Nuclear Summit Part of Obama Administration’s ‘Fantasy Foreign Policy,’ Newt Gingrich Says

By Penny Starr | April 14, 2010 | 5:33 AM EDT

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told journalists on Tuesday that the Obama administration's foreign policy is not in touch with reality. ( Starr)

( – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich characterized this week’s nuclear summit in Washington as a “charade” that reveals the Obama administration’s “fantasy foreign policy.”
“When you can give a speech on nuclear disarmament while the North Koreans are proving on the same day – deliberately – that they have no interest in your policy” -- that’s fantasy, Gingrich told journalists at an Americans for Tax Reform gathering in Washington on Tuesday.
“When you can have a big, giant summit in Washington while the Iranians hold a press conference laughing about the concept of sanctions” – that’s fantasy, Gingrich said. He also mentioned China’s reluctance to go along with another round of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Since leaving Congress in 1998, Gingrich has been an outspoken advocate for Reagan conservatism. In recent months, his name has surfaced in connection with a possible presidential run in 2012.
On Tuesday, Gingrich described President Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy as reminiscent of U.S. foreign policy leading up to World War II. While U.S. diplomats were meeting in Geneva to sign an anti-war pact, Adolph Hitler took the reins in Germany, he said.
“It’s hard to believe how disengaged the diplomatic world was from reality in the period leading up to World War II,” Gingrich said. “You’re seeing a similar pattern. This entire charade this week (the nuclear summit) is an absurdity in terms of the real world.”
Gingrich said the Obama administration’s approach to the Middle East also reflects a misguided foreign policy.
“You have an administration which is angrier about Israelis building apartments in Jerusalem than it is about Iranians building nuclear weapons,” Gingrich said.
Ronald Reagan was successful in ending the Cold War and the nuclear threat from Russia by standing firm against giving up ballistic missiles as part of an arms treaty, Gingrich said: “What Reagan wanted was to be able to stop nuclear weapons rather than sign a paper document. Reagan had lived through the ‘30s. Reagan had lived through World War II. Reagan understood that when democracies lie to themselves, dictatorships take advantage of them.”
When asked by about what role the tea party movement would play in upcoming elections, Gingrich praised the grassroots group as a “very healthy and very powerful” movement made up of mostly educated people who are loyal to the U.S. Constitution and limited government.
Gingrich said the attempt to demonize the movement reveals the mindset of liberal politicians and members of the media.
“Every time the left attacks the tea party, it reminds you of how alien the left is from most Americans,” Gingrich said. “If you go to the average American and say, ‘Doesn’t the tea party people frighten you?’ they will tell you, ‘Not nearly as much as big government.’”