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Thursday, Jan 14 2016

GOP Presidential Field Clueless On Foreign Policy

Jan 14, 2016

Yet again proving their foreign policy obliviousness, GOP presidential candidates were beside themselves Tuesday night over the opportunity to invoke “hostage” in reference to the ten American sailors taken into Iranian custody.

Once the news broke, it was only a matter of time before the GOP’s twin front-runners got irresponsibly over their skis:

It isn’t surprising that the GOP field’s two most bombastic candidates would be unable to grasp the nuance of the situation. But what about foreign policy “expert” Marco Rubio?

Marco Rubio brought more of the same simplistic faux-outrage:

Did you see what they did to these sailors…They took pictures of them on the deck of a ship with their hands behind their back…You know why they did this? Because they know they can get away with it. Because they know Barack Obama is weak. Because they know he won’t do anything about it.

It isn’t surprising that the GOP field’s two most bombastic ignoramuses, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, were unable to offer a restrained response. That isn’t surprising.

Rubio too, like Cruz and the rest of the field, has increasingly adopted Trumpian language during foreign policy discussions, exposing a fundamental lack of Commander-in-Chief readiness and failure to grasp the nuance of a number of pressing issues. It’s clear that Republicans have little grasp of foreign policy issues, no matter how bent out of shape they seem to get every time.


Published: Jan 14, 2016

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