Bush CIA Director Agrees Republicans Hold Most ‘Nihilistic’ and ‘Dangerous’ Ideology Ever Seen


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Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as the director of the CIA after he was appointed by former President George W. Bush, believes Republicans hold the most dangerous views he has ever seen.

Hayden, who ran an agency that sought Osama bin Laden and other terrorists during his tenure, said on Twitter he could not think of a more politically extreme group of people than those in today’s GOP.

Financial Times editor Edward Luce tweeted Republicans are the most vile people he has ever covered.

In a quote tweet, Hayden wholeheartedly agreed.

It is worth noting, in the fourth quarter of 2021, 47% of Americans polled by Gallup identified as either Republican or Republican-leaning.

Twenty-eight percent, more than one-quarter, identified themselves outright as Republican.

Hayden was appointed to head the CIA in 2006, and served as its director until 2009, when then-president Barack Obama replaced him with Leon Panetta.

After his quote tweet received predictable negative attention, he pointed out Bush, a Republican, nominated him to lead the agency.

Former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, nominated him to lead the National Security Agency in 1999.

Hayden served as the director of the NSA until 2005.

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