Huckabee Bashes Bush on Foreign Policy
Posted by Ryan on December 15, 2007
I have absolutely no use for Mike Huckabee anymore. His new foreign policy article to appear in an upcoming issue of Foreign Affairs really does reinforce Huckabee’s own farce of his foreign policy experience: “I may not be the expert as some people on foreign policy, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night” (now wait for the obligatory chuckle). Freudian slip anyone?
Love or hate Bush, as a Republican he is the sitting President and the de facto leader of that party. I agree with Mitt Romney’s assessment of the speech: “I said, ‘Did this come from Barack Obama? Or from [She Who Must Not Be Named]? Did it come from John Edwards?’ No. It was one of our own. It was Gov. Huckabee.” And as one of Romney’s aides continued: “At a time when Republican voters want strength of purpose and resolve in foreign policy, Mike Huckabee has resorted to the Democrat playbook of just bashing the president.”
I agree that Huckabee sounded very much like a Democrat in his critique of Bush’s foreign policy: Monday-morning quarterbacking on General Shinseki’s view of too few troops in Iraq, criticizing Bush’s “arrogant bunker mentality” that has hurt us here and abroad, insinuating that it’s America against the world not the world against terrorism (I’m assuming he thinks “the world” is comprised of tin-pot third-world dictatorships and corrupt UN apparatchiks), criticizing the intrinsic allure of democracy, etc.
His presumptions are intellectually insulting to this conservative and (like the Democrats) fails to account for historical context, reality on the ground, and information available at the time decisions were made. Go ahead and distance yourself from Bush, make contrasts, but by saying these kinds of things Huckabee is reinforcing a false Democrat stereotype, throwing the President and the party that supported his policies for seven years under the bus, then claiming he wants to represent that party and the nation as their new President.
This speech severed any chance that I might be a Huckabee supporter at some point in primary season. If the Republicans all decide we want to nominate our version of a less intellectual Adlai Stevenson in Huckabee, I will hold my nose to vote against the Democrat/Socialist alternative, not for him. His pro-tax record as Arkansas Governor, his low-blow against Romney’s Mormonism, his lack of depth on the issues beyond the clever quip and principled statements, and now his insulting of a President and a party that took quite a gamble making the tough historical decision to support Bush’s policies through tough political times for the future benefit of America, all inspire feelings of distrust and dislike of Huckabee to this conservative primary voter.
He’s turning in into a more likable but fatally flawed churchy less conservative version of Ron Paul in my book.