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As the world continues burning, foreign policy will likely play an expanded role in the 2016 presidential election, when compared to 2012. A lot has happened on the world stage in the past several years with America taking a less interventionist role under the Obama administration. As a result, the next election may look similar to 2008 when the topics of Iraq and Afghanistan were mainstays in the discussion.

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Report from CBS News:

Clinton’s “sole qualification” for the White House is in the area of foreign policy, Danielle Pletka, a foreign policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told CBS News. “I think it is reasonable to assume foreign policy is going to play a big role in this election,” she said.

Matching up against Clinton may have been on the minds of New Jersey Gov. Christie, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Ted Cruz as they took steps this week to flesh out their foreign policy positions and expertise.

Christie on Thursday embarked on a two-day trip to Canada, where he focused on the issues of energy and trade, while also touting his national security credentials. In a speech at the Calgary Petroleum Club, Christie noted that he was appointed as U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey on Sept. 10, 2001. One of the planes hijacked the following day left from Newark, giving Christie his “first test as the chief law enforcement officer” for the federal government in the state.

At a foreign policy event Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, didn’t shy away from the matter.

“If the objective were ‘defeat ISIS,’ if the objective were ‘defend U.S. national security,’ we would have a serious, concerted, real bombing campaign, not a photo-op campaign,” Cruz reportedly said. “We would be using the boots on the ground or the Peshmerga to hunt down and kill the leadership of ISIS.”

Pletka suggested that Cruz may be trying to cast himself as “sort of the responsible libertarian that Rand Paul isn’t.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, one of the most hawkish potential 2016 candidates, suggested in September that Cruz and Paul are following his lead when it comes to the fight against ISIS.

The varying foreign policy positions on the Republican side in 2016 will be played out during the campaign and even more so on the debate stage. Rand Paul’s biggest weakness, with some Republicans, tends to be his more libertarian-leaning foreign policy views. Paul is good at explaining and convincing but he’s starting with a handicap in some deep red primaries. Ted Cruz, and the rest, will be singling that issue out as a reason to disqualify Paul from the nomination.

Hillary Clinton will tout foreign policy as a strength given her time in the White House during her husband’s administration, and tenure as Secretary of State. That will play well in the Democratic primaries but could end up as a weakness if a Republican nominee can successfully link foreign policy failures of the Obama administration directly to Hillary Clinton. The only one who can match credentials with Hillary could be Joe Biden who has spent almost a decade on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, not to mention his experience as Vice President.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Christie brags that he was in charge of Jersey when a plane took off to attack the Twin Towers from there.

    Am I missing something?

  2. ISIS, the Ukraine and any other foreign policy issues have been pushed to the back burner or forgotten about in the past month and a half haven’t they? Is the public still concerned or is beheadings becoming every day news?

    • Bob — what you are missing is that Red China has nearly destroyed our economy, and eventually (if not stopped) will!

      The ISIS, Ukraine “crisis”, and whatever OTHER nonsense happens in the Middle East is to protect the Zionist State of Israel ONLY. None of it can endanger our way of life — like Red China is doing ALREADY!

      So yes, our economy comes FIRST, on the back-burner are these other bogeymen idiocies!

      On your loaded question: “Is beheadings becoming ho-hum every day news?”
      Answer:
      Yes — after witnessing for decades the Negros in Africa killing their own and ripping their hearts out while still pulsating, to feed them to their disciples, and cutting off heads and sticking them on poles on “enemy” tribal lands in the thousands…a few white heads are no longer so shocking!

      Bob — like a good little Zionist you are more interested in US Foreign BULLSHIT MILITARY Aggression Policy that protects Israel, not the REAL DANGER of Red China DESTROYING our economy and plunging US further into an austerity state! WHICH IS ALREADY here — Most producing Americans are working two jobs or more — to make ends meet, and feed the IRS and the Military Industrial Complex kitty!!!

  3. USA is #2…!!!

    “There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer
    No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just
    overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world.
    For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not
    the leading economic power on the planet.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-official-america-is-now-no-2-2014-12-04

    Red China is our most dangerous enemy today! Imagine what the NOW #1 economic power in the world, under a communist dictatorship, can do to US (bomber planes, missiles, atomic bombs, militarily weapons, etc. IN THE THOUSANDS will place little burden to the #1 Economy in the world today — Red China)!

    However, instead of exposing THIS DIRE situation, the zionist owned media in USA PLASTERS ALL OVER THE MEDIA a bunch of turban wearing, flea-bitten bearded Muslim extremists — ISIS — as the NEW and MOST DANGEROUS threat to our American way of life! What MSN fails to state is that none of these crazy Muslims have an Airforce, nor a Navy, or a mechanized Army — so how are they going to attack us…by building thousands of rowboats to come to our shores with their military “might”..?!?

    These CREATED boogeymen play nicely into the hands of US-traitor politicians — whose only concern is the protection of the Zionist State of Israel (where such radical Muslims can have a direct impact), not the USA, where none such dregs have taken away our Constitutional Rights (but OUR OWN POLITICIANS DID in response to the boogeymen INVENTION)!

    Will there be a single candidate that will state this OBVIOUS SYLLOGISM — or have all learned the sad lesson that AIPAC elects ALL our officials, so kowtow to Zionist Israel’s dictates..?!

  4. This is off-topic, but might be seen as tangentially related to this thread.

    Too bad Sam’s not around. He would be interested in this.

    Senate Democrats are releasing a report on torture and other offenses during the Bush years. I was wondering why they’re bothering. It’s certainly not going to make us popular abroad.

    My first thought was that it might be wanting the public to know, so they can say the recent election was a big mistake.

    But I came up with another, nuanced, idea. We just had the report that Uruguay is taking some of the Gitmo prisoners off our hands. Seems to me, if we release a report of how we’ve mistreated those guys, it would be easier for other countries to sell it to their population that they are doing a good thing by taking the prisoners out of that place.

    • Nah, aimed at Repubs mainly (a hundred plus prisoners would make no diff who takes them).

      However, this report proves one point:

      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-report-on-cia-program-details-brutality-dishonesty/ar-BBgy5Zk

      Goethe — do you remember what Ron Paul said abut the CIA if he were elected President?

      That this would be the first unconstitutional, outside US Law, thus criminally run, organization he would shut down — for since their inception the CIA has done more harm to US than good!

      CIA had their fingers in the Kennedy assassination — for when JFK stated that he’ll no longer tolerate secret organizations (meaning the CIA and the never audited Federal Reserve Board) he became a danger to the Zionist goal to run the World. And trilateralist (meaning One World Government disciple) Papa Bush played his role in the JFK elimination — then became Director of CIA and eventually US President. Followed by his trilateralist son GW, who lit the first Jewish menorah in the White House (showing his true colors).

      The speech that got JFK killed:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnkdfFAqsHA

      I think the liberals releasing this report had one goal in mind — equating Jeb Bush with GW’s acceptance of CIA brutality. Thus hoping that a 3rd Bush won’t get to lord it over us in 2016.

      In their simple-mindedness, the Libs may have actually helped us in avoiding the 3rd Trilateralist in the Bush line!

      Your thoughts?

      • p.s. JFK starts with one of the the most powerful true statements about us, Americans: “The very word SECRECY is repugnant in a free and open society”!

        Secrecy is the anathema of Free Americans — but, the WRITTEN WORD for a Big Brother Zionist Owned One World Government!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnkdfFAqsHA

      • Lets put things in perspective here…….President Kennedy’s speech about “Secret Societies” was given on 27th of April 1961 to the American Newspapers Publishers and it had nothing to do with defending against a Zionist state. It TOOK PLACE 10 DAYS AFTER THE FAILED “BAY OF PIGS” INVASION (17 April 1961) and was telling that newspapers job was to over see government from over stepping it’s bounds. He did not believe in censoring the news and stifling dissent. (I.E. the debacle he just went through led by the CIA). In reality what really happened was the newspapers had a hint something was going to happen and ran a story stating such for a week before time thus causing the failed Castro coup.

        • Bobby — you are so wrong on so many aspects.

          1) This JFK speech speaks about secret societies and secret oaths, therefore, none of this has anything to do with the open media (try The Bilderberg Gang, the CIA, the Federal Reserve Board run by Zionists since its unconstitutional creation in 1913, etc).

          2) I never said the Bushes helped assassinate JFK — but that George Herbert Bush (Papa Bush) did! Why would anyone think that an oilman would eventuality be rewarded the Directorship of the CIA, if he did not play a role in the JFK assassination and its cover-up?!

          “Consider the career of George H.W. Bush. He was a Texas
          oilman (Zapata Oil) and a CIA operative, involved with the Bay of Pigs.
          Bush’s name was found in the papers of George DeMohrenschildt, one of Lee
          Harvey Oswald’s CIA handlers. As documented by Pete Brewton, author of
          The Mafia, the CIA and George Bush, Bush was deeply connected with a small
          circle of Texas elites tied to the CIA and the Mafia, as well as the Florida-based
          CIA/anti-Casto Cuban exile/ Mafia milieu As Richard Nixon’s hand-picked
          Republican National Committee chairman, and later as CIA director, Bush
          constantly covered-up and stonewalled for his boss about Watergate, which
          itself (by the admission of Frank Sturgis and others) was a cover-up of
          the JFK assassination.

          http://www.rense.com/general76/hunt.htm

          3) GWB is the only US president to light the Zionist menorah in the White House on Christmas — or are you disputing this fact, too?

          4) I clearly remember watching George Herbert Bush on Public TV stating that we need a One World Government, a New World Order with a single monetary unit! That’s a fact — and in many of his speeches as US PRESIDENT he refers to a New World Order (also a fact is that he and his family are Trilatarists — Zionist One World Order disciples).

          Bobby — I understand that the likes of you would rather close their eyes, and stick their fingers in their ears while droning Nah, Nah, Nah… and call realists “tin foil hats” in order to avoid unpleasant truths, but sticking your head in the sand when faced with an indisputable controversy (that’s contrary to your preconceived mindless set) does not the change facts, kid.

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