Chris Christie Wants a More Aggressive Foreign Policy in Very Messy, Difficult Places

chris-christie-via-wsjWhile RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is trying to scare Hilary into not running, while also – in case she does – talking himself into believing Hilary Clinton will not run in 2016, Chris Christie is busy trying to talk himself – and others – into believing he is still a viable candidate for 2016.

Appearing at the allegedly nonpartisan Champions of Jewish Values International awards gala in New York on Sunday, he said that America “must lead” and “in some very messy, difficult places.” Presumably, places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

You might remember here Ross Douthat’s claim that the Obama administration has not enjoyed any foreign policy successes. Chris Christie seems to build on that by demanding a more aggressive foreign policy. You know, because, how can you be successful if you don’t fight a war or two?

The rest of the world watches in desperation and hope that America will realize and act upon once again its indispensable place in the world. We must lead.

And Christie knows perfectly well where the evil of our time resides, and it’s not Mordor:

We see Russian activism once again rearing its head in the world, we see an America that backed away from a commitment made by the president of the United States in Syria, we see a country, our country, permitting even a thought of a terrorist state like Iran having nuclear capability. It’s unthinkable that the America that has led in the way that it has always led this world would permit that to happen. Yet we are sitting in a world, we are watching the vacuum that the lack of American leadership has created being filled and it is almost never filled by virtue, it is almost always filled by evil.

If the saccharin-coated America Christie describes does not make you vomit, the brazen hypocrisy will.

According to Christie, who has demonstrated himself not to be very moral at all, says that America is “the strongest moral power for what is good and what is right in the world.” We could ask, in the wake of Bridgegate, if Christie knows the difference between right and wrong, or if he wishes merely to transfer his own bullying nature onto the international stage.

The whole reason Christie appeared, of course, is to fill is war chest with the wealth of Jewish donors, and also to make up for his recent gaffe at the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he had referred to the “occupied territories” – forgetting the conservative line that if you don’t talk about the territories in question as being occupied, then they are not, in fact, occupied.

This is just like, if you talk about Hillary not really falling down, she didn’t fall down, and if you later talk about her not only falling down but suffering brain damage, she fell down and had brain damage. And three days in the hospital become thirty, or 300 people on the capital mall thirty million – almost like a biblical miracle.

Despite all the evidence at our disposal, that there are, in fact, no Republicans to be found today evincing any discernible any values at all, Christie told his rich potential donors,

We need to stand once again loudly for these values,” he said. “And sometimes that’s going to mean standing in some very messy, difficult places. Standing long and hard for those things that we believe in.

The things Christie and other Republicans believe in include, most notably, dishonesty and hypocrisy, the two linchpins of modern conservatism – leavened with a heavy dose of greed. We saw how well a foreign policy based on these “values” impressed the world during the Bush administration. Half of his administration is now wanted as war criminals and Iraq and America were left economically ruined.

“We will either lead or disappoint,” he said, missing the irony that the last Republican president did both. And then the obligatory either-or fallacy of the bankrupt imagination: “Those are the only two choices. Unfortunately, today, in my opinion, America is disappointing. But it’s not too late.”

Well, if anyone knows about disappointing, it’s Christie. And sometimes it is too late (I am speaking about Christie here) whether you want it to be or not.

And sometimes, Hillary is going to run, whether you want her to or not.

21 Replies to “Chris Christie Wants a More Aggressive Foreign Policy in Very Messy, Difficult Places”

  1. Double H, a very loud NO to stupid useless wars. We have problems here at home. Will somebody tell the blood thirsty Neocons who are in BOTH parties that WARS COST MONEY!!!! Money wasted on wars could be spent on infrastructures, Science and Technology, education, healthcare, retiring the debt, and other important things.

    Our Foreign Policy in this country should swing between nonintervention and pragmatism.

  2. Well, he hasn’t a snowball’s chance in Hades of winning a national election, but that aside, even if he could, he knows absolutely ZERO about foreign affairs. The closest he’s been to anything foreign is the local Chinese restaurant.

  3. I sometimes go on foreign boards and I can tell you what kind of light of the world we are seen to be. I’d make you a dandy political cartoon if I could upload it.

    P. S. The Weapons of Mass Destruction were found during George W. Bush’s last Presidential colonoscopy.

  4. “P. S. The Weapons of Mass Destruction were found during George W. Bush’s last Presidential colonoscopy.”

    That was a big surprise to me too, considering how much of that space was taken up by his head.

  5. He is so far off with what we want!
    Democrats want peace, Republicans want war and the money that comes from it.
    PETITION: Our $1 trillion chance to eradicate poverty worldwide. http://www.avaaz.org/en/g8_tax_havens_p/?tmXahcb
    The world spent $1735 Billion on war in 2012. It would take approximately $135 Billion to totally eradicate Poverty.
    TAX THE GLOBAL RICH: In the world today, the 32 million adults worth over $1 million collectively hold $98.7 trillion in personal wealth. These affluents make up 0.7 percent of the world’s adult population and hold 41 percent of the world’s wealth. A graduated wealth tax that averaged 0.5 percent on all personal wealth over $1 million would raise about $500 billion annually, nearly triple the $169 billion needed to raise every soul on the planet out of extreme poverty. Time to TAX the GLOBAL RICH: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/19513-do-we-need-another-rolls-royce-showroom

  6. This photo at the top should be used in every article or blurb about Christie. It exemplifies the loudmouth ignorant BULLY that he is from the very core of his being. He knows nothing about foreign policy which makes him the perfect Repub/Conserv. and the worst for POTUS and this world.

  7. This is Krispies way of sucking up to Shalom Adelson. And worse, lets not forget that $omney also said that as president he would control events in the middle east, not react to them. A very direct statement that said taking over middle eastern countrys was part of his agenda.

  8. UNLESS and UNTIL these people are willing to send THEIR children off to “messy difficult places” they can sit down and shut up. No, it’s always somebody else who pays the price. These are the kind of people who would cut the VA if they could get away with it (after creating millions of new veterans with terrible life-long injuries).

  9. Anything….ANY THING!!! To keep the press’ mind away from traffic. ANY straw in the wind….

    Just don’t forget the jelly donuts.

  10. These Right Wing donors are affectionately called “the crazies” by the rest of Jews. They are bolstered extremely by the end time Dominionists and other end times Christians who think that if all the Jews would only move to Israel that it would bring Jesus’ second coming.

    You can’t reason with these people. They are insane.

  11. It is the idea of America being exceptional on a positive note is what makes me want to puke. The idea that we have a duty to lead the world to a bright and shining future is nauseating to me. The GOP can’t lead Its own citizens forward in the 21st century.

  12. Christi is trying to make himself relevant. Here’s a man who has know foreign policy experience but his first notion is to go to war. This something he would not commit his kids to but willing to throw our kids into the bowels of death. He needs to focus on keeping his job which i believe is in jepardy (excuse my spelling).

  13. Like all the the rr sissys chrississy is just a phony, liar and pos. How anyone in their right can support any of these self righteous delusional mittheads is beyond comprehension.
    These rr wingnuts have no self esteem or values that are mandated by the ten commandments and the Constitution.
    This includes the “Supreme Corrupt” and entire RNC. I would truly like at sit a round table with these phonys. It would be easy to rebut any of their SDR=self delusional rational.
    There is not anyone of crazy wingnuts that deserve any semblance of respect as they (RR)continue to verbally defecate.

  14. It’s always easy for one who is not the president to speak about invading other countries for whatever reason they deem “important.” These don’t have a clue about the responsibility the Office of the Presidency has…

    Wake up, Christie. It’s time you grew up!

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