Newt Gingrich expands criticism of U.S. reaction to Egyptian revolution

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Earlier this afternoon, we posted on the different tones on the Egyptian revolution sounded by potential Republican candidates for president and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, now the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press’ Atlanta bureau followed former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich on his second foray into Iowa this year, where Gingrich continued his criticism:

FRUITLAND, Iowa — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday blasted the Obama administration’s handling of the political upheaval in Egypt as “clumsy” and “amateurish.

In an interview on Saturday, Gingrich said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to step down amid mass protests was “good for the future.”

But the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate said the Democratic administration has been sending confusing signals that could damage U.S. credibility.

“You couldn’t tell from day to day what the policy was,” Gingrich said.

He warned that by publicly supporting the ouster of Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally, when political winds turned against his iron-fisted rule, the White House may have sent a message that discourages other leaders in unfriendly parts of the world from cooperating with American interests.

“There are a lot of things that you say in private that you don’t say in public,” Gingrich said.

The author and former Georgia congressman, who was House speaker from 1995 to 1999, made the remarks on a swing Saturday through the snowy farmland of eastern Iowa where he was gauging support for a possible White House run.

Most Republicans angling to take Obama’s job avoided any mention of the unfolding events in Egypt in speeches before conservative activists in Washington.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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findog

February 12th, 2011
5:53 pm

The man was speaker from 95 to 98 [not 99] and we had to pay for a special election when he quit [aka cowardice under fire] when he was thrown out by the GOP, whom he excused of eating their own, and by that time had come to understand that he is a self absorbed idiot with grand illusions of his own self importance. Yes, the man has great ideas, but he does not have the temperament to actually lead…

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The Centrist

February 12th, 2011
6:02 pm

The Obama administration clearly and calmly said to let the Egyptian Revolution play itself out. Newt and Friends clumsy and “amateurishly screamed that Obama must intervene immediately with no plan of action or adequate intel, and how radicals might take over the country. Now Newt and Friends say that Obama sent mixed messages?

G5

February 12th, 2011
6:18 pm

I believe a man who asks his wife for a divorce while she’s in a hospital with cancer so he can marry a younger woman whom he was having an affair with. Oh yeah, he’s got credibility.

khc

February 12th, 2011
6:20 pm

nobody in their right mind would follow his orders

GAPeach

February 12th, 2011
6:21 pm

Newt is no Egypt expert. And why is anyone still listening to him about much of anything.

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Question Man

February 12th, 2011
6:45 pm

Why when President Obama acts does Newt Gingrich feel obligated to oppose it, and why so often on a personal level?

pn

February 12th, 2011
6:47 pm

Newt is the very definition of a demagogue. Beware of people willing to say or do anything to obtain power.

AnnaGrace

February 12th, 2011
7:22 pm

Please stop writing about this fool. Just please.

Gman

February 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

Newt is a fornicating, lying, scumbag with the courage of a slug. And that’s being kind.

Newt is nuts

February 12th, 2011
7:54 pm

Please, Jim Galloway, hold down the political coverage of Newt and Palin. One knows everything but doesn’t know when and where to reveal it. The other knows nothing but doesn’t know how to stop others from finding that out.

DannyX

February 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

Newt is right. This thing isn’t over until 5,000 Americans lives are lost, we spend 1 trillion dollars and kill a 100,000 or so civilians.

Freedom isn’t free.

Newt's former constituent

February 12th, 2011
8:54 pm

Newt needs to make up his mind.. is he going to be the intelligent, adult who leads people to better public policy or is he going to be the red meat grinding, say anything to get attention type of candidate? He just doesn’t look good doing the latter.

Road Scholar

February 12th, 2011
9:07 pm

Danny X: Have you enlisted yet? I mean you sound like you want to be the first ashore! Oh, right, right after the Big Newt!

Oh, and Newt, the policy was one of quiet diplomacy and one where we let a non-violent, controlled evolution to Democracy. Oh yeah, Repubs don’t believe in evolution , do they? Just beating their chest and criticizing.

LukasAtl

February 12th, 2011
9:25 pm

I think it should be obvious that Newt and his ilk are nothing but tratorious, base, hypocrites. They pay lip service to the principles and values upon which this nation was founded, but in the end they would support authoritarian dictators and tyrants. Maybe they should re-educate themselves about the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,[72] that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Do we really believe these words, and are we willing to stand by them? Or do we join the likes of Newt and the rest in brazen hypocracy?

Ron

February 12th, 2011
9:32 pm

Bravo AnnaGrace.

Recent Grad

February 12th, 2011
9:35 pm

Yeah, what DannyX said. Or here’s a novel idea: We mind our own business and let Egyptians decide what’s best for Egyp. Nah, nah, just kidding. What DannyX said.

td

February 12th, 2011
10:15 pm

Newt and Sarah sure do bring out the hate mongers to the blogs. You libs are just jealous that these two are smarter than your whole lot put together. LMAO

rooster

February 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

If the Republicans allow Gingrich or Palin anywhere near their ticket in 2012, they deserve to get beat.

cs

February 13th, 2011
12:00 am

Da#$ Egypt, Gingrich, and Obamma. What Egypt needs is what the talking heads say makes America great. ….some good old fashioned multi-culturalism. Therefore, in the spirit of peace and prosperity, America should offer 8 million illegal hispanics and Europe 8 million whiteys to make Egypt the land of confusion Amerika has become.

Toccoa Reader

February 13th, 2011
12:01 am

Gingrich and Palin should both go away. The media should help by not writing about them.

Real Athens

February 13th, 2011
12:21 am

The picture says it all.

UGA graduate

February 13th, 2011
1:43 am

I keep wondering how Newt’s head keeps from exploding, containing the most enormous ego of any politician of my lifetime. Newt bothered to come back to Georgia to run for statewide office, knowing he would have a humiliating defeat. Maybe a Presidential race is what this country needs, so he will go away and never be heard from again. Same goes for Caribou Barbie, go away!

double

February 13th, 2011
2:03 am

with the people we elect in Ga.Newt thinks he has a good chance.to win 1 state.

twogun

February 13th, 2011
3:35 am

newt is no saint but he’s smarter than obama, slaaama, yo mamma, moooslum lovin ,commie, pinko,kenyan

Winfield J. Abbe

February 13th, 2011
5:29 am

America must stop setting up and supporting these little dictators all over the world as our governments have been doing now for decades, from Cuba to Haiti to Egypt to Iran to Iraq and on and on and on. We don’t want democracy and honest rule in these countries at all because then we couldn’t so easily dictate what they do from across the oceans. Is it any wonder the rest of the world hates us so despite all the billions of hard earned dollars provided to them over the years? The book “The Ugly American” was published in 1958, but the dumb Americans never learn their lesson. End all foreign aid and stop all wars today, and end the failed corrupt war on drugs. Our government is staffed with career, unelected corrupt idiots in the State Department throwing our money down the cesspool for nothing.
Also, close all these foreign bases. America is not only stupid and brainwashed, it is broke too.
We must first stop spending money we don’t have and which is borrowed or America will no longer exist as we know it. The idiots elected to Congress are clearly not intelligent or courageous enough to face squarely and solve these problems which go on year in and year out.

Travis McGee

February 13th, 2011
6:09 am

Twogun: Thanks for your intelligent contribution to the debate.

The truth is that in a situation like Egypt, it is best for a government to operate through the back channels rather than on TV and I have every reason to believe that’s the course Obama and the government took. It’s rather unusual for the US to be calm and diplomatic after years of sabre rattling, but that was/is the proper course in my judgement.

As far as Gingrich is concerned, he carries more baggage that Zsa Zsa Gabor and Paris Hilton and has zero credibility so he must resort to hyperbole, exaggeration and the extrreme to separate himself from the herd of candidates. His day has come and gone.

Sick of Republicans

February 13th, 2011
6:10 am

Newt – nothing that comes out of your mouth will ever convince me that you are anything more than a scum bag. Sure you got backers but I question their intelligence. How soon before you move on to wife number 4? You might be intelligent but you have no scruples or morals. Just shut up and move on to your big retirement home with wifey.

UNaffiliated Voter

February 13th, 2011
6:41 am

Ron Paul/Herman Cain 2012 !!!

WTF

February 13th, 2011
8:14 am

Someone needs to lock Newt, Palin and O’Riley in a room and let them shout each other to death – unquite deplomacy for the the good to America. Agree completely, the AJC should only post something from these idiots when it pertinent, logical and constructive . . another words, don’t print a damn thing they say!

Keep doing this GOP

February 13th, 2011
8:21 am

Note to W, Cheney , and all those other neo-cons out there, this is the way you do regime change.
Idiots
Like Germany, Poland, etc. etc. Let the people of those countries change the government, you dont force it.

jconservative

February 13th, 2011
8:24 am

LukasAtl February 12th, 2011 9:25 pm

Nice post. Nice contribution to the debate.

At times we all talk about “American exceptionalism” but seem to want to keep it all to ourselves. Your post, correctly I believe, points out that what has made the US Reagan’s “shining city on the hill” has
been our ability to share that ideal with the rest of the world.

There are times when one needs to rise above the pettiness of partisan politics. Those 18 days in Egypt were one of those times.

Gingrich and a few others simply missed the boat. But missing the boat is a habit Gingrich as had his entire career. There is no reason he is still not Speaker of the House except his inability to put his personal desires second to the public good.

No, he will not be President. He will make a lot of noise and make a lot of money. And at this stage of his life, that is probably his desire.

Sam I Am

February 13th, 2011
8:32 am

What’s the point of the largest military in the world X10 if we don’t get to play army with it? Who do they think they are taking back their own country, that’s our job.

Cutty

February 13th, 2011
8:39 am

Again its not about what the United States want nor is it about what Israel wants. Its what the millions of people the live in Egypt want. Its their county they have a right to self rule and to run “their government” the way that they want to. We can’t go along supporting dictatorships any longer. The world is much smaller now and we look like fools saying one thing and doing another. A guy being president for 30 years and grooming his son to be his successor sounds like a dictatorship to me. That cold war sh*t will not cut it anymore. We wouldn’t want that here but its okay for millions of Egyptians to live in damn near bondage so Israel can be “comfortable”. The sad thing is that most americans don’t even realize that this type of stuff has been going on for decades.

Just more hate mongering. These neocons don’t realize that we can’t do business the way we used too. First the enemy was the communist now its the terrorists. They want to go to war for every little thing.

Anyone notice that the guy in the brown pants on the left is totally asleep?

Fire Eater

February 13th, 2011
8:43 am

Newt is an INTERNATIONALIST. That American interests may be impacted by Egyptian turmoil and it would be entirely appropriate to use force to keep Suez open, Gingrich is an advocate of the “invade the world, invite the world” policy.

Note that the neo-connish YAF voted to “purge” Ron Paul for “anti-American activity” on the same day he won the CPAC straw poll.

hsgrad

February 13th, 2011
8:51 am

There are some truly inspiring speakers on TED.com. The program is on LINK TV, Wednesday’s at 7:30.

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Robert Priester

February 13th, 2011
9:07 am

Newt knows as much about this as he did about family values and his bogus contract with America.

Robert Priester

February 13th, 2011
9:10 am

It looks like most of his crowd will be dead before election day. The ne on the left seems to have alreay expired.

reggie

February 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Bring it on Grinch and all that stuff in your closet will make Fred Sandford home look like Buckingham Palace!!! Plus, if it were Bush, you and all your buddies would have nothing but praise!!!! You redneck hypocrit!!!!!!!!!!!

claytondawg

February 13th, 2011
9:31 am

I have both Republican and Libertarian leanings and still disagree with Newt. The Egyptians did their work, so leave them alone!!! So far, so good; it’s been a peaceful revolution. Stay out of it.

B. Thenet

February 13th, 2011
9:46 am

Peaceful revolutions in former Soviet nations: Good
Peaceful revolutions in Middle East countries: Bad

Thanks for the update Newt.

He has to be one of the dumbest history doctorates in the entire country. He needs to stop writing books, and start reading some history textbooks.

old stuff

February 13th, 2011
10:05 am

has the old fossil gingrich dumped his wife for a newer model yet like he did before? He needs something a lot younger looking on the campaign trail—his camp needs to find some candidates.

wdm

February 13th, 2011
10:28 am

Newt is going to be sworn in as President in January of 2013 and all you whining crybabies will be calling him Mr. President and Sarah Palin Madam Vice President. I can’t wait for that to happen to all you liberal whiners.

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catlady

February 13th, 2011
10:51 am

If it isn’t about Newt, he is going to insert himself into the debate. Same for Sarah. Let’s wait breathlessly to see what she thinks about it (Quick, someone, read the news to her and show her where Egypt is on a map. Explain she cannot see it from her porch.)

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Ramguy

February 13th, 2011
11:53 am

@td
You libs are just jealous that these two are smarter than your whole lot put together.

I guess if you’re going to dream, you may as well dream big.

deegee

February 13th, 2011
11:54 am

Would you look at that gathering for Newt? It looks like the community room at Brighton Gardens when they have the sing-a-long hour.