This is what Republicans call a frontrunner:
KELLY: Governor Walker, in February you said that we needed to gain partners in the Arab world. Which Arab country not already in the U.S. led coalition has potential to be our greatest partner?
WALKER: What about then (ph), we need to focus on the ones we have. You look at Egypt, probably the best relationship we’ve had in Israel, at least in my lifetime, incredibly important.
I’m gonna put aside the fact that he just said that Egypt is in Israel. But did he even hear the question? I mean, politicians are famous for answering the question they want to answer instead of answering the question they were asked, but Kelly specifically said “allies not already in the coalition”, and Walker replied (sort of) by talking about the ones we have. This is a special kind of hiding in a safe place because someone made you think.
You look at the Saudis — in fact, earlier this year, I met with Saudi leaders, and leaders from the United Arab Emirates, and I asked them what’s the greatest challenge in the world today? Set aside the Iran deal. They said it’s the disengagement of America. We are leading from behind under the Obama-Clinton doctrine — America’s a great country. We need to stand up and start leading again, and we need to have allies, not just in Israel, but throughout the Persian Gulf.”
We’re stuck in the Middle East tar baby more than we ever have been. Does Walker not know we are bombing Iraq? That we are training mercenaries to topple the Syrian government? That we are helping the Saudis crush the Houthi rebellion in Yemen? Or that we still have 10,000 troops in Afghanistan? And these are all strategic decisions from a Democratic administration. I’d hate to see what the war party would cook up to top the current group.
Then Scott Walker was asked about Iran:
“To me, you terminate the deal on day one, you reinstate the sanctions authorized by Congress, you go to Congress and put in place even more crippling sanctions in place, and then you convince our allies to do the same.
This is not just bad with Iran, this is bad with ISIS. It is tied together, and, once and for all, we need a leader who’s gonna stand up and do something about it.”
Iran and ISIS tied together. They fucking hate each other. All revolutions are not alike, dummy. Every problem looks like a nail to America, and I’m sick of it. We don’t need more bluster and intervention. The world will keep turning if we stay out of trouble.
Call Sarah Palin, Scott. She wants her word salad back.