Congressman Peter King (R-NY) warned on This Week With George Stephanopoulos that the al Qaeda terror threat was not limited in its danger to the Middle East but could attack in Europe of the United States as well.
King said, “This is a wake-up call.” “Al Qaeda is in many ways stronger than it was before 9/11, because it’s mutated and spread, and can come at us in different directions. And al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula is probably the most deadly of al Qaeda affiliates,” he continued.
“The assumption is that it’s most likely to happen in the Middle East, at or about one of the embassies, but there’s no guarantee at all,” King added. “It could be Europe, the United States. It could be a series of combined attacks. It could be the same concept as the 2006 liquid explosive planned attacks, when there were going to be a series of attacks carried out almost simultaneously. So we have to be ready for everything.”
According to recent news reports, the United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat.
Peter King said that despite his differences with the Obama administration, he believed that the step to close down the embassies was important and necessary.
“I’m a Republican,” King underlined. “I’ve had problems with the administration on different issues, but what they are doing now is what has to be done.”