Rep. Peter King is one of the blowhards of the GOP who uses every opportunity to paint President Obama and the Democratic Party as weak on national security, but now listen to what he said to Bill O'Reilly after pumping the torture meme:
KING: And that's why I think it's really wrong, whether it's Democrats or Republicans, when they go out of their way to take cheap, personal shots at a President. It's OK to criticize, but they are going through incredible stress and strains at all times and one small mistake; now just think if the President made the wrong decision when he OK's the mission, you could have had civilians killed and you could have had Navy SEALs wiped out....
O'REILLY: It was a daring mission...
Do you think he was talking about himself? I'll never forget when he told people at the Merrick Jewish Center that conditions on the ground in Iraq were just like Manhattan back in 2006. As soon as the underwear bomber was arrested he immediately took to the airwaves to ridicule Obama and the administration because the suspect was arrested and given his Miranda warning. Peter King thinks the key to protecting America is for Obama to use the word "Terror" more.
New York Rep. Peter King, a leading Republican critic of the White House on terror policy, offered a piece of advice on Good Morning America today: Obama should speak the word "terrorism" more. "You are saying someone should be held accountable. Name one other specific recommendation the president could implement right now to fix this," host George Stephanopoulos said to King.
"I think one main thing would be to -- just himself to use the word terrorism more often," said King, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee
KING: Well, I was very critical of the administration for the Major Hasan shooting. I was also very critical of the Abdulmutallab incident on Christmas Day.
As far as this one, Chris, the evidence isn't in yet as to what was available. Based on what we've seen, I don't know if we could have stopped him before he got -- Shahzad before he got to Times Square. We'll have to wait until, you know, all the dots are put out there. It's very difficult because we don't get very much information from this administration.
But one real criticism I do have, Chris, is what happened in the last hours of the investigation. Beginning some time on Monday afternoon, high administration sources were leaking out the most confidential, classified information which compromised this investigation, put lives at risk and very probably caused Shahzad to escape and make it undetected to the airport.
And who can forget his ridiculous attacks of Comedy Central?
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that a car bomb found Saturday night in Times Square might have been the work of Islamic extremists who were upset over an episode of the Comedy Central series that attempted to depict the prophet Muhammad. It's one possibility out of 100, but this vehicle was close to a Viacom building, which owns MTV and Comedy Central," King said Sunday during an appearance on CNN. "
Maybe he'll tell Kit Bond the same thing.
Administration's handling of Christmas bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Bush's similar handling of shoe-bomber Richard Reid in an appearance on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown."
On Tuesday, Bond had called for Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan's resignation after an increasingly politicized debate on how the administration has handled the Abdulmutallab case.
During the MSNBC interview, anchor Savannah Guthrie asked Senator Bond to make a distinction between the mirandizing of previous terror suspects and Abdulmutallab.
"When Richard Reid was mirandized, treated in the civilian court system, same as Zacarius Moussaoui, the 9/11 co-conspirator, did you call for anyone's resignation because of that?" Guthrie asked.
"It's a lot different time," Bond responded. "We now have military commissions...It turns out that mirandizing Richard Reid and trying him in the civilian courts was a bad idea."
"He is serving a life sentence right now, he will never get out. How is that a failure?" Guthrie shot back. Read on...
Maybe he had a pang of remorse after acting like a jerk all those other times, but I doubt. Maybe all the heat he took for his race baiting Muslim hearings had something to do it with? Maybe it was because he got busted for being an IRA supporter?
Long before he became an outspoken voice in Congress about the threat from terrorism, he was a fervent supporter of a terrorist group, the Irish Republican Army. “We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry,” Mr. King told a pro-I.R.A. rally on Long Island, where he was serving as Nassau County comptroller, in 1982. Three years later he declared, “If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it.”
I do know that I'll remind him of his new words every time he tries to demonize Obama's national security policies.
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