ThinkProgress filed this report from Ames, Iowa.
In his bid for the White House, Rick Santorum is trying to shed the perception that he is mainly a religious right candidate. In recent days, he’s pushed hard to position himself as a far right hawk on foreign policy as well.
At a recent campaign stop in Ames, Iowa, Santorum spoke at length on Middle East policy. Lamenting the rise of democracy in Egypt, Santorum said Obama thew former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak “under the bus.” Santorum explained that he would have stood with autocratic leaders against the growing protest movement deemed the Arab Spring:
SANTORUM: Let’s go after America’s allies because America’s going to back down and not support them. Well obviously the first ally in the region is Israel. So why are we seeing, boldly, the Egyptians post Mubarak bringing Hamas and the Palestinian authority together in an alliance. So Obama throws Mubarak under the bus, the new military regime in Egypt brokers a deal between Hamas and the PA and now the President rewards that by saying we’re going to go back to the 1967 [Israeli] borders. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist if you’re sitting in the Arab-Muslim world thinking, “Well how do we deal with this guy?”
First, Obama never said on Israel, “We’re going to go back to the 1967 borders.” But it’s good to know that despite all of Santorum’s talk of freedom and liberty, apparently that rhetoric doesn’t extend to the people of Egypt. And it appears that if he were to become president, he would stand with the world’s most autocratic regimes as long as they’re pro-U.S.