Obama Doctrine under fire
Will president continue to lead from behind?
- Duration 9:17
- Date Mar 22, 2013
Will president continue to lead from behind?
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Special audience edition of Hannity and tonight I'm joined by -- now Middle East experts elected officials political analysts are much more.
Now in a moment you can hear directly from our audience -- first.
On a week when President Obama made his very first trip to Israel since taking office more than four years ago we continue to see more of the same from our campaigner in chief now he met with.
Israel's leaders he spoke to the youth but as usual.
He offered no real solutions for Middle East peace and despite -- to bridge the gap that he created with one of our biggest allies.
Well it's gonna take a lot more than a few days in Israel to fix the reckless foreign policy of the past four years luckily President Obama is aware of the challenge.
A meeting none of these challenges will be easy this is not easy ultimately.
There's a really hard problem it is a hard slog.
To work through all of these issues so it's just because it's hard precisely because it's -- Yes mister president aside from hitting the links -- Tiger Woods and talent around -- JC beyoncé you know -- being the leader of the free world that's hard work.
Now although Obama received a warm welcome from most Israelis his trip well did not go entirely as plan.
Now it started with protests in the west bank and that included burning of the American flag and the burning of images of Obama himself.
And then there was some well heart trouble when the armored Cadillac limo that was supposed to transport the president.
All throughout the holy land well that broke down the -- put in the wrong fuel and it had to be -- And what what -- presidential speech be without -- while few hecklers to listen what happened in Jerusalem.
I believe your future is bound to -- us.
I don't know.
And with reminders throughout the week of his failures to address tensions in the Middle East for the past four years what happens from here.
Is Obama gonna continue as foreign policy approach that simply is not work.
Where it's gonna charting new course to help answer that question we bring in now -- distinguish studio audience for the -- all.
Thanks for being here.
You can give yourselves a hand you know.
-- Am I wrong show -- -- my belief that strongly held -- one of the biggest challenges the world now faces.
Is the rise of radical islamists how many of you agree with that.
Anybody disagree nobody here disagrees do you think for better or worse has Obama made the situation in the Middle East better raise your hand.
-- the approval the United States is lower -- -- world but it wasn't George W.
Bush is presented an unclear message as to where the United States should be going where the Arab world should be going.
He's refused to call the -- who did what they are an enemy of civilization over the Arabs and the Voss.
And the call for.
Real of -- continuation of the war on terror refuses to use the word enemies use the word Jihad and who engaged in ideological war which this war like the Cold War.
It's right before we get to everybody else's comments member of Georgetown University there was a crucifix.
And early in the Obama presence -- they cover that.
OK let's take a look at Obama this is him speaking in over his head as a picture of a known terrorists whose name is Yasser Arafat.
Now if -- cover the cross.
I wouldn't speak.
With a picture of Arafat over my head as the US president would you monochrome.
I absolutely would not but have you noticed no criticism of this no criticism that for me in separate John Kennedy and the rest of us here on this panel know criticism the media is completely in his pocket we talked about this many times.
When you talk about it -- -- the situation in the Middle East worse if he's exacerbated tensions.
If he has encouraged the rise of the -- -- I would argue absolutely.
Look at the policy toward Egypt a long standing US ally he throws -- report when we get this place a Muslim Brotherhood sworn enemy of the United States in the west.
Look at Libya yes Muammar Qaddafi was a terrorist who killed Americans but by the time the Barack Obama became president Moammar Qaddafi was co operating with our intelligence services.
Providing huge amounts of Intel.
About al-Qaeda in the Muslim Brotherhood operations in North Africa.
He is now gone what do you have been displaced chaos but also islamists Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda welfare and and it's happening across the Middle East.
With his a -- with his encouragement.
She can only come away with looking at Obama's middle east policy.
As something that is against US interests and in the interest of the islamists that are taking power this is a.
A great point because he didn't want his apology tour on a play that cut in just a second year but -- it's interesting congressman -- -- Because we're giving it.
Mohamed Morsi who refer to our allies.
As the Israelis as the descendants of apes and pigs were given MF sixteens were given them tanks we'll get the one point five billion dollars.
And then these you know I'm trying to understand the logic behind that.
-- well and that's why he's doing so well.
Amongst radicals and why he's not doing well with most of the Muslim world -- You know and met with Muslims in the northern alliance in Afghanistan.
They know they've been thrown under the bus the people that defeated that the Taliban initially.
You go around the world that the different places who it's -- that Muslims that have sided with us.
They've been thrown under the bus.
So he's out there plugging the radicals in and you bring up -- -- You've -- George W.
Bush would not meet with -- Arafat in the White House because he knew.
How that devastated.
Our friends and encouraged our our our enemies you remember even in the Google logs in in the Soviet Union.
When when Reagan said.
Evil empire about Soviet Union.
They applauded it gave them strength it helped him push forward.
And and you you know -- talks about that.
And this president doesn't get it didn't Nathan Sharansky -- -- -- and yes that he was in the go argument I found out.
A president use those two words helped it made incredible.
And then of course there's a famous infamous speech by Alexander Solzhenitsyn member and -- -- -- Americans as a you guys are blowing into here.
Two things this week ambassador Bolton good to see you too and we're gonna get everybody in our promise.
King of -- of of Jordan said.
We're making a big mistake by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Before I ask -- question I wanna take you back to Barack Obama's apology -- and ask you this was effective and if you can tie the events together let's -- let's take.
America what every other nation has made mistakes.
And has its balls in America there's a failure to appreciate.
Europe's leading role in the world.
Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges.
There have been times where America's shown arrogance.
And been dismissive.
Even the -- of 9/11 was an enormous from wrong to our country.
The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable.
But in some cases it led us to act contrary.
To our traditions and our ideals.
We are taking concrete actions to change course.
I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States and I've ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay close by early next year.
-- the United States has done much.
Promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere.
-- at times been disengaged.
And at times we -- up to dictate our terms.
Arrogant to rescind.
-- this -- contrary -- deals America's guilty of torture.
And yet we're given money to the Muslim Brotherhood tell me what's wrong with that when you juxtapose those two what's wrong with that.
But those kinds of comments don't -- -- -- friends they're seen as signs of weakness and they are they're seeing is signs this president thinks history began with his administration.
And when we tolerate and indeed encouraged Muslim Brotherhood type movements around the region and disregard.
Friends like king -- -- like -- Other friends in the Arab world we are giving encouragement to those who are gonna try -- overthrow him and that's why.
If we think things are bad the Middle East today get ready they're getting.
Worse -- Abdullah said that the Muslim Brotherhood -- wolves in sheep's clothing.
We give what do you do at the F sixteens that we give them -- the tanks we give them -- the money we give them what do you think they'll do with us well I think we should suspend all assistance to Egypt until Morsi apologizes for some of the things he said I think it's worth.
Pursuing the military and Egypt that's the only stable pro American women elemental Larry now the leaders have been replaced like war but some -- before he completely replaces them and -- does all the -- that we've given him over the years it's a very important country because -- Morsi.
-- -- on the Camp David accord the foundation of our policy in that region for thirty years we in Israel learned real pro Barbara got to take a break -- -- we're gonna get everybody and I promise.