Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning that the president's very short statement about the terror attacks this week in Brussels was not a sign of weakness, the president was intentionally sending the message "that it is not that big a deal."
MICHAEL HAYDEN: I'm going to say something that is going to sound pretty harsh, but I think it is true. [The president's statement] wasn't a mistake, that wasn't weakness, that was policy.
His going to the ballpark and spending less than a minute on the attack. I actually believe that the president's policy, in his heart of hearts is: That is not that big a deal."
There are other things that are more important, and that is what he messaging.