News / USA

    Pawlenty Criticizes Obama's Middle East Policy

    Republican presidential hopeful, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (file photo)
    Republican presidential hopeful, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (file photo)

    In U.S. politics, the Republican presidential contenders for 2012 continue to hammer away at President Barack Obama’s economic record. But some of the Republican candidates are also taking shots at the president’s foreign policy agenda.

    The latest salvo on foreign policy came from former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

    Pawlenty told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that the Obama administration was slow to embrace democracy activists in Iran and slow to offer encouragement to the democracy movements that makeup the so-called ‘Arab Spring’.

    Pawlenty also criticized the president’s approach to the Middle East peace process involving Israel and the Palestinians.

    “The president really does not have a policy toward the peace process.  He has an attitude.  And let us be frank about what that attitude is.  He thinks Israel is the problem and he thinks the answer is always more pressure on Israel.  I reject that anti-Israel attitude.  I reject it because Israel is a close and reliable democratic ally.”

    But Pawlenty also offered thinly veiled criticism of some of his fellow Republican presidential contenders who would like to see a quicker drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

    “What is wrong is for the Republican Party to shrink from the challenges of American leadership in the world.  America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment and withdrawal.  It does not need a second one,” he said.

    Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has talked about quickening the pace of the U.S. troop withdrawal, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney warned against future nation-building efforts at a recent Republican candidates’ debate.

    Pawlenty is hoping to reignite some enthusiasm for his campaign after a recent poll in the early contest state of Iowa showed him well down the list of preferred Republican contenders.

    Near the top of that list was Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who officially joined the presidential race on Monday.

    “Together we can make a better America if we stick together.  Together we can bring the promise of the future.  Together we can!  Together we will!,” she said.

    Bachmann is running neck and neck in Iowa with the national Republican frontrunner, Mitt Romney, who has been campaigning in New Hampshire and focusing on the economy.

    “President Obama had said that if he had not turned the economy around in three years that it was a one-term proposition.  Well he is absolutely right,” Romney said.

    The pace of the Republican nomination battle is likely to intensify in the next few months even as two other potential contenders are deciding whether to the join the field -Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

    You May Like

    US Leaders Who Served in Vietnam War Look Back and Ahead

    In New York Times opinion piece, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Kerrey say as US strengthens relations with Vietnam, it is important to remember lessons learned from war

    Who Are US Allies in Fight Against Islamic State?

    There is little but opportunism keeping coalition together analysts warn — SDFs Arab militias are not united even among themselves, frequently squabble and don’t share Kurds' vision for post-Assad Syria

    Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

    Effective interaction with local populations part of everyday curriculum at Monterey, California, Defense Language Institute

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora