National Security Adviser: Obama Makes US Safer

Jones rejects Cheney, notion that new policies increase vulnerability
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2009 7:33 AM CDT
National Security Adviser James Jones delivers remarks on national security to the Atlantic Council in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – President Obama's policies have made America a safer place, his national security adviser said yesterday in his first speech since taking the job. James Jones cited strategies like the renewal of ties with allies and rejected suggestions the president had made the US more vulnerable, AFP reports. "No administration is going to suggest that their performance had made the country less safe," the former Marine Corps general said in a clear rebuke to Dick Cheney.

"I firmly believe that the United States is not only safe but it will be more secure and the American people are increasingly safer because of the president's leadership that he has displayed consistently over the last four months, both at home and abroad," Jones said. "He has said clearly and unequivocally that we are at war with terrorism and terrorism can take many facets."