President Obama Says Scott Walker Needs To Bone Up On Foreign Policy

walker and obama (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

In an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, President Obama took a jab at Scott Walker’s lack of foreign policy experience, by noting that Governor Walker needs to “bone up on foreign policy”. Walker has publicly stated that if he becomes President, his priority on day one, would be to reverse the multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran that President Obama was a party to.

When Inskeep questioned Obama about Walker’s statement, the President responded by questioning the Wisconsin Governor’s judgement. Obama stated:

I am confident that any president who gets elected will be knowledgeable enough about foreign policy and knowledgeable enough about the traditions and precedents of presidential power that they won’t start calling to question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries. If that starts being questioned, that’s going to be a problem for our friends and that’s going to embolden our enemies.

And it would be a foolish approach to take, and, you know, perhaps Mr. Walker, after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.

On Tuesday morning. Governor Walker’s campaign responded to President Obama’s remarks, with the following statement:

President Obama’s failed leadership has put him at odds with many across the country, including members of his own party, and key allies around the world. Americans would be better served by a president who spent more time working with governors and members of Congress rather than attacking them. Whether it is cutting a bad deal with Iran, calling ISIS the JV squad, or touting Yemen as a success story, Obama’s lack of leadership has hurt America’s safety and standing in the world.

The mainstream media will probably focus on the brewing feud between the White House and the Walker campaign. However, it is important to note that Walker’s lack of a substantive foreign policy strategy underscores the conflict between the two camps. Like many of the other Republican presidential candidates, Governor Walker simply knows that he is against whatever the President does. Yet, on foreign policy matters, Walker has never thoughtfully articulated what he stands for.

For that reason, President Obama has a valid point. Before Scott Walker criticizes the Iran deal, he should bone up on foreign policy at least enough to propose a viable alternative policy. If Governor Walker is unable to do that, it will become clear that he is not a serious presidential candidate. Instead, he will come across as merely being another partisan hack who criticizes the President to score political points, but then offers no constructive alternative of his own.


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22 Replies to “President Obama Says Scott Walker Needs To Bone Up On Foreign Policy”

  1. Classs enrollment
    1.For Walker, Foreign policy 101
    2.Jeb Bush, “Ask a Mexican” 101
    3. For Cruz,Jindal and the rest/ US Constitution 101

  2. Recently, during an interview, TP hopeful Ben Carson erroneously guessed that the Balkans are located in Ukraine or Russia. Carson was corrected by the interviewer.

    I’m appalled such ignorant people even dream of running for president. If I couldn’t answer a simple geo/political question while aspiring to run for POTUS & ‘Leader of the Free World’ I’d be mortified. In 2012, Mitt Romney showed how clueless he is when he claimed middle class income is $200,000 to $250,000; & don’t get me started on Palin!

    When Romney was running for POTUS in 2012, his vagueness always gave me the feeling he really didn’t know what he was doing & would be relying heavily on a group of advisers.

    Why on earth do such uneducated people believe they’re qualified to become president? I guess the GOP is so used to lying & never being held accountable for their words or actions they feel no sense of embarrassment or shame whatsoever when their comparative inadequacy is exposed on the worl…

  3. Baggers love candidates who are as dumb as they are and love Jeebus just as much. Can’t trust them librul interlekshools.

  4. Rumor has it that Walker has been taking online crash courses in U.S. Government and World Affairs … at a web site using instructional content provided by Sarah Palin.

  5. Just WAIT for the Debates….we shall see who stumbles, fumbles and have those Oooops moments. My bet is that Walker is going to have one of those : ” I can’t believe he doesn’t know this. Or I can’t believe he said that; moments.” And it will continue, until he drops out. Or have a NO MAS moment.

  6. Scott Walker’s experience of foreign policy seems to be by and large the annoyance of filling out a customs declaration the last time he went to Canada.

    Assuming he had.

    Debates? I’d be interested to see if he does Palin-like Crib Notes, or a Romney handkerchief-notes.

  7. It’s not just republicans who planning to sabogate the Iran nuclear deal. We got 15 cowardly democrats who hiding behind republicans. Being led by Chuck Schumer:
    DonnaNoShock is asking everybody who can share your opinion with Schumer:
    Bipartisan group of over 50 military and diplomatics leaders endorse Iran nuclear framework deal:
    America Arab Istitute, J Street and NIAC welcome Iran nuclear framework deal:

  8. Bone up on foreign policy, domestic policy, local policy…or perhaps going back to Jr. High school and starting of with Civics and Econ. American History, World History etc.etc. OR!!! go back to your very first day of life on this planet and try to act like a human being!

  9. The last time the US elected a governor who didn’t know his ass from a whole in the ground, we got Dumya. That was a disaster. Just imagine the damage this lazy eyed halfwit could do. This guy isn’t smart enough to ever catch on.

  10. Being in the Senate for the last six years, you would think Senator Shumer and other Democrats would understand where the Republicans would go with this if it ever became law. Of course the Republicans would all suddenly support the President [WINK].

  11. Catch on? He doesn’t need to. He would be making all his decisions based on what his Koch bosses told him.

  12. HE THINKS that he can bully world leaders as he did with the Unions and those who voted to recall him in Wizzconsin. Cut food stamps, funds for Wisconsin U.

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