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Obama Better Than Bush on Terror Protection: Security Adviser Jones

By Jim Meyers   |   Tuesday, 01 Sep 2009 12:18 PM

President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Jim Jones, says the United States is having more success fighting terrorism under Obama that it did under his predecessor George W. Bush.

In an interview with ABC News, the retired Marine general said Obama's efforts to reach out to world leaders and improve relations with law enforcement agencies have made it easier to track and kill terrorists.

"We have better human intelligence," he said. "We know where the terrorists are moving. Because of the dialogue and the tone of the dialogue between us and our friends and allies . . . the trend line against terrorism is positive."

He also told ABC on Monday: "We are seeing results that indicate more captures, more deaths of radical leaders and a kind of a global coming-together by the fact that this is a threat to not only the United States but to the world at large."

Jones' comments came a day after former Vice President Dick Cheney said he has serious doubts that Obama "is prepared to do what needs to be done to defend the nation."

Cheney criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to begin a preliminary investigation of CIA officers' actions in interrogating detainees, calling it "an outrageous precedent to set."

Jones said he takes exception to assertions "that something we decided or the president decided will make the country less safe . . .

"We are making this country safe. I think that we are fashioning global relationships with other countries around the world. We are doing everything to make this country safe every single day."

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