President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress have made a mess out of everything from homeland security to financial policy, says Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California.
The acquittal of terrorist suspect Ahmed Ghailani in civilian court of all but one charge against him is an outrage, Royce tells Newsmax.TV.
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“It shows the magnitude of the mistakes they [the Obama administration] have made,” he says. It proves that terrorism suspects should be tried in military tribunals, “so we didn’t have these types of decisions go against U.S. interests,” Royce says. “This isn’t a U.S. citizen. This is someone who was at war with the U.S. Hopefully we can reverse this.”
The left wing has weakened Republican efforts to keep tabs on terrorists overseas and apprehend them, he says. “We have far fewer tools to monitor and apprehend because of steps taken by the left here in the U.S.”
As for the START treaty, the White House should negotiate with Sen. Jon Kyl, the GOP’s point man on missile defense, Royce says. “He has concerns. It would be wise for the administration to work with him to address those concerns,” Royce says.
“What we want is an effective missile shield. Until the administration guarantees they’ll take the steps instead of undercutting our capacity for missile defense, there are reservations about moving forward.”
As for Iran, Israel might have trouble attacking, because it will be difficult for the U.S. ally to determine where the underground facilities are and whether it can remove them, Royce says.
“That’s why we’ve pushed efforts to collapse the current regime in Iran through sanctions. Of course the administration has dragged its feet.”
The problem is we aren’t putting enough pressure on China to join us in the sanctions, Royce says. “That can undercut our ability to do what’s necessary to stand with the people of Iran.”
He has harsh criticism for the new financial reform law. “We have a new bureaucracy in which safety and soundness regulators won’t have the final say. We have political activists, academics basically, who will set up new rules. We want to change this.”
Republicans also are concerned about continuing the “too big to fail” doctrine. “We don’t want another Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Royce says. “We don’t want the government behind very large institutions while too small to save institutions have a higher cost of capital as a consequence.”
Fannie and Freddie should be phased out, while private capital should be phased in, he says.
As for the 2012 presidential contest, “Any of our Republican nominees would be likely to defeat President Obama,” Royce says.
“What I want to see out of our nominees is who best presents to the American public the argument for moving to a culture of independence and from a culture of dependence, which is what the left is pushing in the United States.”
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