July 26th, 2010
12:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich to blast Obama's 'willful blindless' in security speech

Newt Gingrich will blast President Obama in a foreign policy address Thursday.
Newt Gingrich will blast President Obama in a foreign policy address Thursday.

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich will deliver a major national security address at the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Thursday in which he will reprimand the Obama administration's "willful blindness" to the threat of extremist Islam.

The speech - a direct challenge to the president's foreign policy judgement at a venue that's become an important stopover for Republican luminaries - is the latest sign that Gingrich is serious about a potential White House bid in 2012.

Gingrich "will warn," according to a synopsis of the event, "that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America."

Never one to shy away from his somewhat professorial reputation, Gingrich plans to draw on "the lessons of Camus and Orwell" to explain "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality."


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
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  1. therealslimshady

    Gingrich "will warn," according to a synopsis of the event, "that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America

    "The conservative American Enterprise Institute " Am confused I thought the colored folks were our enemies this week and illegals last week . Am having trouble keeping up here guys. I better tune into faux news and get caught up.

    July 26, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Jim

    Angus,

    U might want to keep up with current events. It's the RIght-Wing Religious zealots that are changing the history books. Just look at Texas.

    July 26, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Patriot

    Keep writing dime novels Newt...you are irrelevant....

    July 26, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. JWN in South Caroliina

    Hey Newt,

    Can you see WMD'S from your porch in Georgia? Thought so.

    July 26, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. GoldMember

    America's Leadership: Drank too much of Glenn Beck's koolaid?
    Where do people like you come from?

    July 26, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. cobra

    Newt will make an excellant president, he is not shy about calling a spade a spade and will not cow tow to enemies of this country.

    July 26, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. StrategicBob

    Gingrich is, as usual, wrong in all of the important ways. If you take a big picture strategic view of the situation vis-à-vis al Qaeda, bin Laden, Islamist extremism, etc., you can't help but come to the conclusion that, after 9/11, the Bush/Cheney team took bin Laden’s “Wish List” and turned it into their “To Do” list. I am not suggesting that Islamist extremism isn't dangerous. It is. And it needs to be dealt with. But it needs to be dealt with properly. There is a big difference between being strong and stupid (the Bush/Cheney way) or being strong and smart (still to be seen how close Obama gets to this standard).
    The Army has learned that strong and stupid does not work. Hell, they tried it for years in Iraq (where we had no business being in the first place and would not have been but for the lies told by the Bush/Cheney team – Iraq was behind 9/11, Iraq has WMD, international sanctions failed, etc.) and that realization led to Gen. Petraeus' new COIN doctrine.
    Gingrich ought to think about that for a bit before he goes off running his mouth. Of course, he won’t. That would actually require thinking.

    July 26, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. jon

    Mission accomplished is right. It amazes me how such a "smart" man can have such a short memory.

    July 26, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. GoldMember

    Newt Gingrich has no credibility.
    The republican party is still looking for a leader, and what is clear to me is that he is not the one.

    July 26, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Patriot

    To Angus McDugan....

    Check your facts old man...the only people messing with textbooks are the crazy right wingers-see Texas-

    And speaking of liberty and freedom...just exactly what can you NOT do today that you COULD do 3 years ago? Just exactly what part of your liberty and freedom has been taken away? You still have the freedom and liberty to go on line and express your ignorance aren't you?

    Get off the crazy bandwagon Angus

    July 26, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Lisa P

    It's hard to take seriously someone who thinks building a mosque is a major security threat. I mean, seriously. The Orwellian in the room is Newt. I won't even touch the way he defames Camus, or true scholars and historians for that matter. Please sweep him back into the Losers' Bin where he belongs!

    July 26, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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