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Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich knocked President Barack Obama on foreign policy Sunday, saying the president is "leading from behind" in the United States-Russia negotiations over Syria's chemical weapons.
"Russian influence just increased in the Middle East dramatically. We are now relying on the Russians. We're now following from behind," said Gingrich, who's now a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire." "This is not a good long-term position."
What's all this "leading from behind junk". I like it when other countries who have a greater vested interest in settling an international affair takes the lead. We are not trading partners with Syria. They have not attacked one of our allies nor have they invaded a soveriegn country. So what's wrong with another country/leader taking on the responsibility of doing some of the heavy lifting necessary to keep everything working smoothly.
Lee Iacocca coined the phrase “lead follow or get out of the way” when saving Chrysler from bankruptcy. I suggest to Newt Gingrich that the Republicans are not leading but that they are in the way and stepping aside with a civil tongue and helping some is what bipartisan effort is about. Blocking the road is not leading its being a pain in the lane.
Last time I checked, Obama was elected President thus he's the US' leader. Obama couldn't lead a drowning man out of water...
The American Govt. has always had their nose in every other country`s business....labelled as atrocities, yet that same govt is blind to American patriots being over run by immigrant opportunists. I think we have a full plate without going abroad.
The only skills Newt Gingrich has is running his mouth off. What a waste of DNA!
100 000 people died and many atrocities were committed , it did get a mention in the news and that was more or less it.
It started out as a protest and we stood by while the terrorists hijacked the uprising and turned it around for their own devious gains.
Syria is a secular state and I have visited there and seen how Muslims and Christians live together and never witnessed open hostilities.
When will the West learn that you can not import democracy into the Middle East .
Has Obama even figured out who's side he would be fighting on and there is still no proof who actually used the Sarin gas.
There is a deal on the table and why not work with it and see if it will be the right outcome for the Syrian people which it should be all about , not who is going to win the war of words.
I will NEVER watch this show because of Newt. I have zero respect or interest in listening to him. Bad choice, you'll lose a lot of your audience at that time period.
My point exactly, Whyuask. Let others take the lead on diplomatic situations from time to time; we pay so much of the UN's budget that it's about time we let that investment work for us. Besides, Russia cannot diminish our power militarily, so it is quite irrelevant whether or not we take a lead on Syria. We will STILL speak with the might of the United States military behind us.
I have to ask how could one "follow from ahead?". I'm just saying.
But Newt this is what the American people want. They dont know anything about foreign policy and what the consequences are they just dont want America involved. In 10 years when this catches up to us the American people most likely wont blame themselves they will just blame Obama even though they were the ones who didnt want America involved in Syria.
We can not afford to be in front all the time.
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