Newt Gingrich made a point on Fox & Friends Friday to say the uprising in Egypt is proof that to be the president, a person must have great flexibility. "This proves that being president of the United States, you never know what's going to happen the next day," Gingrich said, "because, the President spoke nothing about foreign policy in the State of the Union, and look where we are."
With a possible national campaign looming, Gingrich knows anything and everything he says about policy could be dissected down the line, so he likely chose his words very carefully when he said the United States should be worried about the Muslim Brotherhood potentially taking over for President Mubarak.
Interestingly, current Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) is running for President. But Gingrich says, "I'm not running for anything."
Gingrich said his decision about whether or not he will seek the nation's highest office will come at the end of this month.
Returning to the topic of the Middle East, Gingrich also said the confusion on the streets of Egyptian cities like Cairo reminds him of Tehran in 1979, and he fears a, "dangerous outcome for the United States," if the Muslim Brotherhood assumes control, and doesn't give it up for decades. That would be very similar, he says, to what happened in Iran after the collapse of the Shah.
The former Speaker briefly commented on another Middle Eastern country, Iraq, explaining that he views a decrease in Christians there as a sign "we're not winning this war." But, he cautiously followed up by stating America can win the broader War on Terror, as long as we have an "open, honest national debate about what's at stake."
Peter Doocy is currently a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2009 as a general assignment reporter based in the New York bureau.