Newt Gingrich called for a “very aggressive policy” of regime change in Cuba, and did not rule out covert action to bring it about. Ron Paul suggested it may be time to lift the embargo against Cuba. On Iran, Gingrich suggested that President Obama’s policies represent weakness toward that country. Paul compared the U.S. blockade of Iran to an act of war, which the U.S. would not stand for if someone attempted it in American waters. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum—who had been waiting for that question—called President Obama “a colossal failure” in dealing with Iran, saying that the Iranian regime was the equivalent of having al Qaeda in charge of the country.