Hollywood Director Oliver Stone: â€śI Find Obama Scaryâ€ťâ€¦
Each presidential cycle gets shrouded in the penultimate question, â€śAre you better off than you were four years ago?â€ť
In Oliver Stoneâ€™s new book â€” â€śThe Untold History of the United Statesâ€ť â€” the filmmaker, along with historian Peter Kuznick, argues that, â€śThe country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse.â€ť
Much of Stone and Kuznickâ€™s book focuses on the threats posed by government secrecy and militarism throughout history and, in an interview with POLITICO Friday, Stone said that things arenâ€™t getting better.
â€śItâ€™s scarier,â€ť said Stone. â€śI grew up under Eisenhower â€¦ and itâ€™s 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.â€ť Stone cited reports of American drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan as examples, as well as the presidentâ€™s so-called â€śkill list.â€ť
â€śThe president, himself, has become judge, jury and executioner around the world,â€ť said Kuznick.
The gloomy vision provided by both Stone and Kuznick during the interview prompted Stone to, at one point, jokingly ask, â€śYouâ€™re depressed by hearing us? I understandâ€¦â€ť