Gingrich: We're losing war on terror
February 2nd, 2011
01:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich: We're losing war on terror

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave a grim assessment on the war on terror last night during a debate with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and suggested the situation unfolding in Egypt could pose a threat to the United States.

"Any honest assessment on 9/11 this year, ten years after the attack, I think will have to conclude that we're slowly losing the war," Gingrich said. "We're losing the war because there are madrassahs around the planet teaching hatred. We're losing the war because the network of terrorists is bigger, not smaller."

Gingrich pointed to the unrest in Egypt as posing a potential new threat to American security.

"There's a real possibility in a few weeks, if we're unfortunate, that Egypt will join Iran, and join Lebanon, and join Gaza, and join the things that are happening that are extraordinarily dangerous to us," Gingrich said.

Gingrich, who stopped short of announcing a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, debated Dean on issues ranging from immigration to the economy.

And when an audience member pressed Gingrich about his stance on gay marriage, the former speaker defended his position.

"I'm quite happy to say that I come out of a tradition that is several thousand years old that says marriage is between a man and a woman," Gingrich said. "And I'm ready to defend that tradition and I happen to believe it. And I think I have as much right to my belief and you have to yours."


Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Newt Gingrich
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  1. BeverlyNC

    Republicans are leading a war of terror on our nation. They are becoming scarier and scarier in their hate rhetoric and outrageous lies. Facts don't matter to them. They have no integrity, character, or human decency. They are racists against all ethnic groups except for whites. They are spreading ignorance and stupidity and fighting increasing a much-needed focus on formal education. Look at the sheer stupidity within the core of the Republican Party. No clue of the most basic American history. No clue what our Constitution says or is about. No tolerance for any beliefs than their twisted logic. This is when terrorism takes hold – when you have ignorant, clueless, brainwashed people who cannot see beyond their own narrow beliefs. Republicans are destroying the greatness of our nation. We are dropping way below other nations in educated people, technology, human rights and other important areas. Republicans promote terrorist-like groups with the birther and the tea baggers who are very capable of extremist actions. We must remove the Republicans in 2012 and restore the honor and greatness of our country.

    February 2, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Laverne

    This man is desperate and losing grip so he has to resort to fear, fear, fear tactic since nothing else seems to be working, he is so pathethic!

    February 2, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    so far President Obama has kept America safe longer in his term than President Bush did. Of course you'll NEVER hear that on FoxNews, the right wing talk shows, and some Republicans because they had hoped he would not had.

    February 2, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. ksboston

    I find it astounding how the foremost proponents of having Government stay out of our lives, are very happy that the government sanctions our marriages. If marriage is an institution based upon religion, based upon thousands of years of tradition, then let government issue 'civil union' licenses instead of marriage licenses. That way you can have your marriage any way you want it. Your church can restrict it to your rules – of course, someone else's church might be happy to marry gay couples.

    Somehow, I expect that Newt would fight such a proposal tooth and nail. Why? Because government is GOOD when he wants it to sanction HIS behavior, but bad when it sanctions behavior of which he doesn't approve.

    February 2, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. mike moderate

    Good ol' Newt....never miss a chance to spread hate...............this man was the originator of all the hate talk in politics.

    Now...let me ask you....how many of these countries ol Newt describes has he been to............????

    he is too busy with his head up Faux News. He is absolutley useless

    February 2, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    Using equivalent words to clarify what Former Senator Gingrich is saying “Everything President Obama is doing is wrong ... blah, blah, blah ... generate fear ... more hate .... slam President Obama again... slam democrats .... lies, lies and one more big whopper lie. OK now I have proven I will be the mouth piece for all you angry idiots so all you angry idiots out there send me money as I have a big house to furnish and this is what I do: I am a professional presidential candidate, and this is how I make a living slamming the current administration with absolutely NO regard for what is best for America.

    February 2, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Jim

    Maybe you could also quote something that Howard Dean said at the debate. It seems odd that you only report this guy's view of things.

    February 2, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Jaywing

    There is no "war" G'nut. There never has been. There are incidents, factions with separate interests, radicals of every religious stripe, and wackos – all of whom use similar methods, but have very different goals. If you want to be honest and not just be a talking head, then start to think instead of simply blattering nonsense like you GOP cronies. The inciidents of terror around the world need to be dealth with on terms that are specific to the goals of the perpetrators. You can not just lump everyone into one group and then say simplistic stupid crap as if everything is black and white.

    February 2, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. PAUL W!

    Good try Newt, marriage in its current form is not more than 1,000 years old, but if you want to pretend your tradition is older, it would be in keeping with the Tea Bag/GOP idea that you can just make up your own reality.

    February 2, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. MakeThemEatCake

    One needs to ask Mr. Gingrich why "... there are madrassahs around the planet teaching hatred. We're losing the war because the network of terrorists is bigger, not smaller."

    could it have something to do with a foreign policy that has not changed since 2001? Until you give those around the globe a reason NOT to hate you this "network of terrorists" you speak of will continue to grow.

    February 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    Really!

    Only we can wish rest of the world have pro American governments we can’t force

    When we decided to invade Iraq we start to losing war on terror.

    February 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Mr. Moderate

    Wow, where to start....

    Hey Newt, that same thousands of year old tradition says that you commit to ONE PERSON FOR LIFE. You have no place defending that tradition because YOU DO NOT RESPECT IT!

    Fear, fear, fear, fear, don't you have anything else,,,,the primary reason we are "losing the war" is because your party squandared precious time, resources, blood and political capital fighting a war that did not need to be fought. The war in Iraq radicalized Iran and gave the Islamic terrorists their most effective recruiting tool. Please go away.

    February 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. the camster

    Who would have thought this possible? Newt here and Rush, in another ticker story, as spokesmen for traditional, uh, marriage.

    February 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Bob R., Lanham, Maryland

    Of course he says that. Liptak, please stop giving this irrelevant has-been fool free publicty.

    February 2, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Hunh!?

    So, was Dean there? Does he also not rate some soundbites in the "liberal" media?

    February 2, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. welches, oregon

    You bet it poses a threat – a threat to these terrorists who call themselves "World Leaders" – who take everything FROM the people and give back nothing TO the people but empty promises and tired excuses and secretly support the rich and powerful and leave the poor and helpless to fend for themselves.

    Yes the USA leadership better start paying attention and start keeping their word and start delivering on what the PEOPLE want instead of what these hacks' rich allies want.

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

    February 2, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Don

    There's so much wrong – where to begin?

    Mr. Gingrich presented no facts to support his assertation that Egypt will pose a threat to us, or that the threat of a terrorist attack is greater now than it was 10 years ago.

    He made no proposal about how to deal with the situartion in Egypt – concern is fine, but what does he want us to do, and what would he be doing if he were in the White House?

    As for marriage, he is indeed entitled to his beliefs. It would be nice if he acted on them and kept his own marriage vows sacred. He is not entitled to force his beliefs on the rest of the country.

    February 2, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. normajean

    By The way Mr, Gingrich....if you are serious about running for president....don't bother and don't waste your money.....it will take more than the votes of family members and you can't get the..them....the voters are on to you.........!!!!!!
    ......

    February 2, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    We started "losing the war on terror" the day the PATRIOT Act was passed, doing for the terrorists exactly what they wanted: disrupting American society. We lost completely when the TSA started sexually assaulting people.

    February 2, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Dave

    That's because it's a manufactured war that is being waged after groups that were started and funded by the CIA, MI6 and the Pakistani ISI. Newt, just like all the other establishment politicians in the GOP and Dem parties, is a CFR member and therefore he knows this.

    February 2, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. patNY

    Lets see...more than 2 years into Obama's presidency and no terror attacks on US, domestic or abroad. Less than 9 months into Bush presidency, and we got attacked on on our own soil, 9-11. Seems to me we are doing a good job on winning the war against terrorists.

    February 2, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. wgf

    So what's his solution - bomb the madrassahs ? He's a Republican, so we know he'll want to either invade or bomb something in order to make us "safer".

    February 2, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Chad Clifton

    "I'm quite happy to say that I come out of a tradition that is several thousand years old that says marriage is between a man and a woman"

    Says the man who divorced his wife as she was battling cancer to marry the woman he was having an affair with.

    February 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. UhNooYawkah

    We're losing the war on terror because we were (and are) distracted by Iraq.

    February 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. dme

    Typical Republican. He makes some outrageous comment and then has no way to back it up and/or no solution to the problem.

    February 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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