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. vette gal

    Nope, the liberals didn't remove liberty and freedom, the GOP did when good ol' Bush was in office. You betcha.....let's put another GOPer in office that wants to bomb and destroy any country that doesn't think like they do. I'm so tired of all the rhetoric from both sides but especially the hate and fear tactic from the GOP.

    July 26, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Video Guy

    On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich for ethics violations dating back to September 1994. The House ordered Gingrich to pay a $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it had disciplined a Speaker for ethical wrongdoing.

    July 26, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Ted

    Newt Gingrich is a typical ignorant member of the Grand Obstructionist Party, a washed up ex=congressman who apparently cannot find real work so he trashes the current adminisntration. He apparently wants a return to the dictatorial years of Bush/Cheney in which everyone is an enemy of the US and diplomacy was an inconvenient and underused tactic. It takes an intelligent intellectual such as Barack Obama to see through the fog and see that Islam is not our enemy. Granted there are people within Islam that are enemies, but we have plenty of them in this country also and you can find the redneck, bigotted, racsist, radical blowhards on Fox News and wihtin the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    July 26, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Don't blow it Newt. You are your party's last chance to sound like you might have a clue about anything that is going on. I've always admired your intellect even while disagreeing with you. Your party has been taken over by a bunch of morons. Be more ethan the party of "NO"

    July 26, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. FM

    This is why GOP really screwed up in their solid 8 years in power. They don't follow the sequence of activities. Instead of concentrating in the coming mid-term elections, they are now jumping onto 2012 Presidential election! Gingrich must know better, unfortunately he doesn't prove so!

    July 26, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Aaron

    I wonder if he'll use doctored videos to make his points...

    July 26, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Peggy - TX

    RE: SAH from Virginia: No way Grinch will run w/ Palin as his running mate. In the last major GOP straw poll, Palin beat Newt ... which in itself is a sad commentary of the dying condition of the GOP.

    Yet, Newt still feels like a player, except he is now being played – most likely he was asked to deliver the "Obama is a bad Commander and Chief" message in the GOP's mid-term election strategy to beat Obama up from the far right, from the far left, and make Americans in the middle fear for the future and if the "Truth" gets lost in the process ... well just more collateral damage the ongoing GOP war against Americans.

    July 26, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. janetlaw

    "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality." Wow. You mean like Black Ops, Extraordinary Rendition, and Private Contractors, Newt? You mean words like that?

    July 26, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The only one deluded is Mr Gingrich. Our problems in the Middle East are brought upon us because of our greed and interefence in thier lives.
    We needed oil and made shady deals at the exspense of the citizens of these nations. We interefred in their politics to protect our interest and then get upset when they tell us to get lost.
    I am interested in knowing how Mr Gingrich would react to China, Germany or any other country coming in here and slowly and delberately taking over or heavily influencing our government.
    Oh wait- they have but the louder we as citizens complian the more we're told we are un patriotic.

    July 26, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Gil

    So lies and cover-ups about the truth of the war is what the American public is suppose to know according Newt!

    July 26, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. BB

    Old, White, Gray, Pale, Stale.....just another Republican.
    Been there, done that, Newt brought nothing but Garbage into our lives in 1994 with his stupid "Contract with America".....go find a new wife or something!
    Just stay out of our Politics. NO ONE WANTS YOU INVOLVED IN ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Gobama!

    Republicans will believe whatever they want to believe....The truth is that the Obama administration has killed/captured 4 times the amount of terrorists and insurgents than the Bush administration ever did. And Obama still hasn't declared "mission accomplished"!!! So keep screaming and crying republicans......You have two and a half more years to blindly and baselessly hate Obama for fixing our country! Gobama!

    July 26, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. CNN: employing human wastes of space since 1980

    Willful blindness beats willful ignorance any day. I can't believe Gingrich has any credibility. He really doesn't, but the major media outlets keep giving it to him. It's a symbiotic relationships normally shared between parasites. Neither is singly credible, but together they can at least try to give the appearance of credibility.

    Keep trying CNN. Some people may actually believe over time you are a credible news outlet. You've got some work to do, though.

    July 26, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. MikeH

    How's that mistress thing workin' for ya Newt?

    You in a 12-step program yet? Newt, I recommend you start attending Hypocrites Anonymous, 'cause you got serious problem with not tellin the truth.

    July 26, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Amar

    I'm sorry Angus McDugan, but I believe it's the republican in texas that are changing the text books...

    July 26, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. brendan

    Who is Newt to deliver a "national security address" or any other address to this Nation? Who is he to discuss bipartisanship of any kind. His idea of bipartisanship appears to be 'you do it our way so we can agree'.

    This fool is nothing more than a has-been, wannabe testing the waters. So, I think he would fit ideally as Sarah's VP. Please, please, let this happen. I don't want to have to go vote in November '12.

    July 26, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. w l jones

    Ours Generals through the rants been protecting us for over two hundred years so why would we put our trust in a has been politician.

    July 26, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. MikeH

    Newt is such a bald-face liar that even Faux Spews called him on his B.S.

    July 26, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. David in Houston

    This guy is a weasel.

    July 26, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Ron

    Your time has passed Newt. Move on, please?

    July 26, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Chris~Albany, NY

    "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality."...something W never, ever ever did...NOT!!!

    July 26, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. sonny chapman

    Hey Newt, what about W., in late August 2001, leafing through the PDB entitled "Bin Laden Intends to Attack Inside the U.S." with mention of hijacked planes. Conservatives would have BBQ'ed a Dem. if 9-11 had happened on, to quote Liz Cheney, "their watch". P.S.-maybe that's why W. looked so stunned when told of the attack while reading "My Pet Goat".

    July 26, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Carrotroot

    Republicans like to talk about character, but Newt's character flaws are very deep - He might be a little more politically savvy than Rudy Giuliani, but he personality is even worse ... even farm pig is more likable than this man.

    July 26, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. sandy

    All Newt and all the other Republicans know is war,war,war. Blow a country up then use american taxpayers money to build it back up and set up governments. we've had enough of that, and we don't Newt.

    July 26, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Mike Mazzla

    Ill file this under who cares.

    And Gomer.. I mean Angus...maybe you should check your redneck self into a clinic because your Gomer-esque posts all over CNN are sort of embarrasing..even to other redneck conservatives

    July 26, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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