Gingrich Suggests Taking Out The Remaining ‘Axis Of Evil’ Members: ‘We’re One Out Of Three’

Yesterday, Newt Gingrich delivered a speech at AEI “drawing on the lessons” of socialist authors Albert Camus and George Orwell to attack the President Obama’s foreign policy and “describe the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality.” CAP’s Brian Katulis notes in Politico that “Gingrich weighs in at a moment when the Republican Party is more divided on national security than it has been in decades.” One side advocates a more pragmatic approach to U.S. foreign policy and the other engages in “blustery, pugnacious nationalism that either clobbers other countries in efforts to remake them or walls them off from America.”

Yesterday at AEI, the blustery and pugnacious nationalistic side was on full display. At one point in the hour-long speech comprised of platitudes, attacks on Muslims, and false comparisons to wars past, Gingrich suggested that the U.S. needs to finish what President Bush started when he identified his “Axis of Evil” in January 2002:

GINGRICH: I believe he was right but in fact could not operationalize what he said. That is, there was an Axis of Evil, Iran, Iraq, North Korea. Well we’re one out of three. And people ought to think about that. If Bush was right in January of 2002 — and by the way virtually the entire Congress gave him a standing ovation when he said it — then why is it that the other two parts of the Axis of Evil are still visibly, cheerfully making nuclear weapons? And it’s because we’ve stood at brink, looked over and thought, “Too big a problem.”

“If Franklin Roosevelt had done that in ’41, either the Japanese or the Germans would have won,” Gingrich said. The U.S. has to “over-match the problem,” he said, adding, “That’s what Americans are all about.” Watch it:

Writing about Gingrich’s recent tirades against Islam and unhinged opposition to a proposal to build a mosque in downtown Manhattan, the Wonk Room’s Matt Duss notes that “Gingrich obviously wants to be president very badly. But he really needs to think hard about the sort of rhetorical tactics he’s embracing, and the sort of sentiments he’s cultivating, and the sort of company he’s joining in order to achieve that.”