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Newt Gingrich’s ‘most dangerous’ attack on President Obama

Newt Gingrich loves bombast. He tosses words like hand grenades and Molotov cocktails at people and institutions that run afoul of his worldview. President Obama has been pelted over the years by the historian. But there was something about Monday’s harangue in Oklahoma by Gingrich that could only elicit a “wow” from me. He told students at Oral Roberts University, “Barack Obama is the most dangerous president in modern history.”

The former House Speaker was prattling on about how Obama has offered up the U. S. of A. on an altar to “radical Islamists.”

Across the planet today, the forces of religious repression are on the march and this administration has intellectually disarmed. It has morally disarmed. It is incapable of describing what threatens us.. . .
The president wants to unilaterally weaken the United States. He wants to cut the aid to Israel for its anti-ballistic missile defense. He refuses to take Iran seriously. We are in a world that is very dangerous. And I say this to those of you who represent the next generation because you’re going to bear the consequences. We are really at risk someday in your lifetime of losing an American city. . . .

So, defeating Barack Obama becomes, in fact, a duty of national security because the fact is that he is incapable of defending the United States.

Gingrich will say anything to get attention. The redder the meat, the bigger the hand grenade the better, it seems. And, as is his wont, Gingrich goes too far. God forbid some unstable soul thinks it is his or her duty in the name of national security to preempt the ballot box. But any notion that Obama is incapable of defending the United States — or even unwilling to do so — was put to bed on May 1, 2011.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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