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Seems like straight-shooting to me. At least one lefty hack in the MSM says that Walker botched this interview, but I don’t think so. (I like how he starts his criticism by pouncing on a sentence that Walker didn’t get a chance to complete …)
But what do you think? How is Walker handling aggressive media interviews? Is he sounding the right tone on foreign policy? Does it look like he will develop a solid grasp of the issues?
Walker, who has announced a trade mission to London for later this month, disputed that he’s light on foreign policy knowledge.
“Governors don’t just take trips,” he said. “As a governor, I’ve had risk assessments given to me by the FBI and my Adjutant General about threats not only in my state but around the country. That’s one of the reasons why I’m so worried about the future not just of our country but our world. We need leadership.”
Raddatz pressed him on Syria, where the U.S. has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State.
Raddatz: “Let’s talk about some specifics. You talk about leadership and you talk about big, bold, fresh ideas. What’s your big, bold, fresh idea in Syria?”
Walker: “I go back to the red line —”
Raddatz: “Let’s not go back. Let’s go forward. What’s your big, bold idea in Syria?”
Walker: “I think aggressively we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world. Because it’s not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil — or not if, I should say, it’s when. And we need leadership that says clearly not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we’re willing to take appropriate action. I think it should be surgical —”
Raddatz: “You don’t think 2,000 air strikes is taking it to ISIS in Syria and Iraq?”
Walker: “I think we need to have an aggressive strategy anywhere around the world. I think it’s a mistake to go down a path —”
Raddatz: “But what does that mean? I don’t know what ‘aggressive strategy’ means. If we’re bombing and we’ve done 2,000 air strikes, what does an aggressive strategy mean in foreign policy.”
Walker: “I think anywhere and everywhere we need to go beyond just aggressive air strikes. We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that’s what it takes because I think —”
Raddatz: “Boots on the ground in Syria? U.S. boots on the ground in Syria?”
Walker: “I don’t think that’s an immediate plan, but I think anywhere in the world —”
Raddatz: “But you wouldn’t rule that out?”
Walker: “I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom-loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don’t allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores.”