Perennial GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich accused Barack Obama Sunday of having a "fantasy foreign policy" for calling for global summit on nuclear security and making the elimination of nuclear weapons a major goal of his administration.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, the former House Speaker said that the speech Obama gave on Sunday -- in which he outlined an ambitious plan to rid the world of nukes -- was reminiscent of former President Jimmy Carter's "fantasy view" of the world.
"[Obama is] in a world where Hamas is firing missiles every day into Israel, Iran is building nuclear weapons and the North Koreans today, basically during his speech, fired a missile," Gingrich added. "And he has some wonderful fantasy idea that we're going to have a great meeting next year. With who? Who's coming to this meeting? The Pakistanis? The Indians? The Chinese? The Russians? And what are they going to promise? And why would you believe them? I just think it's very dangerous to have a fantasy foreign policy and it can get you in enormous trouble just like giving -- we don't have a war on terror anymore. We don't have terrorist attacks anymore. So now homeland security has manmade disasters. I'm somehow not comfortable with the fact that 9/11 was a manmade disaster but not a terrorist attack and I'm not comfortable with words instead of serious systematic policies."
Gingrich's co-panelist (and far-more-likely Republican presidential candidate) Gov. Mark Sanford also took swipes at Obama's widely hailed European trip. But the South Carolinian's jabs were much tamer.
"He seems to be approaching his conversations with the Europeans with very much a contrite heart of: 'We don't know it all, here we are America,'" Sanford said, when asked if Obama was pandering to Europe on his trip. "What I'm seeing in terms of domestic policy is: 'We know it all and let us take over this industry and this industry and this industry and spend more.'"