On Morning Joe Tuesday morning, New York Congressman Peter King criticized the “schizophrenic” nature of the Obama administration’s anti-terror policies, praising its targeted attacks on al Qaeda but suggesting Barack Obama’s rhetoric of a retreating al Qaeda complicated additional security measures.
“A lot of what they do physically, carrying out attacks, I have great support for,” King said. “They have taken out a lot of al Qaeda leadership. On the other side, it’s almost schizophrenic. The president is saying the war against al Qaeda is almost over, that we’re back to a pre-9/11 stage. What that does, it causes concern among our allies, it’s hard to generate support in Congress. On the one hand we’re back to pre-9/11 and it’s just going to be isolated attacks, on the other hand we find out that he’s extended the NSA more than ever before.”
Over the weekend, King endorsed the Obama administration’s terror alert as showing vigilance over security concerns. Riffing off a weekend discussion of his own, host Joe Scarborough asked King if he found the difference between Obama’s “very aggressive, Bush and Cheney-like” actions and his words “troubling.”
“Very troubling,” King said. “That sends a mixed message. That’s why it’s hard to generate congressional and national support for what has to be done.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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