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Pawlenty Gives Hawkish Speech On Foreign Relations

June 28, 2011 by  

Pawlenty Gives Hawkish Speech On Foreign Relations

On Tuesday, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty gave a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. In it, the 2012 Presidential candidate expressed his concerns about President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies.

“I want to speak plainly this morning about the opportunities and the dangers we face today in the Middle East. The revolutions now roiling that region offer the promise of a more democratic, more open, and a more prosperous Arab world,” Pawlenty said. “But President Obama has failed to formulate and carry out an effective and coherent strategy in response to these events. He has been timid, slow, and too often without a clear understanding of our interests or a clear commitment to our principles.”

Pawlenty went on to criticize Obama’s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reactions to the so-called “Arab Spring” more specifically.

“Instead of promoting democracy – whose fruit we see now ripening across the region – he adopted a murky policy he called ‘engagement,’” Pawlenty said. “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. We need a president who fully understands that America never ‘leads from behind.’”

Pawlenty also criticized the more isolationist members of the Republican Party: “What is wrong, is for the Republican Party to shrink from the challenges of American leadership in the world.  History repeatedly warns us that in the long run, weakness in foreign policy costs us and our children much more than we’ll save in a budget line item.

“America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment, and withdrawal.  It does not need a second one.”

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  • Dan az

    NO THANKS WE ALREADY HAVE PLENTY!If he thinks what we need is more control over other countries then who do you think he works for?The CFR is supplying our candidates on both sides of the isle,the last thing we need is another bilderberg want to be that openly wants to join them.This guy has know clue!

  • s c

    You got it, Dan. If Pawlenty has any reason to be in politics, he needs to avoid groups like the CFR. It’s almost as though he’s sucking up to the CFR so he can be in a good position to sell himself later – if he hasn’t done it already. Can you say politician for sale?

  • Mark in LA

    What exactly did this clown Pawlenty say. Oh yeah, nothing. Nobody knows what direction things are going to go there except that radical Muslims will get a bigger share of the pie.

    There is no way to win there, no matter what we do. Our long term Israel first policies are catching up to us. Pawlenty is probably smart enough to know that, but his audience is not, so he berates Obama for not having a “plan” when he knows himself he doesn’t either, except the usual platitudes about democracy.


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