Bolton: Obama administration 'plain wrong' on Egypt
February 12th, 2011
03:10 PM ET
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Bolton: Obama administration 'plain wrong' on Egypt

Washington (CNN) - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton condemned President Obama as "weak" and "indecisive" on foreign affairs while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.

And specifically on the topic of the revolution in Egypt, Bolton stated "We don't have the leadership in the White House that can deal with it."

CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative-minded activists, which this year is extra-important because it's the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

Bolton described the Obama administration's approach to Egypt as "hesitant, inconsistent, confused, and just plain wrong."

Bolton recognized the Egyptian call for democracy, but questioned the administration's answer. "We have some degree of optimism, we can recognize that many of the people are legitimately calling for liberty and democracy as we see it," he said.

"But we know it is a responsibility of our government to protect our government and our friends and our allies," he continued, "Never forget Theodore Roosevelt's response: first and foremost we must make the world safe for ourselves."

Recommending a "careful and prudent approach," Bolton cautioned that "A democratic election can produce illiberal results. If you want to see what a Muslim Brotherhood looks like when it takes control, look at Hamas in the Gaza strip, it's not pretty."

"There is no guarantee that democratic forces can keep things moving in the right direction," he warned.

Finding fault with Obama's treatment of national security, Bolton said, "This is a critical time where we need a president who understands priorities, not somebody who's concerned with staying on top of media spin cycle."

And at a time when budget recommendations are a hot topic for discussion, Bolton offered some of his own.

"This is not the time for indiscriminate budget cuts in our national defense budget. A dollar well spent on defense is much more important than a dollar spent in the Agriculture department, the Interior department."

He closed with a rallying call to the audience, affirming, "We do not accept an American economy that is weak overtaxed and over-regulated. We do not accept an American military that is weak and poorly equipped. And in particular we do not accept an American president who is weak, indecisive, and apologetic."

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. You can't stand the truth!!!

    Some of these comments are just palin stupid. The U. S. owes more money than they will ever be able to pay. But, idiots get on here beggng for more spending, spend, spend, spend. The great old Democrat way. Don't worry the Republicans will bay the debt off. NOT THIS TIME. There is not enough money to save America this time. It is a matter of how long ERKEL will stay in office as to how long American will survive. As for you winos all your wanting is more welfare checks. Who is going to pay them? GO TO WORKS EVEN IF IN A GRABAGE DUMP. THIS IS WHERE YOU WINOS DESERVE TO BE. SEND THE ILLEGALS HOME WE CAN NOT AFFORD THEM.

    February 13, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  2. Marry

    Hello everyone – thank you for your great comments! The president did just fine – but like Mike-WA put it very well – the GOP/TP are just so wrong and they are dangerous!

    February 13, 2011 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  3. Larry

    I wouldn't put much stock in the Obama-bashing that gets flung around at CPAC. What little I've heard of it so far suggests the Republicans still can't come up with any ideas to sell.

    February 13, 2011 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  4. yaho

    He is so old fashioned ......plain.....wrong....... what is .....plain........that is his vocabulary !!!!!!!

    February 13, 2011 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  5. Martin (Germany)

    I am sorry for America, but as long as people like him say the things he said there is no real incentive for the world to forget and forgive the Bush years. President Obama does his best to restore the good standing of America in the world and along comes this guy, uttering his neandertalian grunts. What is the world to believe about the U.S. in terms of progress, peach, freedom, liberty when totalitarian repressives like him roam your country and get airtime in the media? Mr. Bolton, for the sake of your country, please be silent, you give americans a bad name!

    February 13, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. actionjacks

    that mehgan broad on fox cut short a reporter in israel when he reported the israelis wanted vice president suliman to become president of egypt. fox didn't want anyone to here it, i heard it. fox tv and israel don't want democracy in egypt. that megan is a ego drivan bitch.

    February 13, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  7. diridi

    it is the reason Mubarak left the office.....Obama is 100 percent right....people's voice over dictator...

    February 13, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Conservative

    John Bolton must have struck a nerve with all of you Obama supporters. Look at how angry you all get when Bolton expresses his views! In a democracy, people are allowed to express their views. Republicans and other Conservatives believe in democracy, too. When you have to resort to name calling, you've lost your argument, hands down!!

    February 13, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    Why is it that there are so many Republicans running for President that are scary?

    February 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. BlackPanthers2020

    Need I say more , but these are the types of people that some voted for , the worst of the worst and they WILL eventually bring this country to it's knees . We have news for all of these white people that call them republicans, take a good hard look what happen in Egypt because if republicans keep pushing with this hate , giving everything that the middle class and poor have worked for all these years continously to the wealthy , we will have no recourse to start our own REVOLUTION HERE IN AMERICA............................KILL CONSERVATISM AT IT'S CORE !!!!1!

    February 13, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. NVA Native

    Typical Arrogant sleaze ball Republican. He has faith that his opinions are correct. He has no facts to back up his opinions. He is a fool.
    Ann Coulter on the other hand is a social puss filled pimple that makes itself known with ugly and painful inflamation, and some day her head will pop from all that nastiness needing to escape.

    February 13, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. purnellmeagrejr

    I thought they took this guy out with the rest of the CHeney/Bush trash. Who cares what he says?
    Obama's handling of events in Egypt was superb – the President is a Zen master.

    February 13, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Sgt Joe

    This dirt ball deserves no spot in the media. I hate his imitation of a walrus too.

    February 13, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Bunky K

    Mr. Bolton has always extolled American Exceptionalism. He seems to believe that means that every other country in the world must do whatever we tell them, because America Knows Best. He is incensed that Mr. Obama allowed the Egyptian people to decide their fate. Perhaps not everyone in the world feels the way that you do Mr. Bolton.

    February 13, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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