Team Gingrich gets foreign policy wing
November 22nd, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Team Gingrich gets foreign policy wing

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

As he prepared to debate his fellow GOP candidates on national security matters, former House speaker Newt Gingrich unveiled a national security advisory team Tuesday that features some recognizable names from past administrations.

R. James Woolsey, a former director of the CIA under President Bill Clinton, and Robert McFarlane, who served as national security adviser for President Ronald Reagan, are part of a team of 13 advisers who will counsel Gingrich on a variety of national security topics as the campaign goes forward.

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"I have depended on the counsel of this world-class group of experts throughout my career and I am honored that they have decided to be with me as we work to ensure that the United States remains the safest, strongest, and freest country in the world," Gingrich said in a written statement announcing the team.

Herman Pircher, the founding president of the American Foreign Policy Council, will serve as the team director. Pircher also served as a staffer to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and former Sen. Roger Jepsen, R-Iowa. Also on the team is Bill Schneider, a former under secretary of state in the Reagan administration, along with David Wurmser and Stephen Yates, who both served in the George W. Bush administration. Both Wurmser and Yates were senior foreign policy advisors to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Gingrich has been one of the most outspoken national advocates for strong U.S.-Israel relations for over three decades," Wurmser, who will advise Gingrich on Middle East issues, said in a written statement released by the campaign. "He is firm in his conviction that Americans and Israelis have a number of shared goals and interests, and we must work together to protect Israel from a number of existential threats."

Ken de Graffenreid, a former U.S. naval aviator and intelligence officer who held senior positions on the National Security Council and at the Pentagon in the Reagan and second Bush administrations, is also part of the team. Norman Bailey, also a member of Reagan's national security staff, was also named to the team by Gingrich.

Tina Ramirez, who led efforts on global religious freedom issues alongside the Bush and Obama administrations, and served as a foreign policy adviser to a number of members of Congress, will serve as another national security adviser to Gingrich. She is joined by Ilan Berman, John Fonte, Kiron Skinner, and Abraham Wagner.

In his statement, Gingrich said he looks forward to drawing on his team's "vast knowledge and experience as we assert our vision of an exceptional America that, contrary to what Barack Obama may believe, will continue to be both the world's leading power and most assiduous defender of freedom for generations to come."

Several members of the team will accompany Gingrich to the Tuesday evening's debate in Washington, moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The debate is being produced in partnership with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

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    November 23, 2011 at 2:16 am | Reply
  2. zerodebt

    Look, this country is in a situation that requires strong leadership, new ideas and someone with the ability to take the heat while convincing BOTH sides that we have to move forward. We can no longer "kick the can down the road". We have to solve these issues (economy and debt as they go hand and hand) or we will end up like Greece and Italy. We also need to adapt our military, technology and war strategies to better reflect the types of threats the world will have to continually face. But let me be fair, I believe that President Obama is an intelligent individual but unfortunately not a good leader of similarly gifted people. I don't agree with Speaker Gingrich's affairs or how sharp he can be on some of his responses, but I do believe that he has the intellectually agility, leadership capabilities and thick skin to move this country forward.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:53 am | Reply
  3. loathstheright

    The GOP’s foreign policy debate ends without a single mention of Europe, where the world’s largest economy is currently in peril, and only a passing mention of China.
    So the answer is NO.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  4. American Citizen

    Mitt for Morality.

    November 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  5. chris

    hmmm...what do we call his wife...first lady. Maybe she will actually deserve the title. At least he divorced his wife before moving on...unlike bill clinton, JFK or Ted Kennedy. There is nothing the democrats can say about his personal life because they WALLOW in filth. And quite frankly, Barack Obama has done such a sh*tty job that I don't care if he does donkeys on weekends...as long as he straightens this huge mess out. That's all.

    November 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Jeb

      He was married when he started banging his current wife. He was also married when he started banging his last wife.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  6. Larry L

    He's about to leave the bush league and get deep into the race – where people will ask about adultry, dishonor in the House, and dirty money as a lobbyist. The Democrats won't play gentle like his fellow nut-cases have done so far. The press will smell blood in the water...

    November 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  7. James Mason

    I think he's got the Greek Islands covered!

    November 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  8. Callista's Future

    OKAY!! Now, it's time to focus on the IMPORTANT question. How are we going to refer to Callista when Newt is in the White House. Will she be The Third First Lady; The First Third Lady; The Third "Lady"; The H o?? Let's start a list of possibilities and let Newt's first two wives make the final decision. How's that for inclusionary politics??? It's sort of reaching across the "aisle", isn't it??

    November 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • Jeb

      She'll be know as the 3rd lady he was banging while he was married to the 2nd lady.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  9. m

    That a boy, Newtie. Keep dredging up old cold war thinkers that are no longer relevant in today's world.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  10. Roger

    This is a great idea to showcase your advisors so America knows what the future could look like. Obama had a weak team of advisors and when things got tough they quit. I'm going to watch the debates and keep an open mind. Newt and his team of problem solvers will move this country forward. Right now I think we all have wasted the last four years of our lives.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  11. qubee

    Newt's not so cute.
    He, along with the others,wants to be another presidential wannabe.
    All of these "clowns" is crying that they're ms-red
    'nuff said.......

    November 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  12. Valerie

    How does his team of "recognizable names from past administrations" NOT equate to more of the same foreign policy insanity? Give Me Liberty!! Make mine Ron Paul.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  13. Mark Renison

    What a joke! Newt is a career politician who would sell out the American people for a couple of bucks or a cute blonde. Ron Paul is America's only hope to get the political world back on the peoples's side!

    November 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  14. Dixie AZ

    Newt is extremely slick and oily. A serial adulterer who SUDDENLY found religion when deciding to run for the presidency. He believes himself to have the answer to everything, and talks, talks, talks. It will be his mouth that puts him out of the running.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Geneva

      Newt didn't recently find religion!!!! He was raised a Lutheran, later became a Baptist, and after marrying Callista he became a Catholic. He's always had faith in God. I hate these blogs because people don't know what they're talking about half the time. You people need to do some studying and get the facts before you spout off!!

      November 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  15. T-trolls go back under the bridge

    Was is just this past summer when the Gingeritch announced he was running for Pres and then got on a cruise ship to spend some time on the Mediterranean – just like all re-blooded Americans are doing this time of year with this economy. He’s just like the rest of us – who bobble around from mistress to mistress, creating scams to bilk people out of $5K a pop while staring down from his nose hanging off his square head and arrogantly posturing like he’s intelligent.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  16. sortakinda

    Gingrich has his own Oval Office. It is made of porcelain. It has a seat and a handle that can be used when the stink gets too bad. Didn't the plumber take care of this guy years ago?

    November 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Gingrich should do well in the national security debate because the other candidates are so clueless.

    November 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  18. Thomas

    Band of Lobbyists ! Can somebody please get Gingrich a shirt that say's " I AM ENTITLED " !

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    Herman Pircher, the founding president of the American Foreign Policy Council, will serve as the team director. Pircher also served as a staffer to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and former Sen. Roger Jepsen, R-Iowa.

    November 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  19. Herb

    This is the guy who wants to tell nine-year-old children, "Clean the school toilets and empty the trash cans instead of doing your homework" while, at the same time, cutting jobs for adult janitors?

    November 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Sniffit

      Correction: he only wants to tell that to the poor 9-year olds..

      November 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  20. Tom

    Oh great!! He is bringing back the guys that advised Bush and Cheney on invading Iraq.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply

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