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

    "Obama's stance for this issue has been ambiguous at best."

    Obama's written statement to Mubarak last night inarguably made fairly stunning history by taking a clear stance and telling Mubarak pretty much in no uncertain terms to get lost. It took Reagan 3 years with the Phillipines and Clinton something like a year and a half with the Sudanese. Took Obama all of 2-3 weeks with Egypt. Those are all FACTS that put thinsg into historical context.

    You simply have no idea and no context for what you're talking about and are doing nothing more than regurgitating the blather you heard the bobblehead pundit from your "tribe" spewing on the 24 news channels. What's reallyk going on is that you desperatelly DESPERATEly want to find something about this that you acn use to criticize Obama, but the reality is he's handled the first phase pretty darn well.

    February 11, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are beginning to sound like a bunch of "gang bangers" ready to go anywhere looking for trouble regardless of who it may be and never thinking about the outcome.

    February 11, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Maria

    The US needs to stay out of other people politics. You are the worse bullies out there!

    February 11, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Gaylon Barrow

    Do you morons every read what Obama says or listen to what comes ont of his mouth. You think just because he's part black he has to be right. WRONG!! In his case he is a demon in disguise. He has no intentions of doing right for America. He wishes this country destroyed. If you do also then agree with him join him and be part of the group we run into the sea. The man certainly said that he desired the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the government in Egypt. Don't be blind as well as dumb. Listen unless you are a Muslim. Then if you are a Muslim read up on what they stand for and intend to do. In the meantime keep you stupid mouths shut for you're so wrong it is pitiful. No one is going to MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR YOU. YOU ARE JUST FODDER FOR OBAMA TO GAIN HIS FOOTHOLD IN DESTROYING AMERICA'S ECONOMY, HEALTHCARE, and BANKRUPTING THE NATION.

    February 11, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I really don't know what's worse...the untrue comments this moron has made or the folks that post here to DEFEND his untrue comments with some of their own. PATHETIC!!

    February 11, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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