‘what schools’ and ‘what version of America are we talking about?’ If you look at the site called HeyJackass.com it’ll tell you about how many murders have happened in Chicago, giving you weekly and monthly updates, and you can probably find out how many murders have happened in Baltimore and all over the country. That’s not the kind of debate where you want to do a tit-for-tat with what two celebrities think about it, and in order to talk about it you have to do it in an in-depth way — you need to follow the money and see what the politics are. But no, I think that’s a bad idea.”

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