Cotton: ‘Grave Doubts’ about Obama Admin Counterterrorism Policies


Rep. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) expressed his concerns about the Obama administration’s ability to thwart terror attacks in a speech on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.

REP. COTTON: “I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policies and programs. 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. In 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 the Obama administration is failing in its mission.”

Several other Republican members of Congress have scrutinized the Obama administration’s handling of the aftermath of the Boston bombing, including whether or not to try Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant.

The Obama is also under scrutiny for its handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and a Republican report puts much of the blame on then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.