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John Cusack: Obama's Policies as 'Bad or Worse' Than Bush's

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 07:30 PM

Outspoken actor John Cusack slams some of President Barack Obama's policies as "bad or worse" than those of George W. Bush — chastising him for using terrorism to justify "any power grab you want."

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Cusack, promoting his new biopic "Love & Mercy," in which he plays Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, chides Obama for hardening "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."

"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 charges.

The actor is particularly harsh in his critique of Obama's foreign policy.

"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," Cusack says.

But he hones in on anti-terror justifications as akin to a "power grab."

"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," he says.

But he said he didn't agree with fellow Illinois native and actor Vince Vaughn, who has said he supports having guns in schools to prevent shootings.

"The thing is, you’d say 'What schools?' and 'What version of America are we talking about?'" he says.

"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."

It's not the first time Cusack has taken on the Obama administration, Business Insider reports, noting in 2012 he criticized Obama for “shredding civil liberties and due process.”

He also took part in an anti-NSA ad in 2013.

Cusack scolded the Daily Beast, however, for its headline for the interview with him: "John Cusack Talks ‘Love & Mercy,’ Drug Trips, and the Ways Obama Is ‘Worse Than Bush'."

"Your headline is pretty absurd and stupid – if you want to talk politics do it seriously," he tweeted.

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Outspoken actor John Cusack slams some of President Barack Obama's policies as "bad or worse" than those of George W. Bush - chastising him for using terrorism to justify "any power grab you want."
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