Fact checking the Obama administration's foreign policy failures

Former New York City mayor reacts to last presidential debate


This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," October 23, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: First, to help us set the record straight and hold the administration accountable for its failures, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Welcome back, sir.

FMR. MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI, R-N.Y.: Good evening, Sean.

HANNITY: You know, it is amazing, especially on the Israeli question to me, because the prime minister of Israel wanted to meet with him. His answer was, well, if I meet with one, I got to meet with 10. He had plenty of time for "The View," for Letterman, for Beyonce and Jay-Z and Jon Stewart, And meanwhile, the Middle East and North Africa are basically in flames of blowing up in part because of its lack of leadership. That took a lot of audacity in my mind last night?

GIULIANI: Well, it sure did. I mean, the relationship with Israel is obviously a very strange one. You just have to go to Israel to figure that out. I think the president's approval rating in Israel is like 12 percent. I mean, it's remarkably low. The people of Israel don't trust him. And the reality is, he has gone out of his way to insult the people of Israel, including, as you point out, you know, traveling all over the Middle East but not to Israel, never going there as president, embarrassing -- the first few times he's met with Netanyahu, he keeps him waiting. I mean, does all these petty things.

Even if they don't get along, you would at least pretend that you do in order to have some kind of a face to face discussion. I mean, he seems to be more comfortable -- he seems to be more comfortable with, you know, Medvedev when he promised him that after the election he'll get Putin the concessions he can't give with him before the election.

HANNITY: You know, that actually frightens me more -- we'll get to that also later in the program. You know, it was funny, because I saw the president last night. So, condescending, "One of the things I've learned as commander-in-chief," he would say, and I'm thinking, "Oh, Mr. Community Organizer, you have learned a lot." And then I thought back, this is the guy that said the following about Iran back when he was running in 2008. Listen to this.


THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, we are going wipe you off the planet.

You know, Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. I mean, if Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance.


HANNITY: "Iran, they're not a threat." And four years later, on the verge of nuclear weapon because he couldn't stop them.

GIULIANI: Yes, I mean, he completely discounts the fact that Iran has been probably at the core of at least half of the terrorist activity that's going on in the world. Even he said last night that Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism. And of course, he wanted to talk to the Ayatollah now for four years, he even written the Ayatollah letters. And this latest leaks to the New York Times -- which was pathetic -- you know, that Iran was going to have talks with us? First people to deny it with the government of Iran.


GIULIANI: They basically don't want to talk to him. They don't want to talk to him. It's pathetic to watch him begging to talk to Iran and they don't want to talk to him.

HANNITY: I think one of the biggest problems with this White House has been from the very beginning. Their ban on the use of the term war on terror. And when the president went on his apology tour which we'll deal with next, but man caused disasters, overseas contingency operation. Two weeks out of Benghazi, he still was saying, he didn't know this was terror attack. This is what he said about Fort Hood, if you remember. Watch this.


ALONZO LUNSFORD, US ARMY: He got up, stepped in front of me as I was signing the soldiers in.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Somebody just started yelling out, "Allahu Akbar."

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He yelled "Allahu Akbar" and started shooting.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I could just see soldiers running in all different directions.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: First round of bullets, one hit me in the chest. I had to go down to the ground and get cover. And I obviously couldn't breathe because I have been shot.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: That is not workplace violence. That is terrorism.


HANNITY: "Allahu Akbar" as the guy shoots up with radical ties, they call that workplace violence. Why is there this resistance, Benghazi, war on terror, why can't this president recognize that these Islamic extremists want to kill us? What is the problem with this?

GIULIANI: Yes. I don't know if you or I are going to be able to figure out what the problem is, but I know what the consequences are. The consequences are things that happened in Libya. A president that had a real appreciation of this Islamic terrorist war against us would have given that consulate more protection. That consulate was attacked twice before September 11, 2012.


GIULIANI: And that president, this president did not give him the protection they were entitled too.

Look, he may not think that we're not at war with them, but they are at war with us. And he doesn't recognize that. And then we have tragic consequences like his failure to give security to the consulate when the British pulled out right next-door.


All right. Now, this is more of a fun question. I'm going to play you a tape of President Obama reading his teleprompter. And I want you to give me you honest opinion whether or not he actually knows -- and you'll figure out quickly what words they are -- if he actually knows what it is. It's one of my favorite Obama videos. Watch this.


OBAMA: Representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world. Navy corpsman Christian Bouchard.

OBAMA: Corpsman Bouchard responded.

OBAMA: The men and women, like Corpsman Bouchard.



HANNITY: No, no. This is serious a question. Does he know, did he know what a corpsman was or does he read corpsman -- what do you think? Because I don't think he knew the difference.

GIULIANI: First of all, I thought that was Joe Biden for a second.

HANNITY: Joe Biden needs a teleprompter but I don't know if it will help him.

GIULIANI: You know, he has to go explaining to the Marines now that they don't use bayonets anymore. The weapon of choice for the United States Marines when they're not in a position where they can't fire their gun is the bayonet. United States Marine are trained with bayonets, Mr. Commander in Chief. Maybe, you didn't get that in the security briefing you missed.

HANNITY: Yes. I would like to thank all those Navy corpsman that are in our audience.

GIULIANI: Corpsman.

HANNITY: Corpsman.

GIULIANI: Ridiculous. This is our commander-in-chief, right?

HANNITY: If you missed it once, fine. I'd say, fine, but four times in one speech, I don't think he knew the difference. All right. Good to see you.

GIULIANI: Good to see you, Sean.

HANNITY: All right, Mr. Mayor.

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