Hollywood Director Oliver Stone: ‚ÄúI Find Obama Scary‚ÄĚ‚Ä¶
Each presidential cycle gets shrouded in the penultimate question, ‚ÄúAre you better off than you were four years ago?‚ÄĚ
In Oliver Stone‚Äôs new book ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThe Untold History of the United States‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ the filmmaker, along with historian Peter Kuznick, argues that, ‚ÄúThe country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse.‚ÄĚ
Much of Stone and Kuznick‚Äôs book focuses on the threats posed by government secrecy and militarism throughout history and, in an interview with POLITICO Friday, Stone said that things aren‚Äôt getting better.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs scarier,‚ÄĚ said Stone. ‚ÄúI grew up under Eisenhower ‚Ä¶ and it‚Äôs gotten scarier because of the Bush and Reagan people and now I find Obama scary in a way that I had not done in 2008.‚ÄĚ Stone cited reports of American drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan as examples, as well as the president‚Äôs so-called ‚Äúkill list.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe president, himself, has become judge, jury and executioner around the world,‚ÄĚ said Kuznick.
The gloomy vision provided by both Stone and Kuznick during the interview prompted Stone to, at one point, jokingly ask, ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre depressed by hearing us? I understand‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ