In a statement this afternoon, Congressman Peter King praised the Obama administration’s decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military court–calling it “a long awaited step in the right direction”–but also took it as an opportunity for a little partisan sniping.
“As I have been saying since day one, these terror trials belong in a military commission at Guantanamo,” said King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee and recently held a controversial hearing on the alleged radicalization of American Muslims. “I am absolutely shocked that it took Attorney General Holder 507 days to come to this realization.”
Rather than praise Obama, King gave the credit to his predecessor.
“Today’s reversal is yet another vindication of President Bush’s detention policies by the Obama Administration, and is welcome news to the families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, who will finally see long-awaited justice,” he wrote.