While Egypt has largely been absent from the speeches of potential 2012 presidential candidates at CPAC the last couple of days, former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton (R) wasn't shy about weighing in Saturday, offering a sharp rebuke of Pres. Obama's reaction to recent developments in the region.
"We have swung one way, and then the other," said Bolton, who argued the Obama administration's policy has been inconsistent. "I don't know what time it is in Cairo ... we will have to see what our government's position is at the moment."
Bolton focused almost exclusively on foreign policy Saturday, discussing events in several areas across the globe. He offered a familiar Republican refrain, saying "we do not accept an American president who is weak, indecisive and apologetic about our country."
Bolton, who served in the administrations of George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, has floated the possibility that he may run for president. He didn't discuss a potential bid in his speech Saturday.
Bolton will be a decided underdog if he runs. A Bolton campaign -- much like his speech at CPAC -- would likely focus heavily on foreign policy.
"I encourage all of you, when you go home from this conference, to work to return U.S. national security to the center of our political debate over the next two years," said Bolton.