I don't know what benefit Rep. Peter King thinks we're getting by spying on the leaders of countries that we're supposed to be allies with, but he was bound and determined to defend the practice, which has apparently been going on for some time now.
And of course he's never going to pass up a chance to repeat one of their favorite talking points from back during the McCain campaign, that President Obama is constantly "apologizing" for the United States and making us look weak: Rep. Peter King: Obama is 'too apologetic':
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says President Obama should stop apologizing for the U.S. government's foreign policy and intelligence-gathering decisions.
“I think the president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive,” he said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
The former House Homeland Security Committee chairman touched on the recent reports claiming the NSA has spied on more than 30 governments overseas, including leaders of allies.
“The fact is they’ve carried out spying operations against the U.S,” King said of the other governments. “We’re not doing this for the fun of it. This is for gathering valuable intelligence, which helps not just us, but also helps the Europeans.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama last week, outraged over a report that said her cell phone had been tapped. Obama said the U.S. is not and will not monitor her communications, but did not address if it had happened before.
The president is too apologetic, King said.
The president's handling of Syria in August and September, he added, was “indefensible.” Obama’s back-and-forth decisions about whether or not to strike the country after news surfaced of a chemical attack caused people to lose faith in the U.S., King said.
“We're going to look back on Syria...the mixed signals he sent over that two-, three-, four-week period is going to have lasting damage.”
On drones, he said, “We should stop being apologetic about drones.” He said in every war, there’s collateral damage.