Iowa Congressman Steve King is praising France for its actions in response to terror attacks last Wednesday that left 17 people dead. France ordered 10-thousand troops into the streets Monday to protect sensitive sites, half of them to guard Jewish schools, as authorities there continued to search for accomplices to the Islamic militants who committed the acts of terror.
King says the French people have taken to the streets to show that they want the threat from the extremists to be stopped. “When you see that they have demonstrations in the street greater than anything since France was liberated from the Nazis near the end of World War Two, you can tell there’s some momentum in that country to do some of these things to clean up their society to some degree, and do a lot better job of identifying people who are threats to safety and security,” King says.
The 4th district Republican says the Obama administration apparently didn’t understand what was happening in Paris. “Our president has not yet identified who are enemies are in this, he sees it as a police action,” King says. “He sent his attorney general over to France. Eric Holder apparently caught a plane and left before the actual march through Paris.”
King says the president’s recent decision to release more prisoners from the “Gitmo” prison in Cuba is just putting more terrorists back into the field. “These are bad, bad guys and he’s turning them loose and sending them back into I guess other Islamic neighborhoods where 29-percent of them have already been identified as going back to war against the United States. We have a president working in exactly the wrong direction of what we need to be doing. We need to tighten this country down on security a lot,” King says.
King says he will introduce a bill in the house this week that will cancel the passport of any American who goes oversees to join a terrorist organization.
(Reporting by Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City)