GOP Presidential Field Clueless On Foreign Policy

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:

“Iran toys with U.S. days before we pay them, ridiculously, billions of dollars. Don’t release money. We want our hostages back NOW!” railed Donald Trump on Twitter.

Ted Cruz was all about escalating it up to a full-on “hostage” situation, too, adding:“The fact that [the capture] happened is a direct consequence of the weakness of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy.”

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 […]

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Republicans Get Xenophobic On Syrian Refugees

President Obama just laid out a compelling vision for supporting refugees fleeing for their lives from Syria. The contrast couldn’t be greater with the Republican Party’s backwards and xenophobic rhetoric that quickly devolved into who could offend Muslims quicker.

Trump was by far the loudest, but other Republican presidential candidates and senators running for reelection were quick to latch onto Trump’s egregious proposals. It’s clear why: 59 percent of Republicans agreed with Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

 

When asked about closing mosques, Marco Rubio said we should close down “any place where radicals are being inspired.”
Ted Cruz proposed legislation that would ban Syrian Muslims from entering the country and voted against rejecting Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims.
Jeb Bush has said we should only allow Syrian Christians into the United States, proposing a religious test refugees would have to pass before entering.
Ben Carson has said he doesn’t think a Muslim should be president and compared Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.”
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Republicans Play Directly into ISIS’ Hands On Fighting Terrorism

Republicans might have a third Bush who wants to start a Middle East ground war, but they all are failing the Commander in Chief test. In the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, officials have warned that engaging in a religious war plays directly into the hands of ISIS. According to the New York Times, ISIS ideology says that “Islam will be victorious after an apocalyptic battle to be set off once Western armies come to the region.” The terrorist group could use an invasion by the United States as a recruiting tool. Unsurprisingly, Republicans on the debate stage haven’t let the fear of enabling ISIS prevent them from suggesting disastrous policy:

Marco Rubio called for a “significant force” of troops after the Paris attacks, saying, “It’s the only way to do it, they have to be defeated by a ground force.”
Ted Cruz reversed his position last week and  Read more after the jump.

New Video: The Stakes — Daisy Revisited

Following Donald Trump’s lead, the Republican presidential field’s flagrant, neoconservative foreign policy proposals and rhetoric are quickly approaching the unhinged and irrational — and moving ever closer to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 advocacy of an aggressive, potentially cataclysmic use of military force.

In calling for banning all Muslims from entering the United States and for “[bombing] the sh*t out of” the Middle East, Trump set an extremely high bar that the rest of the field has since done their best to meet. Jeb Bush has advocated the use of a full-on ground invasion in the Middle East. And even more absurd and alarming, Ted Cruz has said he’d “carpet-bomb” the region “into oblivion,” until the “sand glows in the dark”  — a potential war crime that would invariably kill thousands of innocent civilians.

Rubio, Cruz, and the rest’s eager willingness to echo Donald Trump’s destructive — and objectively amateur — proposals only […]

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WATCH: Middle East Ground War — A Bush Family Tradition

In a shock to no one, we’ve got a third Bush calling for another large-scale ground invasion in the Middle East.

You might expect Jeb Bush to show some restraint, in light of his brother’s ill-advised 2003 invasion of Iraq that’s cost hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars — and counting. But Jeb called George W.’s war a “pretty good deal” in August, so it isn’t all too surprising that he wants to carry on the old family legacy.

Jeb Bush wants a full-fledged, boots-on-the-ground invasion — a show of “overwhelming force” — against ISIS. Hey, say what you will about the Five-Percent Firebrand, he does have respect for the Bush family tradition.

Watch American Bridge’s latest video here:

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Rubio Chooses Fundraisers Over Classified Paris ISIS Briefings

In the wake of ISIS attacks in Paris, Marco Rubio yesterday chose to fundraise in California over attending a classified Foreign Relations hearing, and looks set to skip a classified Intelligence briefing today with Secretary Kerry at 2pm for a Phoenix fundraiser — less than 24 hours after the alleged attack leader was killed.

How does Rubio expect voters to look past missing vital classified briefings on the Paris attacks and still argue that his Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committee work is preparing him?

Watch local and national news clips on Rubio’s attendance this week:

Des Moines, IA — WOI ABC

Macon, GA — WGXA Fox

Columbia, SC — WACH Fox

Bloomberg With All Due Respect

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Jeb Bush Goes Full Dubya: Calls For Troops On The Ground Against ISIS

Jeb has spent most of his campaign fumbling as he attempts to get out of his big brother’s shadow, but yesterday the younger Bush fully embraced W.’s strategy in the Middle East. Outlining his military strategy against ISIS, Jeb Bush called for America to put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Take a look at the latest coverage of Jeb seizing his family’s failed Middle East legacy:

Washington Post: Jeb Bush calls for use of ‘overwhelming force,’ including ground troops, against ISIS
The speech laid bare a policy that could ultimately result in a third president named Bush deploying U.S. military forces in the Middle East. Overall, his proposals amount to a more muscular version of the approach President Obama is pursuing and is largely in line with what other GOP presidential candidates and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton have outlined.

Huffington Post: Jeb Bush Calls For U.S. Ground Troops […]

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Walker’s Stock Crashing, Adviser Equates Union Conflict With Foreign Policy Experience

It’s no secret that Scott “Worldly” Walker’s stock is crashing — hard and fast. Time and time again, Walker’s tripped himself up on both foreign and domestic policy — doubling and trippling down on gaffes, then awkwardly walking them back whenever he can get away with it.

And, though some may have missed it over the long weekend, one of Scott Walker’s foreign policy advisers, Jim Talent, just resurrected an old Walker favorite that exposes just how painfully unaware and inexperienced Walker is when it comes to foreign policy. The New York Times Magazine’s Robert Draper reported:

Talent’s candidate — a Wisconsin governor with no experience on international issues — is obligated to come up with a vision from scratch. Talent asserts that Walker, the man who dismantled Wisconsin’s public-employee unions, will face down enemies abroad with equal fortitude.  

This, of course, is a nice throwback to Scott Walker’s similar assertion this year, […]

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PolitiFact: Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS

But Bush’s look back at U.S. failures in Iraq doesn’t tell the whole story. A review by PolitiFact shows he leaves out some key turning points.

“We had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, that could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress,” Bush said in May. We rated that claim Mostly False.
 
The so-called Status of Forces Agreement to which he was referring was created in 2008, before Obama took office. President George W. Bush and then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed U.S. forces would leave the country by the end of 2011. There were no stipulations about leaving a certain number of troops in Iraq beyond then, although negotiators assumed a new agreement would be hammered out when the old one expired.
 
Obama, who during his 2008 presidential campaign made promises to […]

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Jeb Bush’s Hypocrisy on W. Privatizing Social Security

Jeb Bush backed down on supporting his brother’s plan to privatize parts of Social Security and cut benefits. After going all in during a June event that “the next president’s gonna have to try again” on W’s privatization plan, Jeb today reversed course and said that he doesn’t support it.

What’s more, did Jeb really just say that he would go even further than W’s privatization? He said, quote, “It would have made sense back then and now we’re way beyond that.”

Watch American Bridge’s footage of Jeb today:

Jeb in June:

Background:

Jeb Bush Pitched George W. Bush’s Social Security Proposal To Florida Voters

2005: Jeb Bush Pitched George W. Bush’s Social Security Plan. According to Florida Today, “Republican leaders in the Senate, while supportive of Bush, warned that more needs to be done to persuade Americans the changes are necessary. Although he doesn’t have a formal role in the Bush administration’s Social Security […]

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