What would Gingrich do?

March 23, 2011

RTR2JLFO_Comp-150x150President Obama may be in hot water with lawmakers who think the U.S.-led military mission in Libya is a big mistake. But some GOP voices are calling for an escalation of U.S. involvement — or at least an expansion of U.S. goals.

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, tells NBC’s Today show that the United States will face defeat in Libya if the current mission ends with Muammar Gaddafi still in power.

People might have a hard time arguing with that point.

But what would he do now, if he were president?

Gingrich’s answer sounds just like the message John McCain conveyed on the same TV show a day earlier, when LIBYA-REBELS/GADDAFIhe called for arming the Libyan rebels to ensure the end of Gaddafi’s 41-year rule.

“We should be very clear to the Libyans that Gaddafi is going to go,” Gingrich says. ”We should help equip the Libyan rebels.” Otherwise he’d let the Pentagon, the CIA, etc, determine what needs to be done “to win”.

But there may be problems with the arm-the-rebels idea. Reports from the field suggest the rag-tag Libyan rebel force wouldn’t be able to defeat Gaddafi in its present state.  According to accounts, some rebels are so innocent of martial tactics that they may not even be sure which end of the gun goes ‘Bang!”

And so, how could they succeed without training? And how could they be trained without the West sending in those boots that politicians care so much about? And would Europe send boots to Libya if the U.S. didn’t?

Footwear aside, one consideration greatly vexing budget-cutting American lawmakers comes straight from the accounting department: How much will military intervention cost and how will that cost get paid?USA-POLITICS

One might be reminded of those popular TV ads for MasterCard:

Taking out Gaddafi’s air defenses? $400 million to $800 million. Patrolling the no-fly zone? $30 million to $100 million a week. The look on John Boehner’s face? Priceless.

Reuters Photo Credits: Brian Frank (Newt Gingrich); Suhaib Salem (Libyan Rebels); Jason Reed (John Boehner)

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Newt for President!! He’s intelligent, honest and experienced! Nobody’s perfect, but this guy is our best bet! We get it right this time or we’re in for a crisis you won’t believe!

Posted by DrJJJJ | Report as abusive

Earlier this month, Newt Gingrich was hammering President Obama for not intervening in Libya.

Now that Obama has initiated a no-fly zone over Libya, Gingrich has completely reversed his position.

The man is dishonest, lacks conviction, and has a long track record that proves it. Newt really is only in it for Newt. There is no back he will not stab, especially for PR purposes. None. Including the entire American public if it will get him what he wants for himself.

Some folks are stupid enough to buy his schtick, but even David Brooks said he wouldn’t let Newt run a 7-Eleven Store, let alone a country.

Posted by Liberaltarian | Report as abusive

Newt Gingrich famously said, “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

So I guess the answer to the question posed by this article is, It doesn’t matter what Gingrich would do, only what he says OTHER people should do.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive