Rep. Peter King ‘offended’ by ‘moral anguish’ in Obama drone speech

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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday that President Obama’s recent national security speech was too infused with “moral anguish” and "offended" him.

Obama said last week that there would be stricter rules on the use of drone strikes, in an attempt to target only imminent threats and limit civilian casualties.

“Every soldier, every cop who's faced with a decision to make, a life or death, does the best he or she can,” King said on ABC’s “This Week.”


“And I think our country has done more than any country in the history of the world to limit civilian casualties. So I think that just offended me, that whole tone of it.”

King added that he believed the current drone policy was working, but could use some fine-tuning.

“I'm saying this as a Republican: In the White House, the effort that goes in and wherever these decisions are made, as to limit civilian casualties is more probably than any in the history of the world, especially when you consider the history of warfare,” King said.

The New York Republican had similar criticisms of the president’s call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying he was “offended by the moralizing.”

“I have been to Guantanamo. It's a model prison,” King said. “Is it ideal? No. But we live in a very un-ideal world.”

“The president has had five years to end this,” King also stated. “If he really wanted to, he could have moved most of those prisoners out of the country. He could have sent them back to other countries.”