Gingrich on Libya, Obama and 'acts of war'
Former presidential candidate takes on the White House's handling of the US embassy attacks in the Middle East
- Duration 10:16
- Date Sep 20, 2012
Former presidential candidate takes on the White House's handling of the US embassy attacks in the Middle East
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So -- so why does -- Obama administration keep changing its tune incompetence or cover up or something else.
Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich joins us nice to see mr.
speaker good to be here very serious time somebody go two I got how to -- your Twitter account and in your Twitter account after the attack.
You referred to the president as a -- -- too busy appeasing.
-- -- -- -- And his speech in Cairo was an appeasement speech when he just said is appeasement.
He comes out of a lot from -- American politics we always blame America first to paraphrase Jeane Kirkpatrick in 1984.
-- who's responsible for killing our ambassador what's a movie.
Now what's amazing to me is as the candidate of Hollywood.
As a candidate of the left which has been very anti censorship.
Suddenly it's been -- except all the talk about censoring as long as you censoring anything which offends -- now if you want to put.
Christ in a glass with the -- and that's -- If you want to have a statue of Mary -- an elephant -- that's our.
But now some -- -- makes a weird movie that no one is seen.
That's horrifying and it's the film's -- first on the case of Libya it is a falsehood.
For the president -- states and his staff member the first Sunday he had the ambassador of the UN saying over and over on every show.
This was not a terrorist attack this was a spontaneous response that is baloney whether she was simply out of the loop -- didn't know issues saying.
-- she was deliberately lying.
It is total baloney.
The message was sent from al-Qaeda.
To use 9/11 to kill Americans in response for -- in revenge for.
The American killing the top balcony to figure -- a Libyan who was killed in Pakistan.
Now that traffic was there in fact we've now been -- there's -- -- -- were so many administrations said.
We were trying to analyze what this message meant.
Now you hit a message that says try to kill some Americans on 9/11 to get even for what the Americans did to us in Pakistan.
It should be pretty obvious as soon as you translate the message what it meant.
See you once and for that I even know why you need a warning I've -- of those parts of the world and they are very uncomfortable and they are very uncertain they're very turbulent times.
And when you're an American countries those you have to be very vigilant and when you are an ambassador or represents -- state that the country.
I would expect that there would be incredible security and you would expect on September 11 that you -- -- Take really vulnerable -- administration is also deceiving people about the people were killed with the ambassador I am told unequivocally.
Of the four people involved.
Two of them end of the investors for the people to -- not his security team to the more people who have been hired for the consulate.
To help the consulate but they weren't huge he'd apparently showed up and -- -- -- on 9/11 men Ghazi is.
The most radical city and in Libya it produced more foreign fighters to kill Americans in Iraq than anyplace except Saudi Arabia.
What what what does this administration gain by getting in Iran in that it admin and sticking to the -- revision is suppose -- got -- run in the first they thought it was the provocation of the YouTube they made a mistake because they've got the -- Cairo embassy sending out messages.
Suppose -- got a -- but they kept pounding in Sydney sees that they wouldn't let him go for eight days why would they saw hung up on that I think.
They're two things going on the first is.
I think the President Obama.
Deep didn't didn't in his own belief system.
Cannot bring him do believe did accept the fact that there's a radical Islamist faction.
That is totally incompatible of American values and so he keeps looking for any other excuse any other explanation.
If in fact -- was -- was strong enough and clever enough to kill the American ambassador humanizing.
Then all of a victory dances they've been doing about having killed.
Osama bin Laden are tracked pretty funny -- they're there as there is wrong.
As President Bush having had the mission accomplished.
Session on the aircraft carrier.
The fact is.
We don't -- much deeper struggle.
It has much greater implications.
And nobody and our national establishment wants to have an honest conversation.
About how hard this is going to be and how long this is gonna -- not necessarily like Afghanistan and Iraq who wouldn't have people out there who hate us.
And who want to kill us and who want to defeat our civilization.
For a very long what -- Prisoners and many Americans have war fatigue.
Many Americans who we are real wants -- Afghanistan yesterday I think we should have.
City if if fuel our presidents and I'm writing you want to be presently what would you be doing it tonight how -- you handle -- differently.
Well first -- I think we should have a total reassessment over -- terror strategy for the region.
I think they should suspend that all of the aid to Egypt right now.
When you're the prime minister of Egypt explaining that Americans a better start censoring themselves -- will be more reliance.
Why would -- -- a billion dollars.
I that would be reassessing the whole region I think.
We have to confront Iraq is not particularly working Afghanistan is not particularly working we have no strategy for Pakistan.
Egypt is sliding away remember.
They have they have the Muslim Brotherhood who we all thought it was fairly radical is now the moderate wing Egypt there is a selloff -- -- is far more radical.
In the Muslim Brotherhood.
And I I don't think we appreciate it how much turmoil the region is going to be -- We do an assessment and we discover let's give -- a worst case scenario that said that an -- as bad as many of us.
-- hope it does not.
That what do you do well Alabama actually having a press conference tomorrow at that the National Press Club.
With Scott noble to lay out a strategy and I think the first thing you do.
-- you create an American energy policy that creates is Romney has said -- North American energy independence in this decade because.
WikiLeaks published -- Hillary Clinton memo and 2010.
And what she said the saudis are clearly the leading funders of terrorism and we don't seem to be able to get them to stop.
Now his -- -- by the way in this administration we've actually increased the amount of oil were buying from Saudi Arabia.
So we are askew saudis to increase oil production so weakened by more of their oil so we can send more money to them so they can find the very people who are attacking embassies in burning flags and killing Americans.
That's -- pretty irrational national strategy I think we need a new American energy strategy that decisively.
And liberate us from relying on the Middle East right -- -- a Twitter account you also acute or an op Ed piece that they accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton -- -- of intellectual dishonesty.
Well they both said immediately after the killing an ambassador this was quote a senseless act.
That is profoundly misleading for the American people this was an act of war.
These were very sensible people who hate us.
They were doing something very delivered this isn't some mob being senseless.
And none of our panel actually so willing to deal with us when we had somebody jumped up yelling -- up bar and Fort Hood and -- thirteen Americans.
They describe it as workplace violence.
When we had a Pakistan anywhere they car bomb in in the middle -- city.
The first reaction of the mayor of New Yorkers to say -- it could be somebody is opposed to obamacare let's not rush to judgment.
Mean the desire of our leads to avoid being honest about the war were in there -- people on this planet.
Who are Islamic supremacist.
Their interest as a Sony said today we're moving from an Arab Spring to an Islamist winter.
And these people want to defeat us they know exactly what they're doing.
Then they talk about it every day in their mosques -- not a -- most Muslims -- declare it is not Islam phobia.
To describe the extremist -- As people who want to defeat the west and established supremacy they say it every day on the web sites that they're they're actually pretty open about this.
What does that well -- -- but to our ally in the region.
Who has Israel sort of fit into this whole dynamic of what's going on right now I that I have to break up -- his cousin watching FOX & Friends this morning.
The had a picture of the president meeting with the pirates.
Who was just devastated from Oneida sentiment -- and it is an old picture of them dressed like a pirate day.
And they're making the point the president can go on Letterman that he can't -- -- Netanyahu.
He can go campaign minicamp he -- -- -- you know a guided the Israelis have a huge problem they have a decaying Egyptian government don't want front.
They have increased threats from Gaza and from the Sinai and they have.
They're collapsing Syrian dictatorship Syria has an enormous supply of chemical weapons.
-- those things get out of control and this is part of what happened -- -- -- That that is the Libyan government collapsed the extremists got a ton of weapons of the -- many of them an -- recently to take over the northern half of that country.
And and so you're seeing as -- these dictatorships collapsed.
You're seeing more and more weapons get -- hands of extremists the Israelis have a real fear.
The Syria may well use you -- suddenly she Syrian chemical weapons being stranded them by Hezbollah.
In being very substantial quantity.
Cannot -- meeting with prime minister Netanyahu was unusual the first message to all the White House was -- his scheduled to -- he didn't fit his schedule.
The second one that came out several hours -- the -- and it.
Is that they never asked -- meeting.
Can say you know I aggregate -- its its surveys I don't know they've.
They they didn't they didn't fit his schedule to have a meeting that hadn't been requested and they just so they randomly indicate that he was really busy -- And then later turned out there and -- is I didn't wanna meeting.
But I mean and he's very mean that -- very important times and it it's really sort of hard and understand.
It was a.
There's a report last week and they get the -- slightly wrong but that the president only taken -- 38%.
Of his daily intelligence briefs he's read you know all right so option depending of course I don't follow up question -- you grade I horses O'Brien -- -- probably can absorb all this information.
Fast in the rest of us.
But it did just tells you this this is a almost like a vaudeville act this this is the presidency is entertainment.
It's not the presidency is leadership it's not the president's his commander in chief.
An amateur and entertainer in chief is a very comforting concept given the level of danger we now see in the world mister speaker and nice to see -- good to see you and straight.