Slog Music

Music, Nightlife,
and Drinks

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Newt Gingrich's Nightmarish Foreign Policies

Posted by on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Well, this sure isn't the talk you want to hear out of the Republican frontrunner:

Newt Gingrich on Wednesday equated the United States’ understanding of what will be a “long struggle with radical Islam” to where the country stood with the Soviet Union just after World War II, on the eve of a cold war that would dominate American foreign policy for more than four decades.

Because Cold War II is just what America needs right now. Even more worrisome: Jake Tapper quotes Gingrich as saying that if he becomes president, "If he will accept it, I will ask John Bolton to be Secretary of State.” Here's what I wrote about John Bolton, when he was toying with a run for president:

Back in 2005, George W. Bush thought it would be hee-larious to appoint John Bolton, a United Nations–hating hawk, as the US representative to the United Nations. Bush assigned Bolton to the seat when the Senate was on break, and his UN career ended in 2006, when he realized he would never get past a real Senate confirmation hearing and resigned...[Bolton is] a Muslim-hating xenophobe who would blow up the entire planet if you gave him a half second's access to the nuke launch codes...He recently equated the Obama administration to "indigestion." Thankfully, his base consists of 12 lunatic Islamophobic bloggers including Pamela "Atlas Shrugs" Geller.

Seriously, Bolton is terrible. He believes that America is preordained by God to show the world how to live, and he can't even conceal his hatred of Islam. He is not the person we want to send out into the world to represent us, and Gingrich listing him as his leading choice for Secretary of State is incredibly frightening.


Comments (18) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
ryanayr 1
"People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz" - Newt Gingrich, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, 16 January, 1994.
Posted by ryanayr on December 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM · Report this
this is more good news. this is who the republicans are. not the john huntsman bullshit i see people prattle on about. republicans are a nihilist/fascist alliance. that is who they will appoint. that is how they will govern.
Posted by philosophy school dropout on December 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 3
I would be more worried if Gingrich had a chance in hell of winning the election.
Posted by keshmeshi on December 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM · Report this
This is a deeply stupid country, but stupid enough to vote for Newt? If Europe goes down the shitter and takes us with them I would not hold my breath.
Posted by Rhizome on December 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM · Report this
balderdash 5
Jesus shitcock. Fat old white men just cannot stop fighting the fucking Cold War, can they?

IT'S OVER, YOU ASSHOLES. Go masturbate in a decommissioned Nike silo and leave the rest of us out of your insane armageddon fantasies.
Posted by balderdash on December 7, 2011 at 4:32 PM · Report this
It's a weak comparison. For one thing, the USSR was a massive country with an equally massive military. Any conflict between us and them would likely have been the end of civilization--they could hurt us as badly as we could hurt them.

Radical Islam is not a state. It doesn't have a massive integrated military force. There is no way to establish a doctrine of "mutually assured destruction" (unless we're willing to go nuclear on putative allies). If an Islamic terrorist acquired and used a nuclear device, who would you strike? Pakistan? Saudi Arabia? That's where Salafist Islamic radicals come from.

Cold war thinking utterly failed after 9/11. The fact that the Newtster is still using this language shows he's hardly the man of ideas he claims to be.
Posted by Westside forever on December 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM · Report this
"Cold war"?! Baby, the imminent next great war is going to be hot Hot HOT!
Posted by Spindles on December 7, 2011 at 5:06 PM · Report this
balderdash 8
@6, while it is true in formal logic that "Cold War thinking utterly failed after 9/11," it would be more conventionally true to say that "Cold War thinking utterly failed after Eisenhower," at least by measures of success that do not exclusively include the rise of the personal fortunes of neoconservatives.
Posted by balderdash on December 7, 2011 at 5:19 PM · Report this
John Bolton? Fuck that shit.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 7, 2011 at 6:28 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 10
@6- Oh you with your "reality-based policy making."
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on December 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM · Report this
Doctor Memory 11
...Gingrich listing him as his leading choice for Secretary of State is incredibly frightening.

Luckily, it's also proof that Newt doesn't have the slightest intention of seriously running for president, and is just taking advantage of a historically weak GOP field and his own monumental narcissism to ensure that his name stays in the news cycle for a few more years, thus guaranteeing his place on the far right book publishing / guest lecturer / invited professor circlejerk/gravy-train.
Posted by Doctor Memory on December 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM · Report this
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

--Albert Einstein.
Posted by Global Traveler on December 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM · Report this
Teslick 13
Ah, don't worry too much. Newt's been on his best behavior but even a guy like Rich Lowry is expecting the "four horsemen" of Newt's bad behavior to catch up to him soon. Newt's ego will get the best of him for all the world to see.
Posted by Teslick on December 7, 2011 at 9:26 PM · Report this
I can't improve on Jeff Greenfield's tweet:

"What, was Yosemite Sam not available?"
Posted by Pope Buck I on December 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM · Report this
Republicans claim government is a failure & when they get elected they do everything they can to make sure it is. Bolton would be perfect as SoS for President Gingrich. Not because he would be an effective voice for America or a force for world good but because he would be a disaster.
Posted by frankdawg on December 8, 2011 at 4:51 AM · Report this
16 Comment Pulled (Spam) Comment Policy
Looking For a Better Read 17
I have to agree with @11. I don't think Newt's actually serious about being elected Prez. The closer he actually gets to a nomination, the more of his bomb-throwing will come out.
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on December 8, 2011 at 7:50 AM · Report this
@14, Actually "Yosemite Sam" is running but he dropped dramatically in the polls after he couldn't remember the third agency of government he would eliminate.

@Paul, Cut Newt some slack. This is just his jobs plan. He's going to get everyone employed making smart bombs and bullets. John Bolton will start a ton of wars that will keep us at full employment for decades.

Whenever I hear someone say how terrorism is an equal or greater threat as the USSR during the cold war I just have to gape in amazement. The very worst possible thing that terrorists could do (aside from sparking us to invade more countries) is carry a small suitcase nuke into a city. That would be horrible and would kill tens of thousands of people. The very worst possible thing that the USSR could have done was launch enough nukes to turn the entire surface of the planet to glass and vaporize all life on the planet. Anyone who compares the terrorists to the USSR should have their head examined and be banned from politics or the media.
Posted by Root on December 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM · Report this

Add a comment


Want great deals and a chance to win tickets to the best shows in Seattle? Join The Stranger Presents email list!

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
1535 11th Ave (Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122
Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy