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Gingrich Echoes Cheney Warning of Obama Risk to U.S.

By Rick Pedraza   |   Tuesday, 07 Apr 2009 04:56 PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is echoing former Vice President Dick Cheney’s assertions that President Barack Obama’s policies are increasing the risk of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Americans are more vulnerable because Obama has dismantled former President George W. Bush's anti-terror policies, Cheney said during an interview with CNN last month.

"President Obama is making some choices that in my mind will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack," Cheney said, noting the policies were “absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that led us to defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11."

Gingrich agrees, saying in Politico’s Arena forum: “Dick Cheney is clearly right in saying that, between the court decisions about terrorists and the administration actions, the United States is running greater risks of getting attacked than we were under President Bush.”

Gingrich, who also called Obama’s response to the North Korean missile launch this week a “vivid demonstration of weakness in foreign policy,” says Obama’s actions, including his proposal for a resumption of nuclear arms limitation talks, reflect “a dangerous fantasy that runs an enormous risk.”

Gingrich tells Politico’s Arena forum, “The embarrassing repudiation of the United States appeal to the United Nations Security Council Sunday afternoon is a vivid demonstration of weakness. This is beginning to resemble the Carter administration’s weakness in foreign policy.”

North Korea “is a totally irresponsible dictatorship run by a person who is clearly out of touch with reality,” says Gingrich, who suggests the threat of “unconventional forces to stand-off capabilities; to say we’re not going to tolerate a North Korean missile launch, period.”

“I think to say, ‘We are now going to have another meeting of the U.N. , to have another paper resolution that has meaningless effect,’ is very dangerous,” Gingrich says. “I have yet to see the United Nations do anything effective with either Iran or North Korea.”

The Obama administration is rapidly undermining the U.S. missile defense system while describing a fantasy world of trust and cooperation, Gingrich says. Ronald Reagan’s approach of trust and cooperation to achieve dramatic mutual reductions in nuclear weapons during the ’80s, he says, quickly pointing out that keeping a defensive shield was always more important to Reagan than a paper deal.

“Ronald Reagan believed we had to have a missile defense system to stop any country from breaking free and blackmailing other countries,” Gingrich says, adding the reminder that there were only five nuclear powers at the time: the Soviet Union, China, France, Britain, and the United States.

“Reagan would have been much more skeptical about a plan in an age of North Korean, Iranian and Pakistani nuclear developments. How do you apply his slogan of ‘trust but verify’ in dictatorships you can't trust and can't verify?”

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