Election 101: Where the GOP candidates stand on China, Iran, Israel and other key foreign issues
5. Newt Gingrich
Supports “regime replacement” in Iran and calls country’s nuclear program only a symptom of a bigger problem of ruling ayatollahs. Insists he could topple regime in a year by “overtly sabotaging” it but only using military intervention as a last resort.
Says US is losing war on terror. Blasts Obama administration notion that Al Qaeda is on the ropes. Would grant FBI “extraordinary” tools to take on growing domestic terrorism but says that should not worry law-abiding citizens. Considers counterinsurgency doctrine ill-suited to Afghanistan, but opposes Obama’s withdrawal timetable as too rapid.
Calls himself a “cheap hawk,” would target “bureaucratic waste” at the Pentagon, and does not rule out defense cuts.