Tuesday, December 18, 2007


A candidate for the nomination has come out with harsh criticism of the Bush administration’s foreign policy. The candidate in question criticized Bush for not listening to military leaders who urged him early on to send more troops to secure Iraq, charged that the administration’s policy toward Pakistan had been a “waste” and a “setback” and warned that the United States was now more “vulnerable to the animosity of other countries.”

“American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up and reach out,” the candidate wrote in an article published in Foreign Affairs. “The Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad,” the article said.

The candidate called for more humanitarian aid to improve living conditions in the Muslim world and to make the people there less receptive to terrorists. He suggested taking a more flexible approach to Iran, including the possibility of greater diplomacy.

“Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons on my watch,” he wrote. “But before I look parents in the eye to explain why I put their son’s or daughter’s life at risk, I want to do everything possible to avoid conflict. We have substantive issues to discuss with Tehran.”

Which Democrat said these harsh comments about the Bush administration? It wasn’t a Democrat at all. It was Mike Huckabee. No wonder he is moving up and making a real challenge to former governor “Flip-flop” Romney and former mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of whose advisers is ready to bomb Iran.

1 comment:

billgarcia said...

I hate to admit it because I am a Bush supporter - but Huckabee is right. I also think that much of his statement is either looked at out of context or just misunderstood. He did support the war, the surge, and to stay the course - but it's the way President Bush went about it - he didn't reach out in a way that Bush senior did where the world community was "more than happy" to join us. Instead, aside from our Brothers in Britain, most of those were "scared into" joining us because they didn't want to be perceived as "for our enemies"
Also - Huckabee is right in saying, something you WILL NOT hear from any Democrat, that we need to build the most powerful armed forces on the planet - it's this kind of fearsome force that he believes we should have went into IRAQ to begin with - we should not have waited for "the surge" - instead, we should have pulverized from the start.
Also - Huckabee has a foreign policy plan and Secure America outline on his website - something I do not see from the other candidates.