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
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Go USA!

    Newt was blind to everything the GOP did wrong for the last 20 years! Who is HE to lecture the President!

    July 26, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Newt knows this topic is easy pickens given Obama's record. America needs to open its eyes and let Obama know that they can see through the media's attempts to hide his agenda. Let him know that we see what he is pushing for and it isn't what Americas want. We want liberty and freedom. Remember that from history class or did the liberals remove it from the text books already.

    July 26, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. America's Leadership: The-New-Three-Stooges: Obama, Pelosi, & Reid

    Way to go Newt! Take Obozo to the wood shed and let him have it! Newt ALWAYS tells it like it is. He is the straightest shooter in the bunch. He pulls no punches and has ideas for problems. How I wish we could toss Obozo TODAY and replace him with Newt. I just hope we can survive another 2 years until we can toss Obozo on the trash heap of history and get this country moving again with people like NEWT.

    July 26, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    I hope ginGRINCH runs with Sarah Palin as his VP in 2012 – the LOSER and the QUITTER!!!!

    July 26, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Joe McCarthy Revisited

    This guy is a doofus! No clue!

    July 26, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Joey Tx

    Here we go! Another washed up politician looking to score points for a come back. We can't be fooled twice Mr. G. Your tactic is old and stale. The divide and conquer strategy only works with the ignorant especially your "base". Make us fear Islam so we can hire you to protect us – Grand Idea. I got a better one, why not get lost until you come up with something better. I am probably more concerned with the extremist Right Wing who distort data to achieve division. You are all playing from the same defunct play book. Americans will not be fooled again; at least not by you. We know your number.

    July 26, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. one voice

    This is another GOP CLOWN that gets a hard on thinking about endless war.

    July 26, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. pzanga

    So Newt is going to tell us all about "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality."
    I have 2 words to he can use to make his point- "Mission Accomplished"

    July 26, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. IKHAN

    What a crying shame.This man is allowed to spew his poison in public.

    He seems to be clearly siding with AlQaeda & Talibans who broadcast the same message of a battle between the West & Islam.
    This message helps terrorists recruit young pliable youths to their side & thus increase attacks against our troops in Iraq & Afghanistan.
    In this context Newt Gingrich & others involved in this propaganda are to be considered ant-American.
    Whose interests do they represent??

    July 26, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    CNN could someone do a story on why Newt was not in the public eye for so many years. I am not sure, wasn't he can of ask to leave due to misconduct, or too many wives or something like that?

    July 26, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Here are two examples of "willful blindness" I'd like Gingrich to address:

    1. August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US"

    2. GW Bush Administration's refusal to meet with Richard Clarke and the Clinton transition team regarding the threat of al Qaeda.

    July 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Larry

    I get tired of this clown running his mouth.

    "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 only bipartisan committee republicans want is more useless wars and more running our economy into the ground.

    Gingrich is blind to the Bush years.

    July 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. BJs65

    Newt. Give it up. No way will you get into the White House. No way. We will stop at nothing to remind people of your HYPOCRISY. You call yourselves the "moral party" – yeah, your wife is in the hospital suffering from cancer and you're boinking your secretary.

    July 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. NYC REPUB

    lol......Those who call this President an idiot, are themselves blind......Newt will be destroyed by Obama in a debate. Simple and plain......The only competition to Obama is Mitt Romney....and that's only while the unemployment rate is still high..........

    This man (Obama, is a scholar), he was a high profile lawyer, in the private sector, and did community organizing, as pro bono work.

    Those who think his Presidency is over lol, should sit back and enjoy the ride until 2012......
    If the GOP takes the house back, it will be an entertaining 2 years to see Obama run circles around the GOP.
    See u in 2 years....SUCKERS......

    The conservatives have no plans, their philosophy is say No., and if they need a new plan, they ask their grandmothers. Trapped in Tradition.

    July 26, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. billybob 'n NC

    Is old Newt going to tell about his affair while his wife was hospitalized? Maybe he can share more about the WMDs found in Iraq.... idiot! Don't these people ever go away?

    July 26, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    We have been fighting the same enemy under the last 6 administration(30-35 yrs)! Its a shame that Newt can't come up with any new ideas. We have not just woke up to this threat. Now how do you blame the current President for the mess we are in. Carter and Reagan saw it in Iran! What did we do about it? Aasolutely nothing! I think we attacked Grenada!

    July 26, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Dano

    The GOP can only survive when it has an enemy, real or imagined, to frighten Americans with. Whether it's the Commies, Japs, blacks, Mexicans, or anyone of the Muslim faith, having someone to fear and hate is essential to their very existence. When the Newtster says he wants us to "rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America", he really means Congress should just continue funding the war machine, never questioning the wisdom of the war(s), as that would make them unpatriotic and un-American.

    July 26, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Jess C

    Oh great, we get to look forward to the same old broken record. The GOP's best, albeit, worn out political strategy is playing the FEAR card. Newt, you make me want to press the fast-forward button...... yawn....yadda....yadda....boring.

    July 26, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. JohnM

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. This dingleberry is as koo-koo as they come. In his blind hate for America and the principles(something this guy wouldn't know about even if it was pointed out for him) which our founding fathers based our freedoms on, he's once again proven he's an irrational nitwit.

    July 26, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. aunt Bea and Opie

    Newt,the Clutch Cargo lookin freak,will never be anything,not even dog catcher,hahaha

    July 26, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Gingrich?

    – Isn't he the guy who, in 1996, shutdown the Federal government by allowing previously-approved appropriations to expire on schedule – all because he felt snubbed by President Clinton for not letting him sit with the US presidents to and from Yitzhak Rabin's funeral in Israel?

    – The same Gingrich who was sanctioned by Congress for ethics violations in 1997?

    – Who resigned in 1998 in disgrace from Congress?

    – Who's been married three times, and served his first wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery?

    Yeah, right, he's someone worth listening to ....

    July 26, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    A newt pretending to be a hawk. Pathetic.

    July 26, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. what a joke

    Heh this old farts 15 minutes where up years ago. This is the guy who wrote then broke the contract with America but his true values do fall right in line with the party. you know mess around on the wife then beg god(and his so called followers) for forgiveness.

    July 26, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. hypocricnnation

    Mr. Newt (Gangrene) Gingrich Should Save His Partisan Rhetoric For When He Has All His Facts Straight.

    July 26, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. chris

    The Right Wings' mantra – "Be afraid, Be very afraid!" They are going to get you! Only by putting Republicans in charge of everything will you be safe! Civil rights only get in the way and are distractions! Anyone who doesn't completely agree with us is a wimpy socialist who is out to destroy America!

    July 26, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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