March 22nd, 2011
10:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Obama 'missed an opportunity' in Libya


(CNN) – Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Tuesday criticized President Obama's approach to the ongoing situation in Libya.

Appearing on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," the potential 2012 candidate said Obama has been "disengaged" and should have acted earlier to institute a no-fly zone in the African country.

"The president hesitated, not even hesitated, he did nothing. He sort of sat back, made no comment," Santorum said. "He really missed an opportunity to be a positive force."

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  1. Ryan NC

    Santorum missed an opportunity to shut up. The idea that this silly bash-the-POTUS ob whatever will go on for the next year and a half makes me noxious! I hope that it will propel Pres. Obama to a second term!

    March 22, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    and had he done that people would have said that this is NOT the US affair...we should not get involved.....you know the typical Republican calling points when they have to find something to disagree with the president. So far NO American lives have been lost...can't say that about our invasion of Iraq though. All the Monday QBing by the right and some on the left as well has gotten beyond tiresome.

    March 22, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Erick

    I believe Obama has acted right way. A former republican Rick Santorum is an idiot . He does not have use his common sense. He is not smart like Obama does.

    March 22, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Indy

    Piers just let him tell lie after lie unchecked.If you are going to have a well known liar on your show, you should at least attempt to have another guest on that knows how to tell the truth. All these idiots that were not privy to the meetings with the President and the coaltion should do their country a favor and shut their lying mouths.

    March 22, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    JEEEEEEZZZZZZ!!!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts have the SAME talking points – Doesn't any one of them have a MIND of their OWN???

    "The president hesitated…” how long, I don’t know ya’ll
    “… not even hesitated, he did nothing…” at all
    “He sort of sat back, made no comment," Santorum said.
    That’s ALL Santorum said after waking from the dead???

    Yesterday was too late but tomorrow is on time
    Two weeks from now is better but three weeks ago was fine
    Today is too late but three days ago we had power
    So check with me next week and I’ll tell you it’s THIS HOUR!!!!

    This is the reason why our Commander in Chief did what he did and he was NOT in violation of any law – which SOME want you to believe!!!!!

    March 23, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  6. kurt

    the hypocrisy from both parties has become blatant.

    March 23, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  7. riki_m1

    Isn't it possible that Obama has no idea what's going on or what he is doing?...especially given his vast experience..I mean come on...he was state senator and become US senator for 2 years and started running for president...

    March 23, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  8. Jon

    When did launching over 100 tomahawk missiles become "nothing"?

    March 23, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    "The president hesitated, not even hesitated, he did nothing. He sort of sat back, made no comment," Santorum said. "He really missed an opportunity to be a positive force."

    Spoken like someone sitting on the sidelines, not involved in any high-level security meetings, just looking for a way to "connect with the base," adding nothing of value to the public discourse or to our country ... in other words, a TYPICAL REPUBLICAN.

    You GOPers are all too pathetic! You have nothing but policies that are PROVEN FAILURES and a willingness to spew hatred, lies, division and fear in your efforts to regain power.

    More pathetic are all those folks out there who are letting themselves get suckered by you – AGAIN!

    March 23, 2011 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  10. Dixon

    Personally, I am happy to see a President who thinks through a problem before acting. We have put ourself out there for to long with nothing but death of our soldiers and debt for our country to to show for it. I appreciate that the Lybian people need help asap. However, previous Presidents rushed us in and we all know where that took us. I remember Republicans like this complaining about anyone who did not "support their President" during war time when Bush took us there. All I have seen this time is the right complaining about every move President Obama has made. ( all led by the McCane/Liberman show) Had Bush listened to others, rather than Cheny our debt could be much lower. After all, Cheny wasn't a VP he was a lobby there to give out high cost no-bid contracts to his friends.

    March 23, 2011 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  11. Popsiq

    As if Ghaddafi would have listened to a dunce like Rick Santorum. Even if he was President.

    March 23, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, Obama missed an opportunity...
    Along with Saint Reagan (who also just sent a few bombs Lybia's way)
    and Bush Senior
    and Clinton
    and Bush Junior (who even tried to re-normalize relations with Gadhafi and open trade with him)
    But I am sure the policies of the last three decades are ALL somehow Obama's fault...

    March 23, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  13. Marie MD

    ricky baby, I am sure the NSA, the CIA and any other agency that you know nothing about and have no contact with were keeping the President abreast of the situation in Libya. The President IS a positive force. You are just a little man with no ideas or solutions. BTW – save your money for 2012!!
    The President did exactly what he had to do when he had to do it. You and your hawkish rethugs, after Afghanistan and Iraq, still don't have a clue as to diplomacy, help from other countries and just plain NOT having to go to war every time another country's leader farts!!

    March 23, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  14. Dave

    Watching this imbecile whining about Obama was actually rather humorous. The only thing funnier would be to watch Obama mop the floor with Santorum if he makes it to the general election. Then again, Santorum is used to getting spanked in elections...

    March 23, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  15. Name king

    Lesson tantrum, if the president had stormed in the beginning he would have been rejected by the lybian people and scorned by the Muslim world. You have allow people to be deeply grateful for your help, and all depend how much the deepness goes, if he had ran in in the beginning and destroyed lybian tanks, airforce and their infrastructure, the Muslim world would be planning retaliation attacks as we speak on American targets abroad and at home. The president waited until the lybians needs went deep into their souls, now their appreciation matches their pain, alot of people bitched that this country is held by alchaeda, but think how much some of these people would appreciate the people that they have been fighting against, now turned around and save their lives, don't be surprise if these people start showing their gratitudes and start giving the Americans intelligence of alchaeda future attacks against America and their western allies, they might even go as far as to tell us where Osama is hiding, I wouldn't count on that one, furthermore we wouldn't have a great backlash from the Muslim world if we do find him.

    March 23, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  16. greg the progressive

    How does Santorum know what the President was dong and thinking? Oh that's right, he doesn't. Santorum is a nobody and most certainly not in the think tank of the White House and he never will be.

    March 23, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  17. Adam

    What a HACK, purely for political gain, PRESIDENT Obama did just what he should have done , which is waited and acted in coordination with the U.N. We citizens are really tired of politicians, especially ex congressmen running for office. Try supporting the president and working to provide solutions for a change.

    March 23, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  18. 100% ETH

    Sen. Santorum, you are the one who very much missed an opportunity to connect dots and to see the result.
    ...Sen, you just started knowing the story/news from half-way the middle.

    Sen., like what you think, if we started earlier, both the Ghadafy and anti-Ghadafy will be against US. But now, atleast, we make friends (anti-Ghadafy's).

    Sen., American must see your report card, to know wheather your service is right.

    March 23, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  19. Michael

    With all due respect (and none is really due) Rick Santorum is an idiot of world class proportions. I guarantee that if the President had "acted sooner" Rick and his necon chums would have been out there polluting the airwaves with hypercritical bilge, leaving Mr. Obama in a no win situation. The truth is these Republicans nowadays are nothing more than seld-serving opportunists–ambulance chasers if you will–who will stop at nothing to makes themselves look good while trampling over the common rules of fairness, decency and integrity with big old hypocritical boots. What they really look like is ridiculous and childish. Rick Santorum for President?? Sure! Put him on a ticket with the imbecile Palin. That will guarantee Mr. Obama four more years and us four more years of thoughtful, well-reasoned decisionmaking where it matters most.

    March 23, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  20. J

    Shut your mouth and go away. PLEASE!!!

    March 23, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  21. Kent

    This guy is a joke. It takes time to iron out a coalition of forces. He's just upset because PRESIDENT Obama is looking like a very smart and procedural leader. santorum is just one more armchair quarterback from the party of no.

    March 23, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. SBAMA

    Perhaps if W hesitated we wouldn't have rushed into Iraq over NO WMD. His moves have been calculated and right on. Can the GOP pick one person to run already. Do we really have to give every candidate this kind of attention? All of them are grandstanding blowhards who will say anything for a sound bite....I challeng any GOP Supporter on here to list what the GOP has done for you... where is there agenda for Jobs, Education, Infrastructure?
    How can you not see there only plan is to get rid of things they don't like... they have NO plan to move the country forward!
    WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    GOP Agenda
    -Abortion
    -Planned Parenthood
    -Bust Unions
    -Rush into Libya guns blazing
    -Styrofoam back to Congress
    -Post a bill for 48 hours unless it is a GOP Bill they want to ram through
    -Slam the President every chance possible
    -Take from the Poor – Give to the Rich

    March 23, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  23. diridi

    this guy is an idiot....o.k. It is a coalition effort.....that monster was killing civilians, and US helped coalition....that's all...o.k. there is nothing wrong in obama.

    March 23, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. clay

    Here is a Dangerous Man! If left to Rick,America would be involved in wars,throughout the middle east? You and your Idiols,Bush,Cheyney, need to sit down and let our President do it the "Right Way" President Obama has more "Intellect and Compassion" than the Teapots brains put together. He "Thinks things out,before putting our Military in "Harms Way" Your ten year wars are still Breaking our Backs!!!!! Stupid

    March 23, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. NameCole3766

    Who cares what you think, you are
    A failed politician

    March 23, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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