By Geneva Sands - 12/08/11 07:13 PM EST
"Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al Qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement or whoever is left out there. Ask them about that," said Obama at a press conference Thursday.
Obama was holding a press conference to denounce a vote in the Senate Thursday that blocked the appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, when he was asked about recent attacks by Republican presidential candidates on his foreign policy strategy.
GOP contenders Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum all accused Obama of appeasing the enemies of the United States Wednesday at the Republican Jewish Coalition forum for presidential candidates.
"Our policy [under Obama] has confused engagement with appeasement and it has inspired Israel's enemies," Bachmann said.
Santorum slammed Obama's foreign policy record throughout the Middle East at the Washington, D.C., event.
"This president, for every thug and hooligan, for every radical Islamist, he has had nothing but appeasement," Santorum said. "In the entire region now, we see evidence of the president's policies of ignoring the threat of radical Islam."