Gingrich Damns Obama With Faint Praise « The Washington Independent
I had wondered how former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had been blasting President Obama up to Sunday morning over his response to the Somali pirate crisis, would respond to the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips. Gingrich tweets his answer:
The Defense Department twice asked Obama for permission to use to rescue Capt. from a lifeboat off the Somali coast. Obama first gave permission around 8 p.m. Friday, and upgraded it at 9:20 a.m. Saturday … on Sunday said Obama received regular updates by phone and in person at the — including 11 memos — and during his daily intelligence briefings with senior officials.
It’s really quite strange for Gingrich to deny the commander-in-chief credit for a successful mission that he ordered.
In 1984, Gingrich led the ad hoc
American Opportunity Foundation has produced an ad that pictures blindfolded American hostages in Iran and an American student from kissing U.S. soil last year. “On Oct. 25, 1984,” it says, “America will debate the difference between bondage and freedom.”
said the events would be “a nonprofit, educational experience.” He said that each selected campus would “invite . . . liberal Democrats to come and explain why they thought Iran was a more appropriate model than “
“If it does help the president’s campaign, it does,” said foundation director Maura Gavigan.
Obviously, the Grenada invasion was a much larger mission, with casualties, but Gingrich didn’t say that Reagan deserved credit for “allowing” the military to win there.
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