Peter King: Obama Message on al-Qaida 'Schizophrenic'

Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 12:07 PM

By Ronald Kessler

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President Barack Obama's statements on al-Qaida's abilities have become "schizophrenic," making it more difficult for him to build support in Congress to deal with the threat the terrorist organization still poses, Rep. Peter King Tuesday claimed Tuesday.

"The president is saying the war against al-Qaida is almost over . . . What that does, it causes concern among our allies. It's hard to generate support in Congress," the New York Republican said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

But at the same time the president is extending the reach of the National Security Agency "more than ever before," in reference to the addition of new surveillance programs, facilities and employees, King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said.

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"It's almost schizophrenic," King, who has been outspoken in recent days supporting the administration's decision to close embassies in the Middle East and Africa, added. The congressman called the intelligence information that prompted the closings, which have been extended through this Saturday, "credible."

The Republican said he also continues to support the use of drone strikes, which he believes have helped take out and disperse the al-Qaida leadership. But at the same time, King said he found it "very troubling" that Obama still sends a "mixed message" on the strength of al-Qaida's operational abilities.

"That's why it's hard to generate congressional and national support for what has to be done," King said.






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