Who is this man? Former prosecutor (“tough on crime”), former mayor, former presidential candidate, and, post 9/11, charlatan. Who is he, and why should anyone care what he has to say about anything?
After the tragic events of 9/11, Giuliani was handing over the mayoralty of New York to Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg demurred when Giuliani went on a PR parade, including TV interviews, in an effort to have his term extended so that he could handle the crisis. He ain’t Jewish, but that sure is chutzpah.
A favorite of Fox News because he can be relied upon to make outrageous statements, his latest idiocy was deriding President Obama for staying in Cuba during the horrendous Brussels affair.
First, accepting the fact that going to a baseball game was part of the official agenda all along, this was a diplomatic mission, not a vacation. The game was to be played by an American professional team against the Cuban national team. Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro found common ground in baseball, something people from both countries enjoy and support. Greeting each other at the stadium with a handshake was an act of diplomacy. Not so for Mr. Giuliani who said it was “outrageous” that Mr. Obama “is not in the situation room right now, planning to destroy ISIS,” as reported by CNN (http://cnn.com).
Second, yes, Brussels is a member of NATO, by default an ally. We will, and Obama has said we will, support Brussels and our other NATO allies in every way we can. Did it really matter that he said that in Cuba and not in the Rose Garden? The incredible irony of Obama talking about protecting democracy in Europe from a podium in Communist Cuba in itself was a coup. Castro did not throw a hissy fit, the Cuban people did not riot in the streets, and the diplomatic visit came to a successful, agreeable, amicable close.
But Giuliani would have none of it. In fact, he pushed the envelope even further by linking Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the founding of ISIS. He argued, according to CNN, that Clinton “could be considered a founding member of ISIS because she was secretary of state during the Obama administration’s withdrawal from Iraq.”