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Gingrich blasts administration, media and Hollywood on Kosovo and Littleton

By Karla Crosswhite-Chigbue/CNN

May 12, 1999
Web posted at: 5:38 p.m. EDT (2138 GMT)

WASHINGTON (May 12) -- From Kosovo to Columbine High, from the Clinton Administration to the media and Hollywood, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had a lot to tell a woman's group Wednesday -- and it wasn't all nice.

On Kosovo, Gingrich said the U.S looks like a violent, helpless, pathetic country.

"Instead of Theodore Roosevelt's 'talk softly and carry a big stick,' we have yelled and carried a toothpick," said Gingrich. "And what has happened? The people we are protecting are driven out or killed or raped, the people that are under the shelter of the U.S. are no longer in Kosovo."

"The Serbians accepted a brutal choice; we get to kill them and they get to kill Albanians," he said. "The Russians are now established as a power in Europe, the Chinese are now getting engaged in Europe we are wasting our resources. Our prestige is diminishing."

Gingrich told the gathering that the Clinton-Gore Administration has grossly under funded the Defense Department.

"God help us," he said, "if either the North Koreans or the Iraqis decide to take advantage of our current position. Does this administration honestly think nobody else in the world watches CNN?"

Gingrich said he does not know how the president has gotten away without addressing a joint session of Congress on Kosovo.

Despite this, Gingrich says the U.S. must provide leadership in the world. "It is our historic destiny and fate, there is no other country big enough, complex enough or capable of providing leadership on a worldwide basis."

He expressed disbelief that China now apparently has an active voice in European affairs.

"For the entire history of the human race, the Chinese have never been actively involved in Europe, and now in a few short months the Clinton-Gore Administration has managed to fashion a policy that gives the Chinese a voice in Europe," said Gingrich.

On Chinese espionage, he said he does not blame them for stealing U.S. nuclear technology. "I blame the Clinton Administration for not protecting U.S. secrets in China," said Gingrich.

The former speaker also had much to say about children and violence and criticized how the media covers such stories.

Gingrich said for every child that murders, there are hundreds of other children who are good and have good values.

"I want to say to the elite in this country -- the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite -- I accuse you in Littleton and I accuse you in Kosovo of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made, and being afraid for taking responsibility for the things you have done," he said.

Gingrich blamed Hollywood and computerized games for "undermining the core values of civility -- and it's time they were stopped by a society that values free speech enough to protect it."

The former speaker said one of the biggest mistakes was taking prayer and God out of the classrooms.


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Wednesday, May 12, 1999

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