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Saturday, February 14, 2015
GOP candidates' alarming lack of foreign policy experience and they stumble getting it
all of the GOP field of potential candidates for president lack foreign policy
experience. That is alarming. Whoever
is elected to the White House will assume the mantel of the leader of the Free
and Western World and must be able to command respect of our allies if they
have any hope to lead them. Given the threats from Russia rising and ISIS
inflaming, this is not the time for amateur hour, steep learning curves, and on
the job education. Too many mistakes in
judgment calls based in ignorance while learning the ropes could be
catastrophic for national security.
GOP governors set about lately to fill gaps in their resumes before they begin
their campaigns for the White House. They failed the” worthy of respect” test. They were nearly laughed out of England.
A four day visit of courtesy calls and viewing
ancient architecture does not bestow credentials of foreign affair expertise on
anyone whose total career has been absorbed by state and local issues. In fact, the governors’ ignorance became
painfully obvious when they incorrectly assumed they are on the same page with
their host country. The idea of gaining foreign policy experience
is to listen and learn, not to lecture their hosts about what the people they
are visiting should think. Stump speeches and campaign modes should be left at
Gaining knowledge of beliefs held by
foreigners does not necessarily mean agreement, but it is helpful in watching language
and semantics when abroad to make a better impression, to win friends and
Scott Walker of Wisconsin this month refused to deny the concept of creationism
in an appearance on British television. Interviewers’ faces could not mask their
raised eyebrows and disbelief.. Walker confirmed what the more secular
Europeans believe: America
is full of science deniers still stuck in the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. What
sells in Kansas on this issue gets few buyers in most of the world.
Christie of New Jersey likewise stumbled when he pandered to a fringe group
that opposed measles vaccines. He
allowed it was fine for parents to have a choice in vaccinating their kids. Sen.
Rand Paul, though not in the UK, voiced something similar, linking measles
vaccines to autism for which there was no scientific evidence. Both had to do some quick back peddling.
shrillest voice criticizing the careful semantics President Obama uses in
referring to Muslims has been Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana. He is the same governor who, while visiting
the United Kingdom. lectured the English that there were some parts of Great Britain that were no go zones for British police because
they were controlled by Muslims. That tidbit was news to the British, but it
certainly hyped Muslimphobia back home.
most Americans usually do not make foreign policy the main factor in voting
choices, it might be different in 2016, especially if we have not yet defeated
ISIS. The GOP needs to vet its
candidates very carefully if they have any chance of beating a hawkish former
secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. A version of this was published in the www.skyhinews.com February 19 2015 http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/15106518-113/muftic-gop-candidates-short-on-foreign-policy