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September 24th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

At war with a deadly enemy

Republican Congressman, Peter King, joined Carol Costello this morning for a discussion on Presidential powers regarding Syrian airstrikes.

King, an Obama critic in the past, supports the President's decision to strike at Khorasan, a lesser known terrorist group in Syria, despite not being informed beforehand.

King said, "The president has the power as commander-in-chief. If people had known about it, if he had been talking about the Khorasan group or if word had gotten out that would have given them the opportunity to get away, to disappear, to hide, and so no this to me, the President's main job as commander-in-chief is to protect the American people and I believe he has the absolute right to carry this out."

While King wasn't aware of the airstrikes on Khorasan prior to their launch, he was definitely aware of the group's existence, saying "I've known for the last several month about the Khorasan group. I first learned about it I guess 3 or 4 months ago and basically this was kept top secret and classified and the reason for that is basically we didn't want the enemy to know what we knew about them. The Khorasan group is an affiliate of Al Qaeda, extremely dangerous, and they do have bomb maker and other explosive experts so I give the president credit for attacking them without giving them any advance warning at all."

King added towards the end of the interview, "We're at war with a deadly enemy, these people want to kill us, and I’m willing to give the president the power to kill them first."

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  1. Name*Rick Hunter

    Pres. Obama spoke at the U.N. and mentioned that we had our own domestic issues, which is fine, but why Ferguson and not Boston marathon?
    In Boston bombing, we used our own resources and I'D who, how, what, where and dealt with the situation in a very thorough and timely fashion.
    Thanks
    A Veteran.

    September 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm |
  2. Ever James

    This morning (09/24/14); when talking to Congressman King, Carol appeared to suggest that President Obama should have discussed or informed American public, Congress or someone about the airstrikes in Khorasan. Congressman King stated you don't let your enemy know they are going to be attacked. Carol reminded me of a slanderer that suggests that which they have no reason to think is true. A woman of her intelligence should know this.

    September 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm |
  3. Rhonda

    This Carol Costello character is the #1 reason I will not watch CNN.

    October 23, 2014 at 9:49 am |
  4. Xiong

    Politicians and others of note should not appear on CNN until Carol Costello is fired for her utterly hateful disregard for violence against women just because they are on "the other team" politically. Just SHAMEFUL!!!

    October 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
  5. harry mcmerkin

    carol costello is a vile and repugnant git. Her vapid soul lacks empathy and any semblance of professionalism. She is clearly the snarky, immature, biased JV team. Get her off the air and off the network or your dwindling number of sponsors will be hearing the same request very soon.

    October 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
  6. mary bradley

    You at CNN are losing me as a listener. You are very good at stirring up the pot for drama in the name of journalism. Why not ask alleged victims of Mr. Cosby why they are not going to the police instead of the press.with their accusations? You are creating an on air soap opera for ratings and then you make feeble attempts to justify your actions.

    November 20, 2014 at 11:12 am |
  7. Ira Weiss

    Carol Costello finally found a newsworthy nut: President Obama's absence at the Paris rally of world leaders. Considering her great news breaking story about the Palin brawl, this was truly a great accomplishment for her. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Congratulations Costello!

    January 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm |
  8. Wayne

    I watch CNN on a regular basis. That being said, I find Carol Costello to be extremely biased in her reporting. All reporters should report the news in an unbiased manner but she doesn't seem to follow that guideline. It's obvious that her liberal leanings influence her reporting. I now change channels when she is reporting.

    January 14, 2015 at 11:11 am |
  9. Laura Dalton

    please please move on to something besides t he flag – since 6:00am this morning CNN

    June 23, 2015 at 10:19 am |
  10. Laura Dalton

    please, please please move on, since 6:00am this morning CNN has been interviewing everyone but the dogcatcher about the Confederate Flag. yes we all agree it should be taken down. but good God is there any other news or something else you could possibly be reporting. we are all SICK SICK SICK listening to everyone in this rotation of experts you straw poll every morning. don't they have get tired of giving their opinions? why not find a few different opinions once in awhile, but please find some news and get off the Confederate Flag. Laura

    June 23, 2015 at 10:25 am |

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