Obama Has Mishandled Foreign Policy, Say GOP Presidential Hopefuls
May 9, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Following several days of widespread praise for President Barack Obama, a handful of potential Presidential candidates have changed course by criticizing the Commander In Chief’s foreign policy.
In what many pundits billed as an event featuring the GOP’s “B-team,” the first major political debate of the 2012 campaign season was held on May 5 in South Carolina. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Governor Gary Walker and businessman Herman Cain participated in the debate, which was aired nationally on FOX News.
Obama has received bipartisan support over the past week in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, but that didn’t prevent the five participants from slamming the President’s handling of other international conflicts. For example, Pawlenty condemned Obama’s decision to relent in Libya.
“He made a decision to subordinate our decision making to the United Nations,” said Pawlenty, quoted by media outlets. “I don’t agree with that at all. If he says [Libyan dictator Moammar] Gadhafi must go, he needs to maintain the options to make Gadhafi go. And he didn’t do that.”
Santorum said that former President George W. Bush made the key strategic decisions in hunting down bin Laden, while Obama simply made a “tactical decision.” In terms of foreign policy strategies, Santorum claimed that the current President has faltered “every single time.”