Newt has it right on Obama-Egypt debacle
Obama is a reactionary
The McLaughlin Group generally thought that Obama played it right on Egypt and came out favorably. I disagree and so does Newt Gingrich. First, the CIA and State Department were way off course in not knowing what was happening.
VP Biden led the parade of miscues starting with a statement that the US was behind Mubarak.
Then there was the amiable ambling president and Leon Panetta just trying to ride the wave.
In the end, what matters is the US backing of the Egyptian military.
“Gingrich: Obama Handling of Mubarak Ouster Raises 'Trust' Issues for Other Allies
Published February 13, 2011
Leading Republicans offered conflicting assessments Sunday of President Obama's handling of the Egyptian political turmoil, a crisis that kept White House officials on their toes as they tried to respond to constantly changing developments resulting Friday in Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, among several potential 2012 presidential candidates who were critical of Obama's response, sustained that criticism Sunday and questioned whether the president's handling could erode other allies' "trust" in the United States.
Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Gingrich suggested the administration should have stayed relatively quiet about the turmoil while pressuring Mubarak behind closed doors to leave. He invoked an incident last weekend when the administration's envoy publicly called for Mubarak to stay, only to be rebuffed by other administration officials.
"When you appoint a very senior diplomat to be your special ambassador, he makes a statement in Munich about what we're doing, and three hours later, the White House is directly contradicting him," Gingrich said, using that as an example of the kind of "confusing" response he had earlier criticized Obama for executing.