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Peter King on Obama Defending His Anti-ISIS Plans: It's 'Moral Arrogance'

 

By    |   Monday, 16 Nov 2015 04:55 PM

President Barack Obama's angry indignation Monday of his anti-ISIS strategy critics in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks was pure "moral arrogance," New York Republican Rep. Peter King tells Newsmax TV.

In an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show," the chairman of the Sub-committee on Counterterrorism and member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence complains Obama's belief that the terrorist militants have been contained is clearly "delusional."

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"He's totally wrong … and it's totally wrong – that whole moral arrogance he has," King said of the president's testy defense of his anti-ISIS policies.

"He's the one, if anybody should be on defense, it's him after saying that ISIS is contained when even if Paris had never happened, ISIS isn't contained and everyone who has any knowledge of this knows that and either he knows it or he's delusional."

King says he wishes Obama "showed as much anger and outrage talking about ISIS as he does when he's talking about Republicans or people who disagree with his policies," King fumed.

Also, King said the nation should "do whatever we have to do" to stop ISIS.

"I don't think ground troops now are needed, but we need to have Special Operations forces on the ground to get intelligence" for the bombing raids to "make a lot more sense."

"We also need commander units to carry out raids… and we should have Americans embedded with the Kurds and the Iraqis to make sure that the fighting is more effective," he added.

For now, King vows to "demand answers on" why the air attacks by France in Syria were able to take out vital locations that should have already been destroyed.

"Why are those locations still there 14 months after the president began a bombing campaign? " he asked. "They should have been gone the first day."

"This is again an example of this apologetic, half-hearted attempt by the president," he declared.

As for preventing an ISIS attack on the homeland, King conceded it was "scary" such a strike was carried in France, "which has good intelligence" – and decried the 2014 disbanding of a New York Police Department unit that provided surveillance of Muslims in New York City.

"What [former Police Commissioner] Ray Kelly was doing is absolutely essential," he said. "It was so important and it was a disgrace that a rag like the New York Times and groups like the Civil Liberties Union and a federal judge, these courts have just been terrible on this…"

But in defense of current Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, King said Bratton "is trying to do, and to some extent is, what Ray Kelly was doing."

"He's doing it in different way, but it's unfortunate that he has to sort of work around to get the job done and obviously it cannot be as effective as it was," King said.

As for allowing refugees from Syria into the country, King said now is not the time.

"We're an open nation for refugees but not in this case," he said. "This is unique because we have no idea who these people are, there's no databases, there's no records, and we know that ISIS wants to smuggle in, or sneak in, terrorists…

"You cannot have a system where we cannot vet," he added. "It's inviting disaster."

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President Barack Obama's angry indignation Monday of his anti-ISIS strategy critics in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks was pure "moral arrogance," New York Republican Rep. Peter King tells Newsmax TV.
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