July 26th, 2010
12:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich to blast Obama's 'willful blindless' in security speech

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/17/art.gingrich.file.gi.jpg caption ="Newt Gingrich will blast President Obama in a foreign policy address Thursday."]Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will deliver a major national security address at the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Thursday in which he will reprimand the Obama administration's "willful blindness" to the threat of extremist Islam.

The speech - a direct challenge to the president's foreign policy judgement at a venue that's become an important stopover for Republican luminaries - is the latest sign that Gingrich is serious about a potential White House bid in 2012.

Gingrich "will warn," according to a synopsis of the event, "that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America."

Never one to shy away from his somewhat professorial reputation, Gingrich plans to draw on "the lessons of Camus and Orwell" to explain "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality."

Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Whoa there Mr. Gingrich! Do I really see that YOU are going to 'reprimand' our President and I quote, "willful blindness" to the threat of extremist Islam." What about YOUR 'willful blindness' to the threat of extremist Christian neo-conservative ideologies that has nearly taken over the Republican Party? Or is that Okay with you? This is a real threat to our country even more so than extremist Islam. YOU have NO RIGHT, in my opinion, to speak of or at President Obama in such a condescending/arrogant manner!!! There is NO blindness on the Presidents part. The total blindness is on YOU. Look at whats going on in YOUR political party. Does that upset you? It does upset a lot of us!

    July 26, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. snow

    Way to go Newt. nobummer would hate to see Newt as the Republican challenger for President, because he would have to debate him without his teleprompter and he would lose badly to Newt.

    July 26, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. harvey 60

    Newt the Nazi, always willing to prey, like Hitler and Goebbels, on the audience's emotions of hatred. Who's next, Newt? Blacks, Jews, Gays, and Gypsies?

    July 26, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Have you noticed??? BASHING Obama is the WAY of the RepubliCAN'Ts!!!!!! What they should be doing is coming out with SOLUTIONS!!!!!! The Party of NO is NULL and VOID!

    July 26, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Pat

    Who listens to this pathetic windbag???

    July 26, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. The Dude

    Yawn, same old same old silly saber rattling from a right-winger, who also happens to be one of the most massive hypocrites on earth.

    July 26, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. JFK

    Newt doesnt fall from the tree! It was not that long ago a Republican President failed to secure our borders after 9/11. That same President allowed our seaports to be sold to an Arab company, Hmm.... Now suddenly security is a hot button issue 9 years later. What a bunch of hypocrites! We are fools if we suddenly feel that the Right has become our righteous defenders of our freedom and protection. I am all for better security but don't you dare criticize this President after the last administration had years to fix things and didnt do anything.

    July 26, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Stop the damage

    I'd love to have Romney as President and Gingrich as VP. Compared to Obama and Biden, it is a dream pairing.

    The only reason Obama has any fans is because the media loves to paint him as a victim of republicans. He has a super majority in the Congress and still struggles with his far left-wing, anti-business agenda.

    July 26, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. sine

    Shut up and sit down -where were you when your cronies were turning this country upside down??

    July 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Been there seen that- Kansas

    And here we see the two extremes at work. Over reaction for the introduction of fear and underreaction to counter years of ignorant unfettered over reaction. Please let Newt go back into his hole of fear monguring and let the adults have a shot at it for awhile.

    July 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Steffan Piper

    Last I checked no one voted him for the Presidency and resigning over an Ethics charge as Speaker doesn't give him much credibility.

    July 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. JIlli

    Another gop failed has-been with ethics violations crawling out from under his rock once again. Go back in your hole newt, you're neanderthalic opinions weren't great in the 90's and they're more obviously unnecessary today.

    July 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Madison

    To extend Professor Gingrich's pedantry, he should use "the lessons of Camus and Orwell and Bush" to explain "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality."

    Actually, regarding Obama's statements about Afghanistan, I generally hear a reasonable level of straightforward "here's where we stand" dialog. We'll see if that continues into 2011, as the U.S. begins to pull out of Afghanistan.

    July 26, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. JOHN

    Good for you Newt. We miss those fear and scare days of GWB. What we need is a President like you who will make sure that every morning we are we are scared out of our wits. I hope you win in 2012. What good is a population if it is not scared.

    You would get Fox news to spread the scary stories. It would be like Halloween all year round. How exciting. I know you would declare war on Mars and bring shock and awe on the Martians.

    I have goose bumps just thinking about it. Let me know how I can contribute to the Newt For President Campaign. Sorry Sarah Palin I refudiate you. Newt is now my candidate.

    July 26, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Grundoon

    Oh, really? Do you mean like how W "swatted at flies" ignorig warnings about impending terrorist strikes? How his administration failed to invetigate these guys who wanted to learn how to fly planes but not land them? Then he give Tennent the Medal of Freedom? The GOP needs clean up it's own house and get a clue.

    July 26, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Bill

    For a guy who has never worked at a real job (i.e. at a for-profit corporation or company), I do not put much value on anything this bloated buffoon has to say. Great news if he runs with Palin – it will ensure an Obama second term.

    July 26, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. pc

    this man is a slime ball. he was told to leave fayette country georgia years ago for his running around on his wife with another woman,his wife was dieing in a hospital at the time newt was having his affair with his now wife. his name was ruined here! he ranks right up there with mccain in that adultery catagory. both are low-rent men craving power.

    July 26, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Jack

    A washed up, has-been, now a wannabe, is telling us about muslim extremists? Like Obama doesn't know that there are Muslim extremists? At least Obama is not, like a certain Republican of yore, hoisting a sign saying "Mission Accomplished."

    Ironic that Newt is talking about bipartisanship when he made a name for being an obstructionist and a key opponent of bipartisanship back when he tried to thwart Clinton's every move. Hypocrite. Why wasn't he bipartisan then? Oh, that's right–he had an agenda to push through–The Contract ON America. Remember-he shut down the government because he didn't want to compromise, which bipartisanship requires.

    July 26, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. anthony

    Where were you, Newt, when Bush ignored Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan to start the war in Iraq?

    July 26, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. annie s

    Yawn. More hot air from a failed morally bankrupt politician who wants to be president. Interesting how someone who has absolutely no insider knowledge can lecture the President, isn't it?

    July 26, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. normajean

    Every time a Republican uses the term"bi-partisan,"for any reason, I just want to get my hands on them. They don't know the meaning of the word.This loser can quote Camus and Orwell, all he wants and he still is a mouthy jerk that should have left the picture years ago. A word to the wise....if he's serious about running in 2012,.he might want to rethink that , not waste his and our time and just retire. ONCE AGAIN WRITERS WHO TEND TO CALL OUR DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT STUPID NAMES ARE SAYING MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES THAN ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. WHY CAN"T YOU PEOPLE GROW UP?

    July 26, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Uro Dumas

    Is he going to advocate searching for WMDs in Iraq?

    July 26, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!


    July 26, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. AJ

    This idiot seems to firget that it was under his party's leadership that the nation was attacked in the worst terrorist attack in our history. As usual republicans try and lay the fault at the feet of Democrats instead of just helping to solve the problem.

    July 26, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The Soviet Union was a threat to the US. Hitler's Germany was a threat. It's going to take a lot of convincing to get me to agree that Iran, or any other exponent of "radical Islam" is in the same category as those two.

    And, as far as I'm concerned, " the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality" is exactly what Bush did with his infamous WMD excuse in Iraq. It's exactly what he did to justify infringing on the rights of American citizens with the PATRIOT Act, FISA, and the insane growth of the US Intelligence (dis)organisations.

    July 26, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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