On Thursday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich broke from Bush and the GOP pack’s party line and said that “Bush is waging a “phony war” on terrorism, warning that the country is losing ground against the kind of Islamic radicals who attacked the country on Sept. 11, 2001.” Perhaps Newt has learned something since his debate with John Kerry on Global Warming, because he sure sounded a lot of Kerry here:
A more effective approach, said Gingrich, would begin with a national energy strategy aimed at weaning the country from its reliance on imported oil and some of the regimes that petro-dollars support.
I can’t imagine the stalwart Bushies to have been happy with this assessment from Gingrich:
“We’ve been engaged in a phony war,” said Gingrich. “The only people who have been taking this seriously are the combat military.”
His remarks seemed to reflect, in part, the findings of a National Intelligence Estimate made public last month.
In the estimate, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that six years of U.S. efforts to degrade the al-Qaida terrorist group had left the organization constrained but still potent, having “protected or regenerated” the capability to attack the United States in ways that have left the country “in a heightened threat environment.”
“We have to take this seriously,” said Gingrich.
“We used to be a serious country. When we got attacked at Pearl Harbor, we took on Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany,” he said, referring to World War II.
“We beat all three in less than four years. We’re about to enter the seventh year of this phony war against … [terrorist groups], and we’re losing.”
Gingrich, speaking at National Conservative Student Conference noted the “failures of the performances of Republicans” and said, “We were in charge for six years…” referring to the Republican control between 2001 and early 2007, “I don’t think you can look and say that was a great success.”
He also called for end to the “partisanship” that has “polarized national politics and paralyzed the workings of government.”
“We have got to get past this partisan baloney, where I’m not allowed to say anything good about Hillary Clinton because ‘I’m not a loyal Republican,’ and she’s not allowed to say anything good about me, or she’s not a ‘loyal’ Democrat. What a stupid way to run a country.”
Surprisingly, right wing blog Hot Air actually gave Gingrich some props on this.