Thursday, December 20

Huckabee and Foreign Policy

The old guard of the GOP has often come out swinging in recent days at Huckabee. I can understand their distress. Many had already picked their candidate and it hurts to see them dropping. Just take a look at Hugh Hewitt. Of his last 15 posts on his blog seven have been something negative about Huckabee. Drudge hates him too.They should be ashamed of themselves. Every other word or quote that they get about Huckabee is out of context or self defeating. A good example is the national review article on Huckabee's foreign policy. It says on one hand that Huckabee "has to his credit...spoken forcefully about the threat of Islamic extremism." Then they turn around and criticize his view on pursuing diplomatic options with Iran when Huckabee lays out these issues as being intertwined, part and parcel of the same trouble. They can't have it both ways. It is hard to not understand Iran and understand radical Islam.

Unfortunately most of the criticism has come from cherry-picking out of context quotes with little comprehensive analysis. Sure, a governor doesn't have as much experience as a President, but which President is running for election this year? After reading the criticism I went to Huckabee's own words. Yes, he uses illustrations which can be misunderstood but just as likely to be illuminating. (Ever heard of the "Domino theory" or "garden hoses" being used for foreign policy debates?)

Take a look yourself and see if the man does not only understand but is able to communicate (something I will admit our current administration has failed at) the threats to America.

And my favorites:
Unintentionally, some of our closest allies are producing some of our clearest threats. Because of our special relationship with Britain, and all of our similarities with them, most Americans don’t realize that it’s very different to be a Muslim citizen of Britain than a Muslim citizen of the United States. Therefore, we have sometimes real difficulty in accepting that doctors in Britain could be terrorists, and drive car bombs into an airport terminal.

We can’t export democracy as if it were Coca-Cola or KFC, but we can nurture moderate forces in all over these countries where al Qaeda seeks to replace modern evilwith medieval evil. This moderation may not look like, and it may not function exactly like our system; it may be more like a benevolent oligarchy; it may be more tribal than individualistic. But both for us and the people of those countries, it’ll be far better than the dictatorships than they now have or the theocracy that they would have under the radical Islamists.