Former NBC News Washington bureau reporter and now CBS News Chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell is getting some attention for comments she made to Chris Matthews Sunday:
To claim that Barack Obama has more aggressively prosecuted the "war on terror" than George W. Bush...is an interesting statement to make.
Especially since President Mr. Obama has pretty much avoided even using the phrase.
While President Obama certainly merits credit for the successful raid that led to the killing of chief target Osama bin Laden, few would argue that George W. Bush was the one who drove the "war on terror" for the better part of two presidential terms. During his tenure the U.S. and allies were able to capture a great number of terrorists and enemies of the United States including Saddam Hussein, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
And don't forget that in May 2010 President Obama declared the "war on terror" to be over...that the United States was at war against the specific Al Qaeda network, not global terrorism.
While protecting the security of the United States and bringing justice to dark corners of the world is a serious matter and not some sort of political contest, perhaps Ms. O'Donnell should hold off on the anti-terror comparison.