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John Brennan: Cheney 'Ignorant' Or Distorting Terror Facts (VIDEO)

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Another Obama administration official is pushing back against Dick Cheney's attacks on the White House over the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack.

On Fox News Sunday, senior counterterrorism adviser John Brennan -- who also served under President Bush -- responded to Cheneys comment that Obama thinks the war on terror is over.

"It's disappointing to me that either the vice president or others have willfully mischaracterized President Obama's position and actions or they're just ignorant of the facts," he said. "I think in either case, it doesn't speak well to sort of the reasons why they sort of went out and said these things."

"I'm neither Republican nor Democrat," he added. "I've worked for five previous administrations, and this president ... says we're at war with Al Qaeda. We're going to destroy Al Qaeda."

Watch, via ThinkProgress:

On NBC's "Meet The Press," Bush CIA director Michael Hayden agreed, saying, ": I -- I am heartened by the fact that the President consistently says, "We are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates ... We should not overly politicize things that are essentially security in nature."

In a blog post the previous week, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said Cheney's "bellicose rhetoric" didn't interest him and called the former VP's national security critique "strangely off-key."

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