Pawlenty: Obama has 'incoherent' Egypt message
February 13th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Pawlenty: Obama has 'incoherent' Egypt message

Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty kept up his criticism of the Obama administration Sunday, calling their response to the crisis in Egypt "nearly incoherent."

"Before his administration spoke like a tower of Babel with multiple voices saying multiple things, they should have had one message," Pawlenty said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "Instead you had the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, the national intelligence director going off in different directions saying nearly incoherent, at least inconsistent things."

When asked what he would have done in the same situation, the potential 2012 presidential candidate said, "First of all, get your team on the same page, that's lesson number one in a crisis."

He also attacked President Obama over recent comments he made about the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition Islamist umbrella group that is officially banned but tolerated in Egypt.

In an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly before the Super Bowl, Obama said the Brotherhood is "one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt but they are well organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti U.S., there is no doubt about it."

"The President of the United States ducked the question whether he thought it was a good or a bad idea, whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be running Egypt," Pawlenty said. "I'm telling you it's a bad idea and we need to do whatever we can to minimize the likelihood of that outcome."

A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood has told CNN that his organization trusts Egypt's new military leadership to transition to a free and open democracy. Essam El Erian said that the Muslim Brotherhood, which has vowed not to field a presidential candidate, expects to be represented in a new parliament but does not expect to win a majority of seats.

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Pawlenty accused the current administration of "appeasing" the Brotherhood, advising Obama to "get tough with our enemies."

"Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country," Pawlenty said. "The bullies, terrorists and tyrants of the world have lots to apologize for. America does not."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can the lying piece of crap, Little Timmy, look in the mirror in the morning? His response to the Egypt crisis is to get his team in order. His team is still not in order, as the majority are praising President Obama, and the rest are from Beck's Bagger Brotherhood, and they do not want democracy in Egypt. This was accomplished in Egypt without a single American soldier being killed, without spending $1.4 trillion, and without occupying the country for 10 years. I wish Little Timmy would build bridges, not tear them down.

    February 13, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I was looking for famous Libertarians in history, and could only find anarchists and communists. Is that what Beck's Bagger Brotherhood wants for America?

    February 13, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    "whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be running Egypt," Pawlenty said. "I'm telling you it's a bad idea and we need to do whatever we can to minimize the likelihood of that outcome."

    Once again this man's ignorance proves amazing. The Muslim Brotherhood are standing on record in stating they have no interest in *running* Egypt. Perhaps if Pawlenty weren't too busy trying to sell his idiotic book, he'll be more informed of daily world events. Fact is, where does Pawlenty come off thinking HE should be the deciding factor in who or what the Egytians want in control of their own government. Pawlenty would do well to stay as far away from the WhiteHouse as possible . . . he is way out of his league.

    February 13, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Girl Power

    This post sent shivers up my spine......brilliant words from Pawlenty.

    I used to be a democrat until Obama came into office (has NOTHING to do with race). The socialist-weakling should move back to Indonesia (his beloved home) or places in the world that call for punishing successful people by spreading the wealth....why doesn't he "spread his wealth"????

    P.S. Also, the first lady (unlike others) limits her public – you want the mansion, then you work for the country!! I don't give a crap about what designer she promotes next, do something tangible to help Americans.

    February 13, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if Little Timmy ever read the books that the Bush cronies wrote. Every one was on a different page regarding Iraq. I do not blame Bush, as he was just as clueless as his core of advisors.

    February 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. ED FL

    Wasn't Pawlenty the governor that allowed[ FELLOW] Gop'er Larry Craig to rent office space in the Minnesota Airport? Enough Said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Martha in CF

    What does Pawlenty know about Egypt? Nothing!!!!!!

    February 13, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Indie Woman in Denver

    TPAW has an incoherrant message, period.

    February 13, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Jennifer

    This guy taxed the hell out of smokers, who were just being tapped to fund Health-care Entitlement Programs. Which he then cut. Otherwise he hasn't done anything for the past few years, other then piss off most of his state.

    February 13, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. addon

    Where are the intelligent people in the GOP? These guys are a day late and a dollar short, only showing up with stupidity and mis-truths. We don't need that right now! We need solutions!

    Spending airtime to disrespect our President makes the US look like a group of malcontents, with imbeciles holding all the microphones. If these GOP pundits, turd-blossoms can get over their hatred for the president, and start working with the rest of us, we might have a chance to do better, the world over.

    February 13, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. duke

    Republicans think if they keep screaming un-factual lines that we will be distracted from the fact that no american soldiers were wounded,no american flags were burning,there we're no de@th to america chants,and more importantly,there were no mock effigy of the president hanging,no threats to israel and nobody else!!
    I guess the party of god(gop)can do no more than obstruct and cause confusion,since they have no solutions.
    But if your part of the conversation,but you bring nothing in terms of a solution,then you are the problem!

    February 13, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. duke

    Tim Paw wants war!
    Its good for his stock portfolio.

    February 13, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Pawlenty is the incoherent one: A guy who's never been to a high-level security briefing, has absolutely no experience with foreign affairs, is not in personal touch with Egyptian leaders and whose only goal is to win the Republican nomination in the hopes of being elected President to do ..... what exactly?

    No ideas, no plan, nothing to offer except tax cuts for the rich – which only benefit the rich at the expense of the American people.

    Nothing but lies, hatred, fear and division from the GOP .... nothing, nada, zip ...

    February 13, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. carrotroot

    Tim is soo worried that the Muslim Brotherhood will have a seat at the table, that he wants the US government to step in and interfere with Democratic which is now happening in Egypt. Please Tim go back to your state and think about how you neglected your bridges.

    February 13, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Dave

    First Graham and now TPAW. What is with these guys? Do you really think the average Egyptian cares what these guys think? Do they think the Egyptian politicians care what they think? A meaningless senator and an out of work useless governor don't mean squat on the world stage. Get a real job instead of preaching to a bunch of nuts at CPAC.

    February 13, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. a in austin

    Boehner just used the word "uncertainty" again when justifying his budget cuts. I thought all that uncertainty went out the window when the tax cuts were passed. WHERE ARE THE JOBS???? Why are all the cuts coming on the backs of Main Street? Pawlenty has no plan other than ride the coattails of the unintelligent – what are your ideas/plans? Quit bashing and lay out your ideas....

    February 13, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. vic nashville tn

    Tim Pawlenty was my candidate no more why Zero knowledge in foreign policy

    World was watching Egypt crises every one know something is happening no one have clear picture
    This administration on right side they know what is the out put
    Yes they struggled in the beginning those are forgivable.

    Last time when we want one dictator to go President, Vice president, secretary of state and defense secretary were on the same page but it cost 4400 Americans life ,32000 American wounded cost is $3 trillion that is Iraq war

    Conservative view that is too too much Mr. Pawlenty

    February 13, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. ryanrory

    I would like to go on the record and say I think The Prez of your country is doing a fine job. making decisions. It is easy to critique , much harder to solve the global issues. When weighing out the cost of war, (lives and money being two variables) I would have to say to the "extreme right.".... You suck......Obama rocks. Not even close........ Inane versus sane......

    February 13, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Indy

    Every country in the world has given high praise to Obama on his professional and diplomatic approach to Egypt. The only people who are complaining are the people that have no answers to solving the problems in their own backyard. Republicans love to tear other Americans down to dress themselves up when they have no answers for the most important issues. By the way Where are the jobs that you lied about to get back in office Republicans ?

    February 13, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. annie s

    Um, Tim, I understood the President's message quite clearly and think he was spot-on. He reacted with caution initially, as Mubarak was an ally, and when it was obvious that the people not only wanted democracy but had a chance of achieving it, he supported them fully. Now, a little lesson – democracy isn't always neatly wrapped up in the package America would like it to be – the people of Egypt may well want the Muslim Brotherhood to have a hand in running the country, and if they do, our President wisely knows that he must be diplomatic in his approach to them as he may someday have to deal with them for help in the region. If you had any experience on the world stage (or if you weren't a Republican) you would understand that.

    February 13, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Margie

    Since we Minnesotans know how incoherent this nut Phewlenty can be. And he sure is. The whole world is praising Obama's actions to the Egyptian struggle for democracy and freedom and dumb bunny Phewlenty doesn't know what he is talking about. gee he is gonna say anything and do anything to try to convince the dumb bunny tea bags and republicans he is far out enough to be president.

    February 13, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. ddt

    There is no difference between the Muslim Brother hood and the Tea Pary. The two are political organizations they are seeking power We saw it here in the US whe the Tea Pary members rose to the streets. After they won some seats in congress, they are no quiet. Are there no groups here in America who evelop themselves in Christianity. We don't here Republicans complain about that. The Muslim Brother hood are muslims in an Islamic nation. They are not calling themselves Christians, they are Muslims. The hatred of some of the Republicans about Muslims is the reason why Obama will win a second term in Office

    February 13, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Margie

    I am glad girl power doesn't have any that was the stupidest message a person could post. We know the media is outright owned by republican corporations. Look it up little one if you don't know. So how can Michelle Obama do anything about what they print and yell about her clothes. Give me a break get a little intelligence.

    February 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. fayse

    Our President showed grace and diplomacy in the days and weeks of a very fluid movement. Even John McCain said that the President was doing a good job in handling the Egyptian revolution. We cannot dictate to another Country who should lead them. The Egyptian people won their freedom through mostly peaceful protests. The violence happened when Mubarak sent in his thugs. I doubt they would accept another dictatorial leader. They banded together in the hundreds of thousands to get rid of their dictator.

    February 13, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. US Citizen 2010

    Sorry TIM,
    Get you message together, this country did what they needed to do without any US intervention. Sadly they didn't result to military invervention Killing millions of their own citizens bombing thier own country. Should we have sent in our military, this is the only actions ALL REPUBLICANS know. The US doesn't OWN the world-sadly as you think. One things for sure you're NEVER be our commander-n-chief........good try.

    February 13, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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