GOP Criticizes White House Over Nat'l Security

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The Obama administration is being criticized by Republicans on Capitol Hill over its strategy to fight the War on Terror.

One of the leading critics is Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., He recently spoke with CBN News about President Barack Obama's national security strategy.

"I think these guys in the White House are weakening our national security and making us more vulnerable," Hoekstra said.

Hoekstra is the top Republican on the country's intelligence issues. He said that the Obama administration "does not get it" when it comes to national security.

A major sticking point for Hoekstra was the administration's refusal to use terms like "jihad" and "radical Islam."

"Does this hurt our national security -- not being able to identify the clear enemy?" CBN News asked the congressman, who represents Michigan's 2nd district.

"If you don't identify the enemy, then you won't be able to confront them, contain them, and ultimately defeat them," Hoekstra responded.

"I think Fort Hood -- they didn't call that a radical jihadist attack or even a terrorist attack until somewhere in February -- almost three months later," he added. "This is crazy."

Hoekstra also fears the administration is playing with fire in its attempts to reach out to terrorist states and groups.

"For most Americans, for all Israelis, there is no such thing as moderate element of Hezbollah," he said.

"What do you think of President Obama's treatment of Israel?" CBN News asked Hoekstra.

"The president has been undercutting the leadership in Israel on a regular basis," Hoekstra said. "He is emboldening radical jihadists -- Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinians."

Hoekstra differs with the President on another pressing issue -- the choice of a new Director of National Intelligence. Obama wants Gen. James Clapper to take over the crucial post, but Hoekstra says he's worked closely with Clapper and opposes his nomination.

"I just have serious doubts as to whether General Clapper has the demeanor to be the DNI, but also has the philosophy that says 'I have a responsibility to report to Congress,'" Hoekstra explained. "I don't think he'll keep us very informed. I think he's the wrong person for the job."

Hoekstra actually supported Democrat Leon Panetta's appointment as CIA Director. Still, he says that won't stop him from holding Panetta and others accountable for the country's security.

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Erick Stakelbeck

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Erick Stakelbeck is a sought after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, and print media. Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News.  Follow Erick on Twitter @Staks33.