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In foreign affairs speech, Pawlenty goes after Obama and Republicans

Tim Pawlenty
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Tim Pawlenty

“The Middle East is changing before our eyes — but our government has not kept up,” he said. “The next president must do better. Today, in our own Republican Party, some look back and conclude our projection of strength and defense of freedom was a product of different times and different challenges. While times have changed, the nature of the challenge has not.”

In assessing Obama’s foreign policy approach, Pawlenty repeated a phrase from his presidential rival, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: Obama has “led from behind,” pointing to his hesitancy to address democratic uprisings in Iran, Egypt and Syria.

“I called for [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad’s departure on March 29; I call for it again today,” Pawlenty said. “We should recall our ambassador from Damascus; and I call for that again today. The leader of the United States should never leave those willing to sacrifice their lives in the cause of freedom wondering where America stands. As President, I will not.”

“What is wrong is for the Republican Party to shrink from the challenges of American leadership in the world,” Pawlenty said. “America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment, and withdrawal. It does not need a second one.”

Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Gerald Abrahamson on 06/28/2011 - 10:44 am.

    ‘“failed states” such as Iran and Syria — should be subject to economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure until they respect the rights of their people.’

    ROFLMAO !!!

    Timmy fails again.

    By *his own definition*, most of the Middle East countries are “failed states”. Why? Because they do NOT “respect the rights of their people”.

    Is he going to ‘reform’ the “failed states” of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE? Of course NOT.

    Conservative leadership appears to be an oxymoron in the real world.

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 06/28/2011 - 11:09 am.

    Given that we are struggling to “win” in such obviously “failed” states as Afghanistan and Iraq (10 years and counting…) further projections of power are incredibly foolish and irresponsible.

    Does anybody in the US even know these countries and politics well enough to push a specific leader or party to power? And by visibly backing one specific party or person, doesn’t the backing of the US automatically decrease the credibility of that party or person (thanks again, Iraq and Afghanistan)?

    We have an amazingly bad track record with that in the last half century, perhaps Mr. Pawlenty should read some modern history. Gunboat diplomacy is a dangerous relic of the past.

  3. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 06/28/2011 - 01:06 pm.

    Social coersion in the Middle East will balance our budget and pay off our debt, too, I suppose. Good one, T-Paw.

    “Charity begins at home.”

  4. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 06/28/2011 - 01:17 pm.

    Just out of curiosity, is there a large political constituency (besides the defense industry), for more Middle East military adventures?

  5. Submitted by C.S. Senne on 06/28/2011 - 01:18 pm.

    It’s difficult for me to decide who’s more dangerous: TPaw or Shelley Bachmann.

  6. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 06/28/2011 - 01:28 pm.

    Well now we know that Pawlenty knows just as little if not less about foreign affairs as he does economics.

  7. Submitted by Jeff Wilfahrt on 06/28/2011 - 04:34 pm.

    “It breaks my heart that President Obama treats Israel, our great friend, as a problem, rather than as an ally,” Pawlenty said. “We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with them.” – Pawlenty

    Guess who’s looking for donors!

    Checkbook a little light on funds Slapshot Tim?

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

  8. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 06/28/2011 - 04:43 pm.

    Should we trust this man to make decisions about war and peace? Should we trust him in any other regard?

  9. Submitted by Roy Everson on 06/29/2011 - 01:59 am.

    ” sought to differentiate himself at the same time from both the Obama administration and the current crop of Republican presidential candidates”

    Any candidate who fails to differentiate himself from Bush 43 is a potential war criminal.

  10. Submitted by rolf westgard on 06/29/2011 - 08:21 am.

    Whenever the latest nonsense from TPaw gets me really down and tense, I take out my copy of ‘Courage to Stand”, look for a time at the cover photo of big chested Tim, and I relax, knowing that he is in the ring fighting for us, making the world safe for democracy and justice.

  11. Submitted by Jean Schiebel on 06/29/2011 - 05:00 pm.

    How can anyone take the former Governor seriously, when his last 2 years of his term were spent courting the no tax conservatives at the detriment of most of Minnesota.
    He travels the country exaggerating how he left the state with a balanced budget..
    Don’t forget, a bridge went down under his watch and many died..he has hedged that one for a long time.

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