GOP Contender Says President Is 'Naive, Arrogant, Misguided & Dangerous'By Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The United Nations confrontation over Palestinian statehood became a major issue in the U.S. presidential race on Tuesday.

Leading GOP contender Rick Perry accused President Barack Obama of appeasing terrorists and betraying Israel, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

It was an in-your-face attack on the president. Perry met with New York Jewish leaders to blame the president for the current confrontation at the UN over Palestinian statehood.

“We would not be here today at this very precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naive, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said.

To put an exclamation point on his anger, Perry stood with newly elected Congressman Bob Turner, whose election was widely regarded as a referendum on the Obama administration, on both the economy and Israel.

“The Obama policy of moral equivalency, which gives equal standing to the grievances of Israelis and the Palestinians, including the orchestrators of terrorism, is a very dangerous insult,” Perry said.

The Perry attack came as the president’s poll numbers reached a new low. His approval rating fell to 39 percent — a 5-point drop in a month – and 52 percent disapprove of the job he is doing.

And while the president met with various world leaders while in New York for the UN summit it was left to White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes to tell reporters the president intended to be tough on the Palestinians and not allow President Mahmoud Abbas to win statehood through and end run at the world body.

“At the end of the day peace is going to have to be made between the parties, that it can’t be imposed on the outside, that it can’t be accomplished through actions at the United Nations,” Rhodes said.

And if Abbas insisted on taking a statehood request to the Security Council, “We would veto any actions in the Security Council,” Rhodes said.

One local Palestinian leader said if that does indeed happen it will cement a growing belief.

“I think the Palestinian response to an American veto is, you know, we were right. We were right in going to the United Nations because the U.S. really doesn’t want us to be a state,” CAIR New York President Zead Ramadan told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, another Republican presidential contender went after the president over his handling of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann called upon the president to stop the man she labeled a “deadly dictator” from coming to the UN this year.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Marcia Kramer

Comments (15)
  1. LG says:

    What does this texan hick know about foreign policy? I’m sure the only foreign country he knows about is Mexico and Canada.

    1. Vince says:

      Maybe he sees Mexico from his house like Palin did with Russia.


    The American people had best wake up when it comes to voting in their reps. This is a diabolic and spiteful development. The government can very very easily trim the budget simply by closing down just a portion of the 900 ineffective military bases that we have policing imaginary enemies globally, when the real enemy is our economic responsibility, or lack of, that is. To you understand that on top of the military bases, we build schools and fire houses in the remotest Kush mountains, in all the provinces, in all the countries that we’ve been in, not ruling out Libya either.
    They never mention about touching the Billions and billions that go un accounted at the pentagon or in any of the above programs, including the gigantic QU1 and QE2 programs. and their satanic order now wants to punish it’s own. in spite of easy fixes by shutting down some pork programs and military curtailment. Remember this when it comes time to vote.
    So Joe Lieberman, Schumer and Obama claim that the elderly and the poor must go without and suffer, but the kids in Iraq get a new school, Iraq gets an embassy bigger than the Vatican, brand new and paid for by our taxes, Israel gets their 9 billion a year, and so on and so on…..
    Hey, Like Ron Paul said, Just close the 900 Military bases overseas and that would add trillions to our needs coffers.
    By the way, a sleezball terrorist has more of a choice than a millionaire. What do I mean by that? Well, The sleezball terrorist actually has more of a choice than most Americans. They can, either blow away a Humvee with a rocket Propelled grenade Launcher, or they can drop it into the sand, go to their local airport, get on a plane and come to the USA, and the liberal bleeding heart Democrats will make sure that they will get job hiring preference over qualified American unemployed citizens. So, let me ask you, how much does our military presence at these 900 military bases help us?
    Neither Perry nor Obama are confronting the real issues .

  3. RON PAUL 2012 says:

    Neither Perry nor Obama are confronting the real issues that are gnawing away at our American way of life and economy. The media is behind the grandstanding of this Texas tough guy because at the end of the day, he will do Geithner and Bernake’s bidding, just like Obama did, and America will continue to suffer, as our currency becomes more worthless and jobs become even more sparse..

    Try to stay focused on things that really matter, because the media, unfortunately, is not going to televise and support the true candidate that can save us from this greedy global peril that we, as Americans are about to embark upon if we don’t put the right man in office, who will work on the issues that effect us directly, and as most of you know, that man is Ron Paul.

    RON PAUL 2012

  4. Leo I says:

    Rick Perry has my vote!

  5. pay wahun says:

    What a world of hypocrisy. The Palestinians are doing no less than what George Washington did for America. It may not happen in our life time but no matter how long it takes, Palestinians would one day realize their dream – nothing last forever. The US is not a credible partner of peace in the Middle East.

    Now you understand why children grow up in that part of the world with hatred for America. And I wonder such policies we would ever help or cause in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.


    Ugandan born, Indonesian bred, 110% NOT American….Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!!

    1. Michael H. says:

      I thought he was Kenyan born. Get your story straight, birther

    2. ZAKR says:

      What an ignorant comment! Just say it… you hate him because he is not WHITE..

  7. jh says:


  8. BuyersRemorse says:

    I voted for Obama. He’s been an absolute, failure.

  9. Vince says:

    Well its about time

  10. Daniel J. Sieradski says:

    Is Marcia Kramer Rick Perry’s stenographer? How about an opposing point of view to provide context? Just last week former Mossad director Ephraim Halevy called Obama’s actions in defense of Israel “leadership of historic dimensions.” Repeating Perry and other GOPers nonsense about Obama’s Israel record without rebuttal is not journalism, it’s servility.

    1. KPMc says:

      No… Marcia Kramer works at the behest of CBS and their not-so -veiled agenda. Which side do you think they are going to promote?

      I’d spell it out more clearly but I’ll just be accused of having my own agenda if I do.

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