Pawlenty: Obama Weak on Foreign Policy

Friday, 11 Mar 2011 11:24 AM

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, took President Barack Obama’s foreign policy to task at a presidential house party in New Hampshire Thursday. He said the president is too concerned about what other countries think of us, Politico reports.

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"I'm not overly concerned about our popularity ratings in Europe or the Middle East," Pawlenty said. "What I am concerned about is, is this nation secure."

In Libya Obama should advocate more strongly for a no-fly zone, Pawlenty said. "I would be more forward leaning than that." Pawlenty wasn’t too impressed with Obama’s stance toward Egypt either. "What was the plan between an 82-year-old dictator and chaos?" he asked.

“If you're dealing with thugs and bullies, they understand strength. They don't respect weakness."


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