Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood
February 11th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood

Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an all-but-declared candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, accused the Obama administration Friday of "appeasing" the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as the country navigates a path forward in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the Islamic umbrella group as "a largely secular organization" earlier this week, but later corrected the claim.

"Bullies respect strength, they don't respect weakness," Pawlenty said in a speech to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. "So when the United States of America projects its national security interests here and around the world, we need to do it with strength. We need to make sure that there is no equivocation, no uncertainty, no daylight between us and our allies around the world."

Pawlenty called it a simple principle that the White House "doesn't seem to understand."

"We undermine Israel, the U.K., Poland, Czech Republic, Colombia, amongst other of our friends," Pawlenty said. "Meanwhile, we appease Iran, Russia, and adversaries in the Middle East, including Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Mr. President, with bullies, might makes right. Strength makes them submit. We need to get tough on our enemies, not on our friends. And, Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country," Pawlenty said in one of his speech's biggest applause lines.

"The bullies, terrorists and tyrants of the world have lots to apologize for. America does not."


Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. ralph johnson

    Does this guy really mean what he says? He sounds crazy. He reminds me of George Bush speaking out of the side of his neck without even thinking. I thought the days of smoking people out of their graves and pasting pictures on wanted posters were over. Tough talk means nothing. Speak softly and carry a big stick should be our mantra, shouldn't it? Why should we continue to talk about all things Muslim with such disdain and recklessness? The Muslim Brotherhood, from all accounts, is a fairly insignificant political force, and yet we toss the name around like Rudy tosses 9/11 around as a rallying point. Why doesn't Pawlenty carry himself with a fair share of dignity and class. It works. Just ask the President. It seems to me that the course that Egypt takes, is already underway. Or we could do as George did – drag our name through the mud and wait for the most rebellious consequences to occur – ala Lebanon.

    February 11, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. larry

    All of the Republicans running for President are going to insure that Obama wins!!!! Can't they see that!!!! We will be hung out to dry for four more years!!!!

    February 11, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. whoa!

    Timmy.... oh, do please shut up... mister "I wasn't paying any attention to the infrastructure in my own state and a bridge collapsed right under my nose and killed and maimed a lot people".

    Obama has masterfully navigated the Egypt situation! He hasn't appeased anyone!

    The muslin brotherhood is first of all, no more than 25% of the population. Second, and more important, mister sh*t for brains, is that this group, while it has some radicals, it is much more characterized by highly educated people that simply rebelled against Mubarak's fascist rule and were tortured for it.

    Do try to say something intelligent and not just be a Sarah Palin with kehones and a flat chest.

    Get a clue, mr moron!

    February 11, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Hey, Tim. You catch more flies with honey. Schmuck.

    February 11, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. ralph johnson

    Does this guy really mean what he says? He sounds crazy. He reminds me of George Bush speaking out of the side of his neck without even thinking. I thought the days of smoking people out of their CAVES and pasting pictures on wanted posters were over. Tough talk means nothing. Speak softly and carry a big stick should be our mantra, shouldn't it? Why should we continue to talk about all things Muslim with such disdain and recklessness? The Muslim Brotherhood, from all accounts, is a fairly insignificant political force, and yet we toss the name around like Rudy tosses 9/11 around as a rallying point. Why doesn't Pawlenty carry himself with a fair share of dignity and class. It works. Just ask the President. It seems to me that the course that Egypt takes, is already underway. Or we could do as George did – drag our name through the mud and wait for the most rebellious consequences to occur – ala Lebanon.

    February 11, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    Appeasing
    Tim Pawlenty you took low road today. I respected you no more

    When the news broke Hosni Mubarak step down In FOX anchor “we have to carful what we wish for” she didn’t like the news Shame

    First we have to stand what we believe not with dictator

    February 11, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. IKnow

    if anything should disqualify the dude for being a candidate, this should. Then again, Palin is still a "hopeful" for the Tea Partiers...so why would it matter.

    I disagree with him 100%. The might of the US is known. Do we have to use it so that it is felt. Maybe a little bombing campaign here and there so that someone feels the "sting" of the almighty Yoo nayded staytes? Might makes right. And Pawlenty stands for Poop for Brains. Na Na Na Na Boo Boo...

    February 11, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Scottie

    More rebublicant jive... say anything to get elected

    February 11, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Katie

    The GOP scare tactics of blanket-statementing the ENTIRE MUSLIM COMMUNITY has got to stop. It's nothing but fearmongering and cowardice.

    February 11, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. peace

    it"s dumb fool like you and the gop clans the reason no like or trust us. you people are stupid. wake up people and see how evil these people is. Tim stf out of other country affairs.

    February 11, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Bill

    Now Pawlenty is also a foreign policy expert. What a joke. The 2012 GOP field is comprised of reprobates, half-governors, buffoons, flip-floppers and hypocrites.

    February 11, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Root and stem

    Pawlenty is correct. You Obamists go into a frenzy, but not based on facts. Mr. Obama was raised Muslim in Indonesia. His entire life has been about degrading and eventually destroying the U.S. His association with Ayers and Dorn shows that he is capable of violence. So it is only natural that Mr. Obama would do what is necessary to deliver Egypt to the radical Islamists.

    February 11, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. PaulaAP

    Seriously, could someone please translate this for me? I have no idea what he's talking about.

    February 11, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. thomas

    He needs to buy a wig and heels and run for Governor of Alaska !
    Who want to be govern in fear ?

    February 11, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little Timmy is that republican crap sandwich without the bread.

    February 11, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Straight Talk Express

    The Muslim Brotherhood is not an organization of "Bullies". They're doctors, lawyers, and businessmen who suffered greatly under the Mubarak regime.

    If you're going to start posturing yourself to run for president, at least get your facts straight. Not all US constituents are in the Tea Party.

    February 11, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There are a number of certifiable GOP candidates running for office, and the nuttier they are the more the right wingnuts love them.

    February 11, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Jack Cardwell

    Muslin Brotherhood is on the same plane as Tea Party. They both preach my way or no way. Please get off your high horse. America will be in the same position as Egypt if the Tea Party and Republicans get total control. The Mafia can run the country better than them. At least they can make a decision and move on. The general population in this country does not have a voice as far as republicans are concerned. When their say look out for the future of "OUR" grandchildren that is who they are talking about, not the general public's grandchildren or todays children.

    February 11, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Russ139

    Tim, if conservatives want a red meat loudmouth, they have plenty to choose from. They won't pick you, because you'll never be able to out-froth Paliin, Gingrich, and Santorum. Try to be yourself, and live with the consequences. Give it your best shot. Nobody likes a phoney.

    February 11, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Bill

    So when you look at it.... Is this really appeasement? I think it is... need to get in good with the new ruling powers. Ahm-a-dinner-jacket seems to be encouraged by this outcome ... why would our Prez not be encouraged? The entire region is about to erupt .... only the greatest of good luck will stop the entire area from comming under Iranian rule.

    February 11, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Diana

    So, funny that he doesn't realize other places in the world consider us the "bullies".

    February 11, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    I guess Pawlenty would have sent American service men and women to deal with Egyptian protesters...

    All I have to say is that if Cheney praised Mubarak, the man had to go; what more do you need to know about Egypt and their internal problems???!!!...

    February 11, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Just sayin

    I have heard more negative comments here than I care to.... are you looking for a similar revolution here in the US? Will you Liberals follow the course of other purists in history? Eliminate those that don't think like you? If you keep this up it WILL come to pass...

    February 11, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. PalmReader

    Trolling, Pawlenty? If that's all you can offer America, then man, or man, your might just as well go home early. On another note, how many GOPers who are maybe running for President have announced yet? Talk about weaklings . . . too chicken to announce their intent can't bode well for their own *manhood* qualifications, if they have any - which is becoming more and more doubtful. Too wishy-washy by far.

    February 11, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Brian from Texas

    So he's saying America needs to be more like a bully or tyrant? Wonderful logic.

    February 11, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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