Reaction to President Obama's UN address
Karl Rove weighs in
- Duration 5:27
- Date Sep 25, 2012
Karl Rove weighs in
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Are a number of pressing foreign policy issues been dabbling this administration right now the president touched on some of them in the speech.
Could they be deciding factors for voters in November.
How'd the president do.
With a -- for some reaction Karl Rove a Fox News contributor.
Former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to president George W.
Bush so what did you make of the president's speech.
Wheeler good parts of it is talk he talked about the necessity for democracy and tolerance throughout the world about how.
We the expansion of democracy would make for more prosperous and peaceful society and world.
I thought was strong his denunciation of the -- regime in Syria he had strong words about I ran no we will do what we must on the other hand.
You've been saying this about Syria for.
More than a year without much apparent action on the part of the United States and I think the Iranians have come to view the president as a weak leader and I'm not -- now.
How terrified they are of their pledge from the president the speech had a fundamental tension in it that's problematic he talked about an attack and assault.
Explicit we need to speak honestly about the deeper causes of this.
And said the immense suggested it was the difficulties in moving along a path to democracy -- Businesses can be can be opened without paying a bribe for freedom of speech.
He said that this that was -- the tension between.
The west in the Arab world moving to democracy and then laid a lot of the responsibility.
For the -- in the murder of -- masri refused to call -- a murder and assassination or terror attack on this video that has been.
You know -- widely described and in the media but I'm not certain widely seen in the Middle East -- -- this thing is.
I've you know I've been able to find it on the Internet and I suspect a lot of those people who are demonstrating.
And in Cairo were were were were were not people Internet today access yet he spent a lot of time tying the trouble in the Middle East to the existence of this you know purported movie.
Right and look here's the deal this week we have what appears to be a terrorist attack on 9/11.
He could not bring himself to say that the Middle East needs to confront the terrorist element within -- he once made one reference to extremist.
But other than that he tried to sort of make it look like.
This whole thing rose from the -- from the necessary and normal tensions that would happen as the air countries made their way to democracy that's simply not the case.
This happened because terrorists who hate America and who hate democracy are trying to attack America particularly on the highly symbolic -- like 9/11 and then let it the president is right we need to speak honestly about the causes of this and the cause of this is Islamic Jihad -- that must be confronted.
By these regimes in these -- these emerging democracies in the Middle East and rejected.
He is the first sitting president as I understand it in two decades not to meet with other world leaders when he comes to town to would you address what he did in -- world leaders you met with all the members of the view -- -- -- Obama more important consequence to him apparently the meeting with.
Individual leaders is over the campaign is more important than the job I absolutely I mean that look that's one live that's one of the things and unfortunately become true but just think about this 9/11 -- masters murdered played on the night and not eleven -- Ben -- by.
A well organized terrorist group.
The president United States on the morning -- the twelfth postpones his presidential daily brief with the leadership of the intelligence community and minority go to -- State Department that was appropriate.
The resident coming back from the State Department and city down with some.
Director of National Intelligence ahead of CIA the head of the military defense agencies State Department intelligence National Security Agency.
Instead what he does is he it's.
He gets on a plane flies off to Las Vegas for a fund raiser in a campaign rally I can I'm just.
Aghast that the president United States did not meet with intelligence leadership on the day after the attack on 9/11 to say what do we do and what do we know is everybody an agreement.
Who has what views on this what do you need me to do but part of the reason you're here is because you -- politics expert Americans typically don't vote foreign policy is all of this going to hurt him.
Well look -- right the main focus is the economy deficits jobs prosperity the Affordable Care Act is you're gonna dominate the landscape and I find this interesting.
Day before this all happen in Gallup was 15:44.
-- this morning it's 4846.
48 from percent for the president or 46% for -- in -- -- was 4845.
Now it's 4746.
If there's a there's been a little bit -- union in an August NBC Wall Street Journal had.
The president's approval on -- a foreign affairs 5440.
There -- -- latest one is 4946.
Did that that this the president -- not come across does a strong.
Leader on the world stage -- come across more as a politician and it's his own fault what -- won't happen on 912.
If -- said look I'm not gonna go to Las Vegas for the campaign event I don't.
For the first time since 1979.
And ambassador of the United States has been murdered.
I'm gonna sit down on our intelligence agents and agencies and we're gonna we're gonna meet and discuss what -- be done.
Did to hit back at the jihadist and two.
Get the people who did this and not only that but to further damage and the networks that brought this about it steady got on an airplane flew off to give a rally at a high school and in.
And then collect a bunch of -- that's distinctly.
A likely candidate not like much in -- like.
And and in that Las Vegas speech suggested that those who are out there campaigning for him were.
Working as hard as those who work in the foreign service and even our troops -- correct.
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