Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scott Walker: Foreign-Policy Genius

With only 21 months to go until Election Day, both parties are recruiting candidates that they hope will be their ticket into the White House. Scott Walker, who has had Presidential ambitions since he survived the 2012 Wisconsin recall elections (if not earlier), was interviewed by ABC's Martha Radditz on the subject of foreign policy (namely the threat of ISIS in the Middle East). He offered the  American people a taste of his foreign policy proposals. By that, I mean he tossed a word salad filled with platitudes and cliches but void of any actual substance.

Radditz: What is your big bold plan on Syria?
Walker: I think aggressively, we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world, because it's not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil, or not if I should say, it's when, and we need leadership that says clearly, not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we're willing to take appropriate action. I think it should be surgical.
Very enlightening. Please tell me more.

 Walker: We need to have an aggressive strategy anywhere around the world. I think it's a mistake to--
Radditz: But what does that mean? If we're bombing and we've done 2,000 air strikes, what does an aggressive strategy mean in foreign policy?
Walker: I think anywhere and everywhere, we have to be--go beyond just aggressive air strikes. We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that's what it takes, because I think, you know--
Radditz: Boots on the ground in Syria? US boots on the ground in Syria?
Walker: I wouldn't rule anything out. I think that when you have to lives of Americans at stake and our freedom loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to do things that don't allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores.
Um, Scott? You do realize that Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric is an example of how not to articulate your policy proposals, right? 

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