Over the past week numerous questions have been asked about the failure to recognize the warning signs that pointed to the Boston Marathon bombers. On Wednesday, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., took to the House floor to ask a few of his own questions.
“I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs,” the freshman congressman from Arkansas said. “Counterterrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results.”
Cotton has the background to question the administration’s actions with terrorists, according to his website.
The 9/11 attacks occurred during Tom’s final year in law school, causing him to leave law after a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and a brief period in private practice to join the armed forces. Tom declined a commission as a JAG attorney and instead joined the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.
Tom served nearly five years on active duty, completing two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, where he led an infantry platoon in daily combat patrols. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Between his two combat tours, Tom served as a platoon leader with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He then served in Afghanistan as the operations officer for a Provincial Reconstruction Team.
“In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state—the Little Rock recruiting office shooter,” Cotton said. “In the over seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask, ‘Why is the Obama Administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States?’”
Watch Cotton on the House floor here.
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