Pawlenty: Obama appeasing Muslim Brotherhood
February 11th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
3 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. KNKLHEAD

    I enjoyed hearing the wing nut radio dorks trying to pin Obama with something - anything - with the Egypt issue. The arguments and allegations were absolutely rediculous! Hey right wing nut jackasses, Obama did exactly the right thing, realizing that we need a stable and, hopefully, democratic Egypt that likes us. Pawlenty would have droned the crowds. Nice. And they love us so much in the middle east ....

    February 11, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Kevin

    This guy is a joke. I can't wait for the GOP to pick their person to run against the President. The President will slaughter them in the first debate. All the GOP has been doing is criticizing the President, not one of them offered a different solution. Even winning the house of representatives, they haven't come up with anything new and that's because they have nothing new. They hoping and praying that the President fails, so the people will vote for anyone they put up against him, but we the people are not falling for the fear mongering this time.

    February 11, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. JMR49

    This coming from the idiot who showed up in Iraq to visit MN troops...wearing a spam T shirt. He's from the south side of St. Paul. Never served in the military, cut off helath care for thousands of working people and left the state with a 6 BILLION dollar debt. All he knows is what GOP advisors tell him.

    February 11, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. ZedLok

    soooo he's pro-Mubarak then?

    February 11, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Expat American

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

    Thousands of Iraqi civilians lost their lives while Bush and his Republican Administration of liars and murderers slapped leather, drank beer and waved their flags during Shock and Awe; and hundreds of thousands more have perished since.

    Pawlenty, you are of the Party of Genocide over Policy (GOP), so SHUT UP, forever. The educated world abroad knows what Republicans stateside represent.

    February 11, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Suedehead

    It's stunning that some people don't learn from history. Pawlenty forgets that we tried all that cowboy diplomacy. And look what that did for us.

    February 11, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Give up trying to be a messenger of doom, Little Timmy, G-lenin Beck has cornered the market on that.

    February 11, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hey BANJO BOY, go back to the porch and play DUELING BANJOS like you did on the set of Deliverance!

    February 11, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. chill

    Where do Pawlenty and these other people get off telling the Egyptian people who they can vote for or have in their government? If we don't like the results, then cut their funding or whatever else is appropriate. All these clowns accomplish with their rants is to push Arabs into the arms of the Muslim Brotherhood or worse. They ought to grow up.

    February 11, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. hankers

    100% here think TP is an idiot. No fun here. I think I will got to FOXNews chat to have some fun!

    February 11, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. New Age Independant

    Obama's stance for this issue has been ambiguous at best. We knew foreign policy was his weak point, but I didn't expect it would be this bad. Obama is all about speeches and looking good in front of the camera. Personally, I want substance in our next President.

    February 11, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. PalmReader

    "I have heard more negative comments here than I care to.... "

    If all the prospective presidential candidates from the right didn't spend every waking minute criticizing our President, and spent more time bringing solutions to the table, not insults, America would benefit tremendously. As it is . . . I have heard more negative comments against Obama than I care to these past two years. Most are without substance and serve no purpose than to get the entire American populace riled up into fever pitch.

    February 11, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Tony

    Little Timmy is trying to act like the second coming of George W. Bush. You are either with us or against us. How well did bullying work with Iran and North Korea when Bush was president, Timmy?

    February 11, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Mr. President – the fools will criticise you no matter what. Just keep up the good work. History will judge you fairly. The right wingers never will – and they will be proven over and over to be on the wrong side of history – even if they never figure it out.

    February 11, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. BostonBill

    That's right. The now Free People of Egypt began a popular revolution with minimal blood shed. Mr.Pawlenty apparently dose not agree. Mr. Pawlenty ,IT'S NOT YOUR CALL. It also is not this Presidents call. The difference is He Kows that and you don't. Should we have sent in troops? What exactly should have been done? We have spent enough lives,money and time interfering with the sovereignty of other nations. Good Fortune to the people of Egypt. What ever decision they make about their future is just that, Their Future.

    February 11, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Irma in North Carolina

    Gosh are all these jerks the reublicans are throwing out there must be some kin to Sarah or they use her speech writer. They all sound hateful and are telling lies like her. I didnt think there were that many parents beisdes Sarah' parents who raised their kids like this.

    February 11, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Will you just please STFU!!! The President didn't think the US needed to get involved in what goes on in another country.
    Somebody stuff a shoe in that mouth of his! What a complete imbecile!!!
    I for one I am tired of wars and our soldiers and civilians being killed.
    Do you even know what the Muslin Brotherhood is or are you confusing it with your brothers in the KKK?
    Gawd – two more years of these morons!?!?!?!?!?????

    February 11, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    This guy's beginning to look like an idiot.

    February 11, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    And what would his response be, in light of the fact that Mubarek has resigned?

    That's what I thought. Nothing, as usual.

    BTW, the only difference between the Tea Party and the Mulim Brotherhood are the scriptures they supposedly read.

    February 11, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Vet in TX

    the sad thing about this is all of those in the GOP who know what they're talking about, talk about it. All those that don't.....just talk! Those that know something are drowned out by those who know nothing, just rambling with the same talking points they did 2 YEARS ago. I remember after the last state of the union, the right were saying...."we've heard this already". Guess what, so have we. Pawlenty has no chance. The only chance is Ron Paul, and he doesn't have the necessary and required personality to win the presidency. Unfortunately for the GOP, Palin does but we know how much she knows......not alot!.

    February 11, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    Politics ends at the water's edge. I don't respect anyone - Dem or Rep - who would criticize the President of the United States in the middle of an international crisis like this. We Americans may disagree with each other, but when it comes to standing behind our President we should all be Americans. There will be plenty of time to attack Obama when this is over.

    Shame on you Mr. Pawlenty.

    February 11, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. TB

    Gov. Pawlently, Egypt is a sovereign nation, NOT a territory of the U.S.A. It is not our place to tell Egypt what kind of government to have and who their leaders should be. That is for the Egyptian people to decide, NOT us!

    February 11, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    This is just a giant, pathological dogwhistle to the bigots out there. Here, let me translate Polenta's nonsense for you so you can hear what all the tinfoil hat sporting conservatives out there heard:

    "Obama is a secret muslim trying to hand the middle east to Isamic extremists and turn us into the Islamic States of America. Be afraid! He's dark! He's of African decent! He's not "one of us"! He doesn't believe that this is a Krischun Nashun that was supposed to belong to white people forever!!!"

    February 11, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    ["Mr. President, with bullies, might makes right."]
    Pawlenty thinks the new Sheriff in Town got it right
    But little do they ALL know – they committed all the CRIMES
    Now we're trying to clean up the MESS they left BEHIND!!!

    Talk about SOLUTIONS for our FUTURE instead of trying to get the loudest applause from your PEERS!!!

    February 11, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Mr. Moderate

    Huh????? That was almost as incoherent as one of Palin's speeches.

    February 11, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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