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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Huckabee on his foreign policy ideas

This essay that he wrote is a prime example of how this man isn't even close to being ready for primetime. Below are key excerpts from the man who wants to be president, and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the White House:

The United States, as the world's only superpower, is less vulnerable to military defeat. But it is more vulnerable to the animosity of other countries. Much like a top high school student, if it is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised.

Please. Who here is sick of this meme, that we have annoyed the world, and the world doesn't like us anymore? I know we are, but that's because it's been a Democrat/RINO talking point for six years. It wasn't true then. It's not true today. Mike Huckabee is a moron if he thinks pimping this point is going to gain him any headway.

A more successful U.S. foreign policy needs to better explain Islamic jihadism to the American people. Given how Americans have thrived on diversity -- religious, ethnic, racial -- it takes an enormous leap of imagination to understand what Islamic terrorists are about, that they really do want to kill every last one of us and destroy civilization as we know it.

Americans do understand the enemy. They've seen their virulent strain of Islam, seen what our enemies are capable of, seen the limits they're willing to go. Explaining them, Governor Huckabee, is a waste of time because we already know what they're about. How about if we try killing them, ok?

We still do not have enough troops in Afghanistan and are losing hard-won gains there as foreign fighters pour in and the number of Iraq-style suicide attacks increases.

Really, Governor Huckabee? Seems that those in Afghanistan are fairing pretty well there. The fight for Musa Qala was the latest in a series of serious setbacks for the Taliban trying to destabilize the Afghan government. In fact, the Taliban has pretty much given up on retaking Afghanistan, and have turned their attention to Pakistan. Speaking of which, he has some words on Pakistan, too. Tell me if you've heard this one before?

Rather than wait for the next strike, I prefer to cut to the chase by going after al Qaeda's safe havens in Pakistan.

Governor Huckabee seems to forget that Pakistan is an ally of ours in this war, and a nuclear-armed ally at that. Furthermore, such a strike could very well destabilize that nation by turning the populace against the United States. Such a move could very well propel radicals into the seat of power, giving them a nuclear arsenal to use as they see fit; possibly even against us or our allies in the region. Yeah, that's a smart move. What's even funnier is when he talks about funds to Pakistan, his prime target for funding lies in schools and battling poverty. Sounds a lot like a Democrat making a case rather than a Republican.

Sun-tzu's ancient wisdom is relevant today: "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Yet we have not had diplomatic relations with Iran in almost 30 years; the U.S. government usually communicates with the Iranian government through the Swiss embassy in Tehran. When one stops talking to a parent or a friend, differences cannot be resolved and relationships cannot move forward. The same is true for countries. The reestablishment of diplomatic ties will not occur automatically or without the Iranians' making concessions that serve to create a less hostile relationship.

Newsflash for the Huckster: We have been in a de-facto state of war against Iran for nearly thirty years. That's what happens when a host nation becomes hostile to another's embassy, and seizes it. Such an act is an act of war. Containment and diplomatic pressure -- which the president is trying, and has been trying for six years -- haven't curtailed the regime. And now that a trio of Iranian apologists have stepped forward to say there is no nuclear program in Iran, people like the Huckster think we can just talk to them. While he does state in his piece he would keep a military option on the table, I question his ability to execute such an operation.

This entire piece that he wrote is a bad joke. His ideas are, all too often, contradictory. They seem rather naive in some areas, and uneducated in others. We can all agree that the president has made mistakes in this war, but we also must concede that not all wars go as planned.

The essay shows that Mike Huckabee is still one of those likeable guys, but he is simply too obtuse in understanding foreign affairs to really have a chance in this election. His ideas sound too much like Democrat ideas we've heard for the last fifteen years. This is a new and very dangerous world we're living in, and I'd prefer if he had a little more knowledge on par with Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani. At least they've studied our enemy, and that region. I doubt that the Huckster's studies have gone beyond briefings from former military people and former experts; all of which think they know it all.

Publius II


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