Pawlenty tries to be hawk in presidential field's flock

  • Article by: JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 28, 2011 - 10:40 PM

He jumped on what he said was President Obama's indecision in response to the Arab Spring.

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Bandit01Jun. 28, 11 9:04 PM

T-Paw, look at your poll numbers. If you are trying to "distance yourself" from other Republicans, I think you can say "mission accomplished".

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jrn56Jun. 28, 11 9:28 PM

A guy who showed no leadership as the governor of our state is not qualified to be the leader of our country.

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rjr2205Jun. 28, 11 9:39 PM

It always amuses and amazes me to hear people like TP roar like a tiger with other people's blood! As a veteran, I have very little respect for the willingness of people like TP, Cheney, George W et al to assert America's power using others blood! TP's policy seems to be out of touch with the reality of the complex world in which we live today. We cannot afford to take on the "bad guys" on our own, unless we are directly and immediatley in imminent danger of a major attack. The "war on terror" will be going on for many years and must by fought by alliances of the civilized nations. The strategy will involve internation law enforcement, intellignece sharing, special forces/seal type raids, drones, air strikes and ground troops on occassion, TP really needs to go back to playing "pickup hockey" and shilling his legal skills!!

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rrjjssJun. 28, 11 9:39 PM

His total foreign policy experience consisted of traveling to visit troops. I am overwhelmed. And if he could not stand up to Romney on stage, how would anyone expect him to stand up to a foreign leader when necessary. Timmy, your five minutes is just about over!!

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SorghastrumJun. 28, 11 9:41 PM

Timmy is certainly not qualified in the foreign policy area. He is attempting to sound like a micro-Cheney-Rumsfeld, but the substantialness of his syntax indicates a lack of the big picture needed to be POTUS. Furthermore, how can he pretend that he will make a good president when the evidence is overwhelming that he was a dismal failure as governor.

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swmnguyJun. 28, 1110:06 PM

Classic T-Paw chicken-hawkery. He talks tough behind other people's backs with his snotty sarcasm and name-calling, but he sure dummies up face-to-face. The only positive here is that his spotlight-seeking backstabbing antics are almost certainly ending his political career on a low note. He'll end up with a sinecure at Dorsey & Whitney, making coffee for the Powerline blog guys.

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padraigmnJun. 28, 1110:25 PM

I'm trying to figure out what Pawlenty is really doing. He has to know that he has a snowball's chance in Hades of winning the GOP endorsement for President. Is he really aiming for Vice President? Is he actually positioning himself for a run in 2016? Is he trying to pass himself off as a credible presidential candidate so he can earn more money as a lobbyist or consultant? One wonders.

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JRBJun. 28, 1110:33 PM

I agree with Governor Pawlenty, but he needs to step it up and become more forceful if he wants to overtake Romney and Bachmann. Anybody would be better than Obama who seems bent on driving our country into bankruptcy.

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lib4everJun. 28, 1110:37 PM

With his foreign policy experience, I think T-Paw has a shot at Ambassador to So St Paul.....

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junifer15Jun. 28, 1110:49 PM

Max Boot? Really?! And we're quoting him?! He's a spin-meister. Pawlenty has been pushing the agenda of the CFR etc. for years, which is why we ended up with the debacle known as the Renewable Energy Standard. That shill is apologizing for it but he's not done anything to reverse the process or stem the flow of damage to MN. Yuck! Ghack! He is not a leader but is a follower and those he follows are unacceptable to the people, which is why then stay in the shadows. Come on T. Paw. Thursday. Show the US how you "lead".

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