Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich didn’t find much he liked in President Obama’s terrorism speech this past Thursday, citing what he believes is naiveté on the part of the POTUS.
Gingrich was part of a round table on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ this week, where host Candy Crowley asked the Republican for his thoughts on the President’s speech.
“I think it’s just stunningly, breathtakingly naïve,” Gingrich said. “He [Obama] said at one point, ‘Wars have to end.’ “Well, Trotsky said, ‘You may not care about war, but war cares about you.’”
The former GOP presidential candidate highlighted the recent displays of terror in Boston and London, and claimed that the President was more concerned about preserving his legacy than the facing the reality of widespread terrorism.
“Right after you have somebody beheaded in London, a bomb go off in Boston, you have the Iranians — as you were just told by Congressman McCaul — every day trying to penetrate our system with cyber,” said the former Speaker. “You have an Iranian nuclear program underway, and the President announces cheerfully, ‘The war’s going to end because I’m not happy being a war president.’”
The former presidential candidate also criticized the Bush administration, saying both the current and previous president didn’t want to speak honestly about how big the threat of terrorism actually is.
Gingrich has often been critical of the President’s approach to the War on Terror. During the 2012 presidential election, the Speaker expressed a large amount of disgust at Obama’s handling of potential terrorism threats.
“There’s something sick about an administration which is so pro-Islamic that it can’t even tell the truth about the people who are trying to kill us,” Gingrich said at the time.
Gingrich’s remarks on Sunday come after the President’s speech to the National Defense Academy. During the talk, Obama expressed an interest in both ending the War on Terror and closing down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, but Republicans have warned the President against being too passive in regard to the ongoing threat of terrorism.