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WATCH: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough lectures Rick Santorum on Obama Administration terror policy

In the wake of the recent terror alerts, this Sunday’s Meet the Press caused MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to lock horns with Rick Santorum after the former GOP presidential candidate accused the Obama Administration of being “timid” in the face of terrorism.

In the wake of the recent terror alerts, this Sunday’s Meet the Press caused MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to lock horns with Rick Santorum after the former GOP presidential candidate accused the Obama Administration of being “timid” in the face of terrorism.

“Even the president’s critics inside the CIA have been surprised at [Obama’s] policy, surprised that he’s adopted a lot of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush’s approach in the war on terror,” Scarborough said.

It’s well-documented that Obama has adopted, expanded, and enhanced the drone program in both the military, which authorizes and approves 33 strikes a month in Afghanistan, and the CIA, which uses the program to infiltrate countries like Pakistan and Yemen.

But Santorum was adamant that the drone program is not a sign of an overall effective policy against terror:

The drone policy is one policy. What we’ve seen is an administration that has refused to confront radical Islam, that has — that embraced the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt — and now you can see the consequences of that and you can see what has happened there. They have not been — they won’t even use the word ‘terror.’ They have withdrawn politically from the engagement and fight. Yes, sure they’re going after bad guys with drone programs, but that is not a comprehensive policy against radical Islam.

Scarborough was quick to point out that even conservatives can’t deny that the Obama Administration has been successful in dismantling Al Qaeda:

I am not in the business of defending Barack Obama, but if you talk to people in the intelligence community, they will tell you that Al Qaeda is busted, it’s broken, it’s splintered. There is a reason right now that they are in Yemen because they’ve been chased out of Afghanistan, they’ve been chased out of a lot of other countries. Al Qaeda is not any stronger today than it was when Barack Obama came into office. And most people — conservatives in the intel community — will you that in fact it’s weaker today than it was because the president surprised a lot of people. […] He’s adopted the policies of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush in many instances.

But as Scarborough and others have said, Obama’s drone policy may be doing more to induce anti-American sentiment, resulting in more terror recruits.

Watch the Meet the Press segment in the video below.

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  1. Bob Cull

    August 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Every time I hear Santorum speak, I wonder how he ever managed to get through college and law school. How did he ever pass the bar?

    I can see why he entered politics, he was probably unable to make a living as an attorney. If I needed legal representation and I went to speak to him about it, I would stand up after talking to him for five minutes, excuse myself and inform him that I would seek representation elsewhere because I needed competent representation.

    I wish Scarborough had gone further when Benghazi (the non issue) was brought up. He should have pointed out that the failures in Benghazi lay squarely at the feet of the CIA. The “consulate” which was attacked, like many other “consulates” around the world, was not a consulate, it was a CIA station. The CIA as a rule would have had better security measures in place than they did there.

  2. Jim Slaughter

    August 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Santorum drinks the koolaid of the ultra radical evangelical movement which SHOULD be following Jesus’ teachings but in fact spews lies and hatred to anyone that disagrees with them

    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS WHENEVER POSSIBLE!

  3. Cyndi

    August 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Wait…doesn’t Santorum realize that Libya is not our country and that we don’t have any authority in their country. And the only people that can go after those that attacked the embassy is Libya.

    Why didn’t he mention the many many people killed at Embassies during Bush’s watch??

  4. Carolyn T. LeBeauf

    August 7, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Joke Scarbrough is so embrassed by his party, he had to speak up, but make sure he doesn’t look like he is embracing the president.

  5. Bob Cull

    August 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I was “discussing” Benghazi with a Teapub awhile back, Cyndi, and I pointed out that many more embassy attack occurred on Dubya’s watch killing many more people. I couldn’t respond to his answer because I was laughing too hard. According to him they were attacking our embassies while Dubya was in office because they were angry and frightened because he was going after them with a vengeance, but they attacked the CIA station (not a consulate) in Benghazi because Obama is weak and apologetic.

  6. GD

    August 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Santorum religous views, in his own mind, have given him unprecedented and unlimited license to inflict his dementia on anyone, every thing, and every where.

    This guy needs a padded room and medication so he doesn’t hurt anyone or himself.

  7. tobyspeeks

    August 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Blah, blah, blah. Who cares what the dead baby bringer homer, sore loser has to say? No matter what Obama does, if we haven’t learned in the last five years, the right-wing-nut-jobs will argue it was/is wrong, even though they have no answers or solutions themselves. All they do is criticize and it’s not constructive at all.

  8. R Johnson (@notewrangler)

    August 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Why does Rick Santorum still have access to the national media? He lost, he’s gone, he’s history. All I can guess is that he’s such an irritant that the MSM thinks he’ll boost ratings–and that they don’t care if they give idiots a soap box.

  9. ruel24

    August 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    The Republican Party is a far cry from the one Ronald Reagan was a part of. They’ve gone off the deep end…

  10. Don

    August 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Santorum doesn’t drink the Koolaid,,,,he manufactures it.

  11. Jim S

    August 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I am happy that LOSERS like Santorum are still around and going on shows like Meet the Press where the “reasonable” citizen can see him make a fool of himself and his party’s obstructionism and radical viewpoints. If he was only on Fox, which most ‘reasonable” don’t watch, he wouldn’t be reinforcing our resolve AGAINST him and his other radical looney tunes. We need to see him and others to keep ourselves reminded why we cannot afford to let these people have positions of leadership in our great country.

  12. Jim S

    August 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Great point Bob. The teapubs can only regurgitate what they are fed by the radical right wing media. They are not intelligent enough to formulate an original thought of their own. They are born followers. We sure as heck don’t need any of them in any position of leadership!

  13. Jim S

    August 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I love Joe! He is struggling sooo hard to stay a Republican. He is trying to justify his party and holds out hope that sanity can return to their ranks. Sadly, I don’t think he believes a whole lot of what he says anymore when he defends them.

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