Al-Qaida has transformed itself into a terrorism powerhouse under the presidency of Barack Obama, according to retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters.
"When Obama came to office [in 2008], al-Qaida and its sympathizers were a broken lot. Not totally destroyed, but they were utterly broken," Peters told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
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"And despite Obama's lies to the contrary, al-Qaida is now far, far stronger than it was five years ago … Al-Qaida, which was a beaten, broken force hiding out in northwestern Pakistan, is now back in Iraq, it's in Syria, it's in Lebanon, it's in Libya," Peters said.
Peters, a Fox News strategic analyst and author of the novel "Hell or Richmond,"
says the Obama administration has "allowed al-Qaida and other Islamist factions to put guns and knives, rocket-
propelled grenades and mortars, even missiles in the hands of ruthless killers."
He suggests the top priority of the United States should be to crush al-Qaida.
"I would start by killing al-Qaida wherever we find it by whatever means we can . . . Use our intelligence and send an air strike," Peters said.
"Every day, every terrorist, every al-Qaida terrorist we kill improves our security. Every last one."
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