His statement on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” came as news broke this morning of a U.S. soldier opening fire and killing at least 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, in Kandahar province.
In response to a question by host Bob Schieffer on whether it was time for the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan, the former House Speaker said, “I think it is.
"We have to reassess the entire region," Gingrich said. "We need to understand that our being in the middle of countries like Afghanistan is probably counterproductive."
In 2011, President Obama began the withdrawal of U.S. troops, reducing the number from 100,000 to 68,000 by this fall, with more to be withdrawn in 2013.
Is Newt merely posturing, or is his stance sincere? And do you agree with the sentiment?
13:16 // 1 year ago
Instead of seizing the moment and making an aggressive case for why the contest was now a two-man race between a movement conservative and flip-flopping moderate — a unique opportunity afforded by the endorsement’s implicit-but-unmistakable critique of Mitt Romney in his firewall state — Gingrich fell back to his familiar habits, a routine marked by too much self-assurance and not enough discipline.
Let’s not jump ahead of ourselves with the “how –––—- blew it” stories yet. We have no clue how these voters are going to handle Iowa, nor what’s going to happen in the rest of the country.
20:59 // 1 year ago
Lather, rinse, repeat: Like clockwork, the latest Republican to “surge” is now showing substantial signs of collapse. Newt’s polling in Iowa has dropped 13 points in the last two weeks, down to 14% from 27%. In other words, he’s lost roughly half his support in a matter of weeks. He’s now in third place, behind Mitt Romney (20%) and Ron Paul (23%), the current first-placer. The same polling house also has him running third in New Hampshire, with 17%—behind Paul (19%) and Romney (35%). Oh, and in a national CNN poll, Gingrich’s lead has disintegrated, as he now ties Romney for first (though, as we’ll continue to say, national polls aren’t terribly important in primaries). Hey Newt, how’s the real estate down on K-Street looking?
13:35 // 1 year ago