Republican Presidential hopeful Scott Walker has made statements about his foreign policy proposals that are embraced by a conservative crowd, but seem to have very little in common with general foreign policy knowledge.
The newest addition to the Republican field of 15 candidates for the White House 2016 Elections, Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Governor, has been promoting his campaign across Iowa and South Carolina. He toured the states with his campaign bus and this weekend he turned away from diplomatic approach to foreign policy and instead used tough and harsh language in order to please his conservative crowd.
He continues to make statements that seem to be a product of his ignorance of foreign affairs and leadership. One of the statements he made recently was that he would take on the Islamic State militant groups the same way he took down Unions in the United States. Of course, Walker is popular among conservatives because of his survival of a recall vote and the win over Unions in Wisconsin. On a different occasion he stated that the greatest national security achievement by President Ronal Reagan was his move to fire traffic controllers at American airports, but forgot to mention that Reagan is credited for foreign policy that put the United States in a winning position during the Cold War.
After such statements and many reactions by the Republican foreign policy experts, he started taking daily classes on what is happening beyond the borders of the United States, primarily by Mike Gallagher, a Middle East expert who serves as Walker’s national security adviser and former Senator Jim Talent who serves as his international relations adviser.
This weekend, however, Walker took a more conservative and tough approach in promoting his stance on the placement of the United States in the global political stage.
During his many town hall meeting he talked about terminating the Iran deal with Tehran as soon as he would be elected President and would instruct allies in the world to impose even tougher restrictions and sanctions on Tehran. According to Reuters, during a speech in Davenport, Iowa, he said “That is not a country we should be doing business with. This is one of the leading state sponsors of terrorism.” He refuses to agree with the Obama administration that the time for economic sanctions is gone and there is no benefit from it, as well as he doesn’t agree with international companies who are willing to do business with Tehran. He also opted to be more interventionist toward Russia and China, for the trouble with Ukraine and, respectively, the trouble in the South China Sea.
According to Reuters, he said “The United States needs a foreign policy that puts steel in the face of our enemies.” He also vowed to increase the U.S. military spending significantly.
Before the first debate of Republican presidential candidates on the 6th of August in Cleveland, Walker and Jeb Bush have started taking digs at each other for having different opinions on foreign policy leadership. According to Reuters, Bush stated that a president must not tear down the Iran deal immediately, but instead have a Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense agree with him. He said “That sounds great, but maybe you ought to check in with your allies first and you might want to have your team in place before you take an act like that.” Walker replied with a statement from his foreign policy adviser Robert C. O’Brien “We don’t need more information, we don’t need to wait to confirm the next Secretary of State, we need decisive leadership and we need it now. This won’t be easy, but when America leads, and has a strong president with clear priorities who believes in American strength, the rest of the world will follow.”
Taking on a more conservative thinking, Walker is put among Republican candidates like Lindsey Graham, who support strong U.S. intervention and confrontation with the rest of the world. His policies are aimed at gaining momentum for a victory amongst conservative population in Iowa.