Santorum: Obama Talks With U.S. Enemies, Ignores U.S. Allies

September 17, 2012 - 5:45 AM

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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "There's a lot more at stake in this country than just economics," former Sen. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a gathering of conservatives in Washington on Saturday.

"This president has to take a share of the responsibility for what the Middle East looks like today, because he helped structure it," Santorum told the Family Research Council's Values Voters summit.

Santorum said President Barack Obama has "interacted with every country in that region. And every single one of those countries who had a hostile regime to the United States, who had a list of grievances against America and would wrap themselves in victimhood about how America had been so wrong to them, this president has coddled and appeased, from Iran to Hamas and Hezbollah."

But Santorum said Obama has a different way of dealing with America's allies in the region:

"And those who are friends of the United States -- Israel, the (former Mubarak) government in Egypt in particular -- he has sided against them. He has turned their back on them. He has sent a very clear message to that area of the world: If you are a friend of the United States, you are on your own. If you are an enemy of the United States, let's talk."

Santorum challenged his audience to "name one country where our stature is higher today than it was four years ago. Name one country where respect for America is higher than it was."

"The fact of the matter is, we are weaker around the world. We are less safe as a result, because we have created a vacuum, and we are seeing it is being filled, and it's not being filled by people that we want to have fill it.”

At the same time, Santorum said, "We are weaker here at home."