Paul Ryan compares Mideast protests to '1979 Tehran'
Is the VP candidate's contrast fair?
- Duration 4:39
- Date Sep 25, 2012
Is the VP candidate's contrast fair?
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All right welcome back everybody vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan slamming president Obama's handling of anti American protests overseas in the key swing state of Ohio.
He was in Cincinnati and then Lima comparing the situation to Iran's 1979 revolution which eventually.
But the protesters storm in the US embassy taking dozens of Americans hostage.
And holding them for months.
So when the president came and office.
He made these grand speeches beautiful rhetoric.
And he made the case that the power of his personality in his persuasion powers.
Would calm things in the Muslim world would make things would make people respect doesn't like us that much more.
Turn on the TV and it's not -- -- remind -- 1979 Tehran.
But they're burning our flags in capitals all around the world -- storming our embassies we've lost four of our diplomats.
And what does this signal that our government is sending the rest of the world.
We're being equivocal.
On our values.
We're being slow to speak up for for individual rights for human rights for democracy.
We're seeing country stifle freedom in Iran and Russia and all these other areas.
And we're saying we're gonna got our national security our military.
That projection week.
-- debate all this tell Bob Beckel former democratic campaign manager and your ten terrorist daily news columnist they're both co host.
Of the 5 good morning to both you serious come here and we like to have fun with you have -- you know -- -- on President Obama and who knows what they'll say about Libya and Egypt the ambassador Stephens and the meeting or no meeting -- Benjamin Netanyahu but what about the point Paul Ryan makes -- Andrea ladies first time us.
I think he's dead on look in 1979.
We ousted an -- may -- not a nice sky.
But we did the same thing here when we encourage Mubarak to step down we urge him to step down.
And we also assisted even though we were leading from behind.
Ousting Qaddafi again both men not good men that we needed strong leaders in place.
Now we have the Muslim Brotherhood in control in Egypt.
And we just threw the Libyan president under the bus last week when when the White House basically said.
He -- -- know what he's talking about with regard to the fact that al-Qaeda was behind the attack stability very very similar.
The Muslim world right now in the Middle East looks at us like we have no -- And judging by the remarks I've read the president's speech that they've released there's no meat on those bones either again we see the -- the -- that he thinks he can deliver a speech.
Centuries of hatred to make room for Bob well you you made -- -- yeah exactly right the idea of compares these two.
Events I was in the White House in 1979.
And I know what.
Went down on that hole.
Iranian situation and did not think of terrible -- people died our military died in the rescue attempt.
There's been -- tragedy in both cases where people died but in terms of the scope.
The comparison between the two simply does stand up.
Now you could argue that the administration didn't have their ducks in -- -- of the of the intelligence they -- But I think what's happened here is a terrible lack of coordination between -- branches of government.
And the story does not get -- we predicted this was terrorist act on the five the -- it happened.
Paul Ryan's point those that were projecting weakness about the -- and you do you think now all these putting boiling points -- work.
Well I mean there apparently you know a hundred citizens and -- guys used on the militia headquarters and drove the guys out of there.
Given what we think were -- -- responsible bill why are we taking what what against the molecular and we've hosted what are we supposed to do we supposed to land.
More troops on the ground in yet another war.
In the Middle East I mean it's so I'm not so I'm not suggesting.
-- on Capitol Hill lobbying for more aid for these countries without any kind of stipulation or any kind of payback for what they did.
Look at Bob you actually said we predicted on the five it was a terror attack and how did we know something that the White House admitted two weeks ago with self evident.
I don't want to know that I did that I -- better intelligent I didn't want to brag about it but I.
I was very limited a prediction but guys like that -- what everybody else -- obviously we want a democracy in the Middle -- we got -- Egypt we didn't like the outcome that's two -- -- -- and Bob you're right you can't comparison on day one and everybody saw that way too we'll see how the president addresses that.
In a matter of moments Bob thank you and -- thanks to you as well -- 10 o'clock o'clock.