Last week, President Obama declared in his inaugural address that “a decade of war is now ending.” But from Libya to Mali, and recent developments in Algeria, North Africa appears to be the new headquarters for al-Qaida, and violence is escalating.
“North Africa is going to be to the Obama administration what Afghanistan was during the 1990s, the Clinton administration,” Rep. Peter King told Mike Huckabee in a Fox News interview. “It’s really a gathering place for the Islamic militants who want a launching pad.”
Huckabee asked if the relocation of al-Qaida was similar to a game of “whack-a-mole”, where they’re eliminated from one place and then pop up somewhere else.
King described what seems to be a concerted effort from North African countries for fighters to come together, attracting from the Islamic Maghreb, core al-Qaida, Iraq, and remnants of al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula, creating an international movement.
“Where the president has really hurt us over last several years, is by somehow implying the war on al-Qaida is over,” King said. “Core al-Qaida has been hurt, but they’ve metastasized and in some ways al-Qaida is more of a threat to us now than it was prior to September 11th.”
When asked if Obama is taking the threat as serious, King replied that it was a “schizophrenic approach.”
“No, I don’t believe President Obama is doing enough and he doesn’t want to level with the American people, he keeps talking about how we’re winning,” King said. “To paraphrase John Kennedy, it’s going to be a long twilight struggle.”
See King’s Fox News interview here: