No, not Judi Dench.
Sir John Sawers was on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show GPS this morning. Sawers is the guy Mitt Romney met with in 2012. It was a private meeting and Romney was scathed for mentioning it.
The British media also seized on Romney’s disclosure after his visit with Prime Minister David Cameron that he had met Sir John Sawers, head of the British Intelligence agency MI6. Such meetings are typically not made public, a government spokesman told London’s Telegraph newspaper.
Romney also didn’t express full confidence about security at the upcoming London Olympics. A diplomatic faux pas they all said at the time.
True, Sawers is no longer the Chief of MI6—known as “C” not “M” as in the James Bond movies—but for having been the head of such a super secret organization that Romney shouldn’t have mentioned, he was pretty chatty with Fareed.
Sawers says things are worse these days in terms of terrorism. He said there wouldn’t be as much confidence in a terror-free Olympics in London in 2016. Let’s see how many people find that insulting.
“We were pretty confident that the London Olympics would be terrorism-free. And thanks to a lot of hard work, it was,” Sawers said. “I don’t think you could be quite so confident now if the London Olympics were in 2016, for example.”
The former ”C” thinks the great bulk of the migrants flooding into Europe are not terrorist threats. Leaves us to wonder about the lesser bulk.
“I think the great bulk of these refugees are people genuinely fleeing conflict, fleeing for their lives and seeking a better life for themselves and their families,” he said.
He says he would have liked to see more from Obama in the overseas fight against terrorism. He is a Sir and a gentleman so he softened his criticism by saying Obama had a lot on his mind domestically which might have been the reason.
Sawers would have liked to have seen U.S. President Barack Obama more involved militarily in the fight against overseas terrorism, but he thinks Obama’s focus on weighty domestic issues and sentiments may have held him back.
“I think on his external policy — I think he’s been cautious, possibly to a fault,” Sawers said of Obama. “I think he’s been hesitant to get back involved in military engagements in the Islamic world, for example, scarred by what had happened in Iraq and Afghanistan and recognizing that public opinion and the political appetite for further engagements is very low.”
Not shaken or stirred is our President.