In an interview with The Daily Beast, actor John Cusack criticized President Barack Obama for continuing many of the foreign policies left over from George W. Bush’s administration.
“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,” 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.”
Cusack was particularly concerned with Obama’s drone policies. “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,” Cusack said. “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.”
While Cusack didn’t walk away from the quotes after the interview was published, the actor did take issue with the way his comments were framed by The Daily Beast. (The site’s headline for the story is “John Cusack Talks Love & Mercy, Drug Trips, and the Ways Obama Is ‘Worse Than Bush,'” but it was tweeted as “.@JohnCusack: Obama is ‘Worse Than Bush.'”)
“Shame on [you] — whomever is doing headlines and editing the interview for taking a long conversation about Brian Wilson, and turning it into salacious, gossipy, eye-catching, out-of-context, headline-grabbing, manipulative bullsh-t,” Cusack wrote in tweets directed at The Daily Beast. “Your headline is pretty absurd and stupid. If you want to talk politics, do it seriously.”
Cusack’s tweets are below. The full interview can be read at The Daily Beast.