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Rep. King: Obama Must Confront Islamic Terror

By Ashley Martella   |   Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 11:22 PM

Rep. Peter King says the Obama administration coddles the country’s enemies with soft rhetoric that emboldens them to continue their terrorist ways.

“We have an unyielding enemy, an enemy that is vicious and bitter, an enemy which will resort to any tactics any time to achieve the goal of destroying us a society,” the New York Republican told a gathering at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The Obama administration won’t even use the term “Islamic terrorism” to address the source of the threat, he said.

“The enemy is Islamic terrorism,” King said.

The nine-term congressman credits CIA interrogations with helping prevent another terrorist attack after 9/11. But the Obama administration considered going after CIA attorneys who advised interrogators, he said.

“When you have Eric Holder, as one of first acts to say that he intends to have a criminal investigation of the CIA interrogators, who kept us safe for over seven years, this was exactly the wrong message to send to the enemy.

It also helps to demoralize our forces, the men and women who are on the front lines who have to get the job done,” King said.

As a consequence, terrorists feel free to inflict attacks such as the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre, as well as the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner, and an attempted bombing in Times square, he said. Terrorists view even the failed attempts successes because they penetrated U.S. security, King said.

A native New Yorker, King said he strongly opposes to building a mosque only two blocks from the World Trade Center site, the location of the deadliest ever attack on U.S. soil.

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