Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Giuliani: Obama Inconsistent on Libya

UPDATE: Here's an excerpt from Giuliani's appearance on WKXL's New Hampshire Now program Thursday morning.

GIULIANI: The president’s handling of Libya is startlingly – strange.  I’ve never seen an American president do this. I don’t understand how you announce that you want Gadhafi to go. And then France and the Arab League ask you to participate in a no-fly zone, and you sit there fumbling for a week. Because, having worked for Ronald Reagan, having worked at much longer distance for Gerald Ford, and having worked in and out of the White House, so I have an idea about presidential decision-making. I can’t imagine a president in the last 50 years announcing you want the leader of a country to go, and not being willing to back that up. 
Q: It’s, I think in who Obama is, and a lot of this was discussed within the context of the primary. You have the governors; you have mayors, who are forced to make action. And you have senators who are pragmatic, and deal in theory, or are ideologues. And I think that Obama very often gets caught in trying to reason with the ramifications as opposed to making it a firm action that may or may not be judged incorrectly in history. 
GIULIANI: But the reality is, we need a president who can make decisions. This is a fast-moving world. The internet makes it spin even faster. And we have a president that’s going to sit there for a week trying to figure out – fly-zone or no-fly zone – after he announced that the guy should go. I mean, I understand the complexities of a no-fly zone. I could even understand why [Defense Secretary] Gates is against it; and why we may not want to do it. That’s not the part I’m criticizing. I think I would opt for it, but it would be one of those 55/45 decisions; not 100%. You have to really think it over. But, what I don’t understand is how you announce that the guy should leave, and that you hadn’t thought out step number two. That’s very dangerous.

NECN's LAUREN COLLINS: On Libya, Giuliani tells NECN the president has been all talk and no action with disastrous results. 
GIULIANI: Just think of what happened because of his dithering and his delay, and his failure to make decisions. How many people died from the time he announced he was going to take Gadhafi out, or wanted him out, until now?

COLLINS: Giuliani suspects that's why Hillary Clinton won't stay on as Secretary of State. 
GIULIANI: He takes way too long to make decisions. And by the time he makes them, a lot of the terrible consequences he could avoid have already taken place. It has to be very frustrating for Hillary Clinton as a Secretary of State to be marginalized like that. 
COLLINS: No word on when he'll return to New Hampshire, but Giuliani says if he runs again, he'll make this state a campaign priority.

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