GOP lawmaker: WH foreign policy collapsing around the world
Rep. Randy Forbes reacts to escalating crisis in Middle East
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- Date Sep 14, 2012
Rep. Randy Forbes reacts to escalating crisis in Middle East
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Right so where are we now with these rapid developments in the Middle East and northern Africa and what about the US response.
Randy Forbes -- Republican from Virginia also a member of the house armed services committee and -- welcome here.
That's good -- get -- to get your reaction what are we going to do.
About -- bills.
Obviously the first thing we've got to do is continue to assess all the facts and make sure we have those before -- make any kind of reaction.
But I think what we're going to see is that the administration's foreign policies just collapsing across the world right now.
You know the president came in and he told us that people in the Middle East we're gonna love us -- I don't think that's exactly what we're seeing when we look at these news clips.
The other thing is that we're finding out you can't lead from you've got we've got to be leaders and we've got to show some strength there.
And we got to make sure that we have embassies anywhere in the world when we -- individuals who are representing us.
-- has an ambassador anybody else we've got to be there and make sure that we're trying to protect them and offer that protection.
Right now we're looking at the facts to see if that protection was there and exactly what breakdowns we -- what what do you think is the proper response based on what we think we -- Well I think the proper response right now is it's not to need knee jerk reactions and pull back funding.
From -- these particular countries I think the response that we should have had.
Should've taken place months ago but now given the fact that worry and we've got to make it very very clear.
That your not going to be able to kill an American ambassador and walk away with no consequences.
And I think that means that we're gonna have to make sure all of our embassies all of our consulates.
-- well fortified well protected and we got the people there to make sure we're protecting them keeping them site.
The second thing is.
We've got to make sure that they don't have orders.
That prohibit them from doing that anywhere in the world because we're seeing these protests as you know bill.
Expand in other countries now which is what's concerning this experts on what what do you think of the White House response so far.
Well you know we've been saying all along the White House has done some things that are positive in other parts of the world.
But the White House it's time -- hit three and a half years they've got to get at a campaign mode and get into leadership mode and they really haven't done that they haven't done in this situation.
They haven't done it with their foreign policy around the world.
And that's why I think we're seeing -- -- and a shambles of the -- do you expect if that's your opinion that's what you believe you expect to pivot.
At this point that based -- -- my house.
Well I would hope they would and one of the first things that I would do I've had the opportunity -- the last year to meet with.
Prime minister Netanyahu at least three times look at defense issues.
In neutral and you know if we're concerned about these issues you can imagine how is -- -- one of our major allies in the Middle East is concerned.
I think the least the president should do is to take a meeting with the prime minister hints at the end of reassure him.
That the United States is going to be supporting our friends you expect as we -- expect that to happen when he's in New York.
There will always -- I don't put it in two weeks.
Bill is you know obvious railways have made that request so far it's my understand the president has not fulfilled it.
We certainly are encouraging him to do that I hope the president will take that -- it's very very important.
That what we see all these things happen in these other countries we continue to support our allies that people who aren't burning our -- towards -- -- industries.
Our embassies and certainly is -- one of those countries do you believe Egypt.
There's still an ally in that states.
I think it's too early to say to that I think a lot could depend on what the president doesn't what the military -- if you look at these protests they still have that.
Capabilities of protecting our embassies there if you've -- -- that embassy it's not an easy.
Place to get to we have a good opportunity did then then protect that.
I think we got to make sure that we're monitoring and looking at where we're putting our dollars in Egypt.
And making sure -- that military is in fact going to be our -- I think it's way too early bill for us to conclude that they are right it based on some of the comments -- -- in Brussels this week from its new president of Egypt president -- You can still it's not considered him a friend of the United States.
Bill if you look at what he's been saying so -- his comments the only thing that he's done is shown any friendship is when he condemned this killing.
Which he was a little bit late in doing that.
I think capital lot more.
Strength in determining our allies by their actions and not their words.
I wanna see them take some tough actions to protect our embassy there and turn these protestors that one more question here -- this is more domestic related -- to -- the sequestration military cuts how does this change that debate.
With the cuts looming and the events that -- watching overseas now.
Bill we've been saying this for years this the White House this candidate had a big in dollars and -- national defense.
Over the last two years they are on target to cut another half trillion dollars out.
We're in a situation it's far more dangerous in the world that we've been in in the last several years we can't afford these huge.
Cuts that are coming with out in the analysis at all.
I hope that will get this turned around but we don't see any movement from the white house of the senate to try to do it.
The house has put -- a plan that would do it we hope at some point attempt to sit down to the table trying to negotiate a way through it sir thank you for your time and and they are sobering times of that Randy Forbes Republican from Virginia today in Washington thank you.