Gingrich Explains Libya Flip

He says that in the first interview, he was answering a question about how to further Obama's stated goal of "Qadaffy must go," which was not in fact his own goal. That is, he considered the US policy to now have been set by an ill-considered presidential commitment, and was explaining that "diplomacy" could not achieve this but only intervening on the side of the rebels.

Meanwhile, in the second interview, he was speaking of his own preferences -- no intervention, and of course therefore no presidential statement that "Qadaffy must go."

It's actually plausible, but I'd have to hear the whole of that first statement.

Wait... From this quote from his earlier remark...

VAN SUSTEREN: What would you do about Libya?

GINGRICH: Exercise a no-fly zone this evening, communicate to the Libyan military that Gadhafi was gone and that the sooner they switch sides, the more like they were to survive, provided help to the rebels to replace him. I mean, the idea that we're confused about a man who has been an anti-American dictator since 1969 just tells you how inept this administration is. They were very quick to jump on Mubarak, who was their ally for 30 years, and they were confused about getting rid of Gadhafi. This is a moment to get rid of him. Do it. Get it over with.

... he does not sound to me like a man who's merely accepting Obama's predicate that Qadaffy must go. It sounds very much like he's criticizing Obama for being "confused" about that conclusion.

Posted by: Ace at 05:13 PM



Comments

1 Meh.

He's still a washed-up establishment jerk. And what I'd have to hear is the question that led to the first answer, not just the entirety of the whole first answer.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) at March 23, 2011 05:17 PM (8y9MW)

2 Maybe one was about Qadaffy and the other was about Gadafi.

Posted by: USA at March 23, 2011 05:19 PM (YZISw)

3 It sounds very much like he's criticizing Obama for being "confused" about that conclusion.
Which is a MUCH easier position to defend, IMHO, considering the absolute clusterfuck this operation is turning out to be.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 23, 2011 05:21 PM (UvFnc)

4 Fuck Newt, he makes Mitt seem trustworthy.

Posted by: mugiwara at March 23, 2011 05:21 PM (KI/Ch)

5 FUCK

Posted by: Mitt Romney at March 23, 2011 05:24 PM (4ZxEW)

6 Oh good, please keep posting; eventually that damnable Katamari javascript will be pushed off the main site page.

It's driving me crazy!!!!

Posted by: BlackOrchid at March 23, 2011 05:25 PM (SB0V2)

7 Piss on Newt. Hey Newty, back on the couch with your harlot buddy.

Posted by: Vic at March 23, 2011 05:25 PM (M9Ie6)

8 God I hate Newt. The local GOP regulars think he's great. But then they love anyone with good hair, whose name they recognize and who is on Fox and shit. No opinions, no critique - it's all about UNITY!!1!

Bored the shit outta me.

Posted by: jeannie at March 23, 2011 05:26 PM (GdalM)

9
Newt's downfall? When he played kissy-face and smacky-mouth with Pelosi sitting on the couch. End game Newt, off to the showers.

Posted by: Fish the Impaler at March 23, 2011 05:26 PM (ZHsNw)

10
Is it because he's black?

Posted by: Soothsayer at March 23, 2011 05:27 PM (uFokq)

11 OT/Tech Note: The front page is waaaaay wide. Unreadably so. Individual poats accessed via "New Comments Thingy" are as usual.

That is all.

[Oh, and Newt is dead to me -- as of 1984]

Posted by: Running Hobo at March 23, 2011 05:28 PM (l1oyw)

12 Is it because he's black?

It's because he's a lesbian.

Posted by: ripped from the headlines at March 23, 2011 05:28 PM (GTbGH)

13 Okay, so Newt:

A- Forgot what he said on FNC

B- Didn't think anyone was recording it

Or

C- Is an unprincipled asshole

I'm going to take C for the win!

Posted by: DrewM. at March 23, 2011 05:29 PM (HicGG)

14
Newt's middle finger is in the air testing for a strong wind, but the only wind behind his back is a bean fart, and that will not be the ticket to the White House.

Posted by: Fish the Impaler at March 23, 2011 05:29 PM (ZHsNw)

15
Brandon has a point.

All this will be trivial if casualties ensue.

Posted by: Soothsayer at March 23, 2011 05:30 PM (uFokq)

16 His mommasaid her Newtie called me a bitch.

Posted by: Cankles Clinton at March 23, 2011 05:30 PM (yQWNf)

17 Newt's middle finger is in the air testing for a strong wind, but the only wind behind his back is a bean fart, and that will not be the ticket to the White House.
Posted by: Fish the Impaler at March 23, 2011 05:29 PM (ZHsNw)
That would make for a kick ass editorial cartoon. Well played.

Posted by: ErikW at March 23, 2011 05:31 PM (TYp0F)

18 I really must protest. We got two posts on the Gingrich flip and none on the Romney flip. It's a conspiracy to avoid hurting the Mormon RINO.

Not that there is anything much wrong with being a Mormon.

Posted by: Which one of you morons put this bag of Snowe on my porch and lit it? at March 23, 2011 05:31 PM (F/4zf)

19 I hope Newt is cons crazy nominee. He reminds me of uncle Sven who does sex to reindeer and then cheats on reindeer for another reindeer. Drunken hillbilly Gingrich is perfect nominee for insane people of balls in face republican party.

Posted by: Torquil Jorgensen at March 23, 2011 05:31 PM (4ZxEW)

20 I just got my GINGRICH - ROMNEY! 2012 tee shirt!

They only come in extra medium.

Posted by: That guy whos shits his pants when the phone rings at March 23, 2011 05:31 PM (TXKVh)

21 Don't make me say it.

Posted by: hugh hewitt at March 23, 2011 05:32 PM (GTbGH)

22 Newt Gingrich is a grrrrrreat americannnnnnnn

Posted by: Sean Hannity at March 23, 2011 05:33 PM (yQWNf)

23 You know who all this ridiculous flipping around by Gingrich benefits, don't you?

Of course you do.

Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at March 23, 2011 05:34 PM (HicGG)

24 I posted this in the last thread, but since it isn't about BO bc, no one could put me some knowledge.

Is Obama even aware that we are losing our heroes in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Why hasn't he even been asked about those two wars lately?

When was the last time you heard him mention Iraq, Afghanistan/ When was the last time he visited there? When was the last time he was asked about them? Does he write a letter to each hero lost, as Bush did?

A
nearby city just lost a hero in Afghanistan. He had a 5 year old son, a
beautiful wife, and a darling young daughter whose 3rd b-day is Friday.

F*ck you Mr. Obama.I don't give a shit where you started but I damn sure know where you are going.

Posted by: momma at March 23, 2011 05:34 PM (penCf)

25 Not that there is anything much wrong with being a Mormon.

Really?

Posted by: That guy wears non-magical underwear at March 23, 2011 05:34 PM (TXKVh)

26 Well enough about Newt.... let's talk about me!

Posted by: Sean Hannity at March 23, 2011 05:34 PM (yQWNf)

27
You guys saw this chop of Obama's brackets, yes?


Posted by: Soothsayer at March 23, 2011 05:36 PM (uFokq)

28 Posted by: That guy wears non-magical underwear
I'm trying to be polite, and it's not like their book is anywhere near as bat shit crazy as the Koran.

Posted by: Which one of you morons put this bag of Snowe on my porch and lit it? at March 23, 2011 05:36 PM (F/4zf)

29 26
Well enough about Newt.... let's talk about me!

Posted by: Sean Hannity

Crack every once in a while a book why don't ya.

Posted by: That guy who's always cracking a book at March 23, 2011 05:37 PM (TXKVh)

30
Newt has been flip-flopping in an attempt to sashay into the primaries with good poll numbers, but has hurt his image by RINOing on occasion until he could detect the wind from we members of the unwashed proletariat. I vote thumbs down, and feed him to the lions.

Posted by: Fish the Impaler at March 23, 2011 05:37 PM (ZHsNw)

31
The important thing is that Obama is advancing civil rights for trannies.

Except for in the military...for now.

Posted by: Soothsayer at March 23, 2011 05:38 PM (uFokq)

32 Screw Newt...he's a RINO! That's right...I said it!

Posted by: Mark Levin at March 23, 2011 05:39 PM (5w2eY)

33 Not to rain on your parade, but why do we care?

Posted by: KG at March 23, 2011 05:39 PM (2k/Dg)

34 He never joined me and little Keith in my bathtub to talk about global warming...... really.

Posted by: Keith Olberman at March 23, 2011 05:40 PM (yQWNf)

35 The Clintons turned him into a Newt. He never got better.

Posted by: Fritz at March 23, 2011 05:41 PM (/8mBu)

36 Test

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 23, 2011 05:42 PM (7+pP9)

37 Newt's like Dick Morris, he might have an insight that I'd be interested in hearing now and then, but I couldn't stand being in the same room with the smarmy prick.

And I definitely don't trust him.

Posted by: ontherocks at March 23, 2011 05:46 PM (HBqDo)

38 I hope Newt is cons crazy nominee. He reminds me of
uncle Sven who does sex to reindeer and then cheats on reindeer for
another reindeer. Drunken hillbilly Gingrich is perfect nominee for
insane people of balls in face republican party.

Posted by: Torquil Jorgensen at March 23, 2011 05:31 PM (4ZxEW)


Who are you, Yakoff Schmirnoff?

Posted by: Sponge at March 23, 2011 05:50 PM (UK9cE)

39 ontherocks

the toe sucker always says he's going to reveal some devastating information and NEVER COMES THROUGH........he's like those time/life books about the pyramids.......nothing new ever is revealed..........

Posted by: phoenixgirl at March 23, 2011 05:50 PM (eOXTH)

40 I don't understand why people don't take Newt seriously

Posted by: Dede Scozzafava at March 23, 2011 05:52 PM (uqJo6)

41

Posted by: phoenixgirl at March 23, 2011 05:50 PM (eOXTH) They both suck, which one?



































Posted by: ontherocks at March 23, 2011 05:53 PM (HBqDo)

42 Anyone who encouraged US involvement in Libya and now has second thoughts, should just STFU! It's too late! Recriminations and blame are useless, and if you think it was wrong, blame your own f'n self.
It's always the same old fucking thing. Everyone whines and cries at the top of their lungs for the US to DO something, and thenwhen we RELUCTANTLY step in, all of a sudden, the US is an imperialist pig who needs to stay out of everyone's business.
In hind sight, we should have let Russia and the ME wipe each out, instead of stepping in to try and halt communism. Both communism and islam are equally heiness, and neither would have stopped until no one was left standing. The world would have been so much better today.

Posted by: Dianne at March 23, 2011 05:56 PM (RPC8g)

43 I'm not a fan of people who decide which way the wind is blowing before they take a stand, nor am I fond of those who use politics as a means of getting "do-overs".

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 23, 2011 05:58 PM (UO6+e)

44 Not much radiological doom news today. Are the Fukushima reactors stabilized?

Posted by: toby928 at March 23, 2011 05:59 PM (GTbGH)

45 Dear Newt,

Thanks for '94.

Now go away.

Hedgehog

Posted by: Hedgehog at March 23, 2011 06:01 PM (Rn2kl)

46 >>44
Not much radiological doom news today. Are the Fukushima reactors stabilized?


Tap water in Tokyo not safe for infant consumption.

Posted by: Dr Spank at March 23, 2011 06:01 PM (4ZxEW)

47 There is good news however, Sloe Joe is at Yankees training camp.

http://tinyurl.com/4ocwe9t

So he at least can't be fucking anything up in DC in person.

Posted by: Hedgehog at March 23, 2011 06:04 PM (Rn2kl)

48 Our intervention is a big clusterfarck. There is only one issue and that is Khadafi. But our policy is to leave him alone. The best way to deal with these kind of issues is to assassinate the bastards. Then we don't need a no-fly zone.

Posted by: gordo at March 23, 2011 06:05 PM (B6+pz)

49 Gingrich isn't a power player anymore. He's a hobbyist and a complete nonentity for anyone under the age of 35.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at March 23, 2011 06:06 PM (OW0nw)

50 You know who IS a power player?

I'll give you a hint: He's got great hair and a wife you'd wanna hit like a Tusken Raider teeing off on Luke Skywalker's skull with a banta stick.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at March 23, 2011 06:08 PM (TATbF)

51 I'll give you a hint: He's got great hair and a wife you'd wanna hit
like a Tusken Raider teeing off on Luke Skywalker's skull with a banta
stick.

So....Harrison Ford is a power player.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at March 23, 2011 06:10 PM (Z1jiu)

52 Don't go away mad Newt, just go away.
Can we please stop getting past presidential rejects and washed up establishment hacks?

Posted by: BruceTheRobert at March 23, 2011 06:12 PM (re6ik)

53 @9: "End game Newt, off to the showers."
We'll thank you not to throw him in with us.

Posted by: Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Russians, & Homosexuals Local 591 at March 23, 2011 06:19 PM (xy9wk)

54

Can we please stop getting past presidential rejects and washed up establishment hacks?


Posted by: BruceTheRobert at March 23, 2011 06:12 PM (re6ik)
Hahahahahahahahaha! Yeah, keep dreamin' buddy!

Posted by: The RNC at March 23, 2011 06:23 PM (KI/Ch)

55 @50: "You know who IS a power player? I'll give you a hint: He's got great hair and a wife you'd wanna hit like a Tusken Raider teeing off on Luke Skywalker's skull with a banta stick. "
Obama already is our President, sir.

Posted by: Chris Matthews at March 23, 2011 06:23 PM (xy9wk)

56 Let us not forget about Mike Huckabee; renown for his famous Huckabee Report, - a Paul Harvey wannabee retard, smugly self-righteous yet possessing no sense of humor.

Posted by: Fritz at March 23, 2011 06:23 PM (/8mBu)

57 I'll give you a hint: He's got great hair and a
wife you'd wanna hit like a Tusken Raider teeing off on Luke Skywalker's
skull with a banta stick.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at March 23, 2011 06:08 PM (TATbF)
Would I use little pills for that, a sports drink, or just jack it up in the nearest wall socket?

Posted by: ontherocks at March 23, 2011 06:24 PM (HBqDo)

58 @50: " like a Tusken Raider teeing off on Luke Skywalker's skull with a banta stick."
Wouldn't that be a gaffi stick?

Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at March 23, 2011 06:25 PM (xy9wk)

59 Who the hell even cares what Newt has to say anymore?

Didn't his
Elvis leave the building when he plopped his fat ass on a park bench
with Nancy Pelosi to spout off the "green" bullshit?

Posted by: jmflynny at March 23, 2011 06:25 PM (piMMO)

60 we would make a great late night talk show. show us the money and we'll make someone rich. Such delicious and spot on snark needs to be heard more..

Posted by: The Great Satan's Ghost at March 23, 2011 06:32 PM (cByDz)

61 #55 LOL!!!!

Posted by: Dianne at March 23, 2011 06:34 PM (RPC8g)

62 OT: Boehner sends another letter as Ros-Lehtinen promises hearings and senators discuss possible vote on Libya. The letter is full of questions about our policy towards Libya (if you can call it that), though who knows whether they will schedule a vote.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at March 23, 2011 06:35 PM (UO6+e)

63 That's good Newt. Now explain this:
COUCH

Posted by: Guy Who Says COUCH at March 23, 2011 06:40 PM (QKKT0)

64 I tried to make my cooch a no-fly zone but it just got to be too much effort.

Posted by: Andrea Mitchell at March 23, 2011 06:42 PM (QKKT0)

65 Republicans have themselves all tangled up over Libya. They love criticizing the Fraud in Chief, but you know damn well they'd like nothing better than to borrow a few trillion more and send a force in to Libya to haul QDaffy out of his spider hole. Look for more GOP "leaders" to step on their cranks over Libya.

Posted by: some dope at March 23, 2011 07:00 PM (BZEkR)

66 The internet is for ever, Newt.. you fucking sack of shit.

Posted by: Ugrev at March 23, 2011 07:18 PM (862vz)

67 Fuck Newt in his squeak hole with a finely sharpened Confederate saber.

Posted by: Barbarian at March 23, 2011 07:21 PM (EL+OC)

68 "Conservatives" are so all over the map with Libya, they are making Obama look decisive. The Stupid Party never disappoints. When you want to see really, really stupid, just wait and see what the GOP does next.

2011 will end with not a fucking cent cut from the budget. We'll be in three wars. We will be closer to bankrupt and ready to default. The economy will be near flat. And Obama will win a second term with more than 53% of the vote. Anyone want to bet?

Oh, fuck Newt. I almost forgot to say that.

Posted by: Randall Hoven at March 23, 2011 07:27 PM (MK+1c)

69 Yeah ace,we already have written off Newt as a fuckweasel.I don't care how much flipping and flopping he does,he is dead to me.

Posted by: steevy at March 23, 2011 07:28 PM (kUbaX)

70 i wonder if nancy has that seat warmed up next to her on that couch saying we need to do something about co2 he is a fucking asshole

Posted by: pd at March 23, 2011 08:29 PM (ZR8/4)

71 You're not as smart (but then, who among us is?) as Noot Buonaparte, so of course you don't understand the nuance there.

Posted by: Ken at March 23, 2011 10:47 PM (fFh95)

72 Never trust a guy named for a lizard

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at March 25, 2011 12:01 PM (vA9ld)






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