- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sean Penn sarcastically thanked former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday night for “inventing” the Islamic State terror group that is wreaking havoc across the Middle East.

“You mentioned Dick Cheney, this kind of, you know, embittered bacteria of humanity,” the actor told TBS talk show host Conan O’Brien. “It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here.”

“These are the guys — he and President Bush and some others — who invented Daesh, or ISIS,” Mr. Penn said, using the Arabic name and the acronym commonly used for the terror group.

“I mean, they really are that which created it,” he said without elaborating further. “So, I wanted to give him a shout out. Thanks for that.

“We have people like Harvey Milk, who were beautiful, brilliant, impactful guys,” he continued. “And then you’ve got the Cheneys. This is just me musing.”

The actor was on “Conan” promoting his new film “The Gunman,” which opens Friday.

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