Scott Walker and National Security

Scott Walker is not into Nation-Building with capital letters, but he is into protecting America’s National Security Interests. And that will be limited to “areas where Americans trade or travel.” Ok … so that would be just about every corner of the planet? In other words, defending national security interests can logically lead you into just about every conflict anywhere. And when oil is involved - given that America still needs oil imports despite shale drilling - there is an economic component that is hard to ignore.

Which, of course, leads us to the Middle East, and Syria. And Iraq. And the mostly-theoretical state of Kurdistan. And the vast reserves of oil in the region, and to the south in Saudi Arabia and it's Gulf State neighbors. And how do you nation-build in Iraq for example? Or Syria? Which was the creation of British Imperial bureaucrats? American foreign policy is caught between the stability that an Assad or Hussein provided with their totalitarian ruthless regimes, (an arguable concept given Saddam's propensity to invade his neighbors), and the chaotic violent post-toppling landscape in which a thousand factions flourish like so many marsh weeds. Which not only leads to elaborate metaphors but to the rise of ever-more fanatical islamic terrorist sects. Can you send weapons and resources into the region and not be forced to choose between al-Assad and IS, for example?

And this deadly and expensive foreign policy conundrum points back to the why's of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Was there a solid plan to nation-build when the decision was made to go ahead and invade? Can you have a minimal expectation of building a democracy of some sort in a country like Iraq? or Syria? With what sort of timeline? Ten years - which is a two and a half presidential cycles? More? As Niall Ferguson - that provocative Scot - has pointed out in his sneering style, America does not have the multi-generational commitment that the British Empire had to nation building. What Niall does not really want to realize, is that imperial nation building is not and cannot be acceptable, or even functional, in today's world. And the United States of America will never, and should never, try to build nations around the world the way the British did. The Middle East is a horrid mess, and America will have to have a coherent policy in place to deal with it's remaining interests there. Trying to build a democratic Syria or democratic Iraq seems far out of reach. Better to have a robust defense against imminent threats to America itself. And to accept that trade and travel in Syria and Iraq will have to wait.

Posted by Keeley at July 22, 2015 7:53 PM
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Wow I thought the title was the punchline to some joke floating around on the internet. Scott Walker hasn’t a clue as Keeley proved in the post above. If you wan to know what Walker will do you have to ask the Koch Bros, they own him. Is this the Onion, or some parody, or what? Scott Walker and national security!!!

or is this some attempt to claim Walker has a clue about any of this?

Posted by: j2t2 at July 23, 2015 1:01 AM
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Scott Walker disqualified himself about as much as a candidate possibly could with his statement about tearing up a negotiated agreement on the first day, along with hinting about using military force. The negotiated agreement was not just with Iran, it was also with our allies. The idea that we would tear up an agreement with the British, French, and Germans, along with other countries committed to nuclear non-proliferation such as Russia and China, without even consulting them is unthinkable.

This is the kind of thing that makes many far right conservatives so unpopular and so openly disrespected by the rest of the world. Jeb Bush was right. Walker is not a serious candidate. He resorts to hyperbole and un-presidential remarks because he is so desperate to attract the attention of the far right base.

He’s not the only one. With 16 candidates seeking attention, it has turned into a shouting match, with only the most extreme statements attracting attention. It’s bad for the GOP and it’s bad for the country, but this is what conservatives have brought upon themselves. They have drifted further and further right, and indulged the extremists, and turn by turn, demanded everyone become more extreme as a matter of party purity. They’ve indulged Birthers and a War on Women, waged in the name of ‘religious freedom.’ Their religious freedom, that is. Not yours. They have turned a blind eye toward bigotry and hatred and even embraced the ‘heritage’ of the stars and bars flag. The attitude towards Mexico is completely appalling.

Governor Perry accidentally called Trump a “barking carnival,” but Perry spoke truer than he realized. The entire GOP has become a barking carnival. Trump is making open threats towards the RNC if FOX rigs the upcoming debate against him.

Tear up an agreement on the first day of office?

Conservatives deserve what is happening now. They earned it. Karma is a b****.

Posted by: phx8 at July 24, 2015 2:28 PM
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Phx8 Walker may not be a serious candidate but that only means he is going to be some competition for Trump. It seems this time out the repubs are intent on voting their principles, one of which is anti intellectualism which goes so well with the discrimination of minorities and bankrupting of the middle class. So it is only natural, that once Walker announced, he surged in the polls to compete with Trump for the nomination.

With a silver spoon from NY and a puppet from Wisconsin addressing the desires of those on the right, now if only Sanders can convince enough people he is the candidate of choice on the left, we will have a clear choice come time to vote.

Now Jeb is trying hard to compete with Trump but I don’t think he has the ability to lie with a straight face that Walker has perfected and with the group of repubs wanting the job he is almost a centralist in comparison. Should the decision come down to Jeb and Hilary it all depends on whether you want medicare dismantled or not.

Posted by: j2t2 at July 25, 2015 1:29 PM
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Wow j2, what a weird reading of the candidates. Not a lick of truth in any of it.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 25, 2015 1:55 PM
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Next to Perry, Walker is the candidate likeliest to run a dirty campaign. He is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Koch Brothers, so he is not likely to go away anytime soon. He did manage to shut down the Second John Doe investigation. The first one convicted six of Walker’s aides. The second one was aimed at him. Citizens United came to save the day for Walker, though, because the source of the illegality, the Club for Growth, funded the election campaigns of Republican judges for the WI Supreme Court. Those judges won, and they refused to recuse themselves from the investigation involving the Club for Growth, despite having received contributions from the Club for Growth. Instead, they shut down the Second John Doe investigation. Nice. Unlike Perry and Christie, Walker is home free in terms of legal problems.

Walker’s anti-intellectualism is disheartening. It is part of the dumbing down of America. Walker never even finished college. The Brits openly laughed at him when he refused to acknowledge evolution. He is in the process of gutting higher education in WI and he has cratered the budget, creating a $2 billion shortfall. His record on employment puts him at near the bottom of the pack. Out of 50 states, WI ranks in the mid to high thirties for jobs.

By the way, the latest weekly unemployment claims number was the lowest in 40 years! Amazingly good news! Well done, Obama!

I don’t see Sanders beating Clinton. She’s too good, and right now she is just staying out of the limelight while the GOP humiliates itself. Never interrupt your opponents circular firing squad. Donald Trump is a one-man wrecking ball, and no one can stop him. Cruz keeps bringing the crazy though. Few can do it better than him. My bet is still on Cruz to win the nomination.

Trump is right about Jeb. Bush is not going to win, and everyone knows it. He keeps saying dumb things. Bringing up his desire to kill Medicare and Social Security will not help his case, no more than it did with his brother. After the 2004 re-election, Bush tried to get rid of Social Security through privatization, but the more he talked about it and pushed, the more Americans rejected his idea. By the time the economy and the stock market crashed, everyone politely pretended there had never been a plan to put Social Security funding into the stock market.

BTW, Jeb is no moderate. He appears sane compared with the “barking carnival” of Cruz, Trump, Walker, and the others, but he is still a Neocon and still a conservative. Never forget- Jeb was the FL Governor who used his power to force the body of Terri Schiavo to needlessly suffer for years. He’s for small government when it makes his rich buddies richer. He’s against it when he wants to impose his religious beliefs on other people. He’s every bit as horrible as the others.

Posted by: phx8 at July 25, 2015 3:13 PM
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“We will all have to turn from the classical fixation on wealth accumulation and efficiency to a modern economics that places imagination and creativity at the center of economic life.”

The Left continues to personify what truly ails the world.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 25, 2015 3:48 PM
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Thank you for sharing the link. I often wonder if many of the problems we experience are merely growing pains as we transition to a post-scarcity economy. Automation is being developed at an incomprehensible pace. Many jobs will be replaced by robots within a generation. Smart people like me might find employment designing and programming computers, but I have no clue what everyone else is going to do?

Posted by: Warren Porter at July 25, 2015 6:52 PM
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Warren, I am sure that many of our young citizens wonder the same thing about future employment.

I remain optimistic as more leisure will create great business and job opportunities. Imaginative people with time on their hands could create many interesting and useful new ideas and products.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 26, 2015 11:44 AM
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Meanwhile, the GOP effort to “fire up the crazies,” as 2008 presidential nominee John McCain put it, keeps getting worse. How does a conservative make themselves heard in this “barking carnival”?

Huckabee wins the day with this gem:
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he (Barack Obama) would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Yes, you read that correctly. It speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Not to be outdone in the “barking carnival,” Ted Cruz violated the first commandment of the Senate and called Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell a liar. It is about the worst violation of etiquette a Senator can commit. GOP Senators alexander, Hatch, and Cornyn all publicly repudiated Cruz, pointing out that his personal ambition was leading him to go too far.

Trump, meanwhile, destroyed Scott Walker:
“Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core!”

But of course, Trump was not finished. He pointed out Walker gave him a “beautiful plaque” in exchange for campaign contributions. Trump openly wondered aloud if the state of WI paid for the plaque.

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark!

Posted by: phx8 at July 26, 2015 10:50 PM
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It will be interesting to see if the upcoming debate on FOX is rigged against Trump, and if so, how much. It would be easy for FOX and the RNC to stack the questions against Trump, and prep several candidates in advance with lines of attack. Trump, quite rightly, smells a rat. He has already threatened to run as an independent if the RNC does not treat him with more respect. Trump is, after all, leading the polls among 16 Republican candidates.

The other day I saw a headline with a play on words about jumping the shark, only this one read ‘Trumping the shark.’ Let’s play a game. Let’s see which candidate can say the most outlandish, over-the-top, bizarre, least tasteful, and most disrespectful and insulting thing possible.

Lindsey Graham calling Trump a “jackass”? Nah. Doesn’t even qualify.

It will be tough to out-Trump Trump. Who else can say such horrendous things about illegal immigrants and veteran POW’s, or point out that Rick Perry “failed on the border,” and “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Rick Perry gives it decent shot, calling Trumps a “barking carnival act.” Perry says: “Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.” Perry continues: “a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.”

It is a decent attempt at Trumping the Shark, but is it the best?

Ted Cruz gives it a decent shot: “If this deal goes through the Obama administration the leading financier of terrorism against Americans in the world.”

Hope ISIS is listening. They’re going to need to step up their game if they want Ted Cruz and the Republicans to do anything about them, like, oh, say, pass an AUMF. So Cruz regularly takes runs at Trumping the Shark. But is he the best?

For my money, the current winner of the Trumping the Shark contest has to be Huckabee. For sheer outlandish, over-the-top rhetoric that is simultaneously tasteless, insulting, AND even manages to compare Obama with the Nazis, this takes cake:’

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he (Barack Obama) would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

And remember. This isn’t just some rando guy. This is a leading contender for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

Posted by: phx8 at July 27, 2015 10:56 AM
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We all understand the reason for the rabid remarks by some on the left of the candidates for the Republican nomination.

They much prefer the lying Clinton for her correct gender and willingness to screw the taxpayer.

The only correct decision she has ever made was to marry Bill. Without that connection, we would not even know her name.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 27, 2015 7:01 PM
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what a bunch of circus clowns the GOP has to offer.willing to to say whatever racist and offensive nonesense to pander to the party.

Posted by: ndre hernandez at July 28, 2015 1:17 AM
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Hernandez, What is so great about the Field the Democrats put up so far. You have Hillary, Sanders and O’Malley. You talk about clowns!!!!!

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at July 28, 2015 1:49 PM
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