Making sure it won't be usEditorial
New York Post
November 9, 2010
One of the happiest consequences of last week's Republican tsunami is that Long Island's Rep. Peter King is set to regain the chairmanship of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
This will make America safer -- by restoring to a critical Capitol Hill post a man who fully comprehends the threat to the nation posed by radical Islam.
Someone, in other words, who gets it when US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki -- linked to the Fort Hood massacre and the failed Christmas and Times Square bombings -- declares, as he did last weekend, that Muslims should not hesitate to kill Americans because "it is either them or us."
And who, as his past record shows, refuses to be intimidated.
(The notorious Council on American-Islamic Relations has publicly blasted King as "bigoted" -- a mark of honor in our book.)
Certainly, the Democrats who've run the Homeland Security Committee for the past four years never got it.
As King wrote on these pages yesterday, the committee held no hearings on the Fort Hood massacre or on Gitmo detainees -- focusing instead on Hurricane Katrina, workplace diversity at the Department of Homeland Security and other non-terrorism issues.
It held no hearings on how Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, who was known to US intelligence and Army brass as a self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist, was allowed the freedom to open fire on US troops last year, killing 13 of them.
It held no hearings on why Gen. George Case, the Army chief of staff, could only talk about what a "shame" it would be "if our diversity became a casualty" of Fort Hood -- even as his soldiers were still wiping up the blood from the floor.
King, happily, vows to change that.
He promises to hold hearings on Fort Hood -- including "al Qaeda's tactic of recruiting and radicalizing individuals residing in America."
He also promises to preserve Securing Our Cities, which the Obama administration has tried to defund, but which has placed detection devices around New York City to combat low-level nuclear and radiological terrorism.
Most important, though: King understands -- even as the administration tries hard to ignore -- that the terrorist war on America is ideologically based, and no amount of "outreach" will defuse it.
Again, Anwar al-Awlaki laid down the challenge: "It is either them or us."
With King back at the helm in the House, there's a far better chance that that challenge will be met.