Gov. Scott Walker commented, a few days ago, on President Obama’s apparent unwillingness to accept the reality of dealing with Iranians, noting that, if the current “deal framework” becomes a current “deal,” and somehow manages to pass Congress over Sen. Chuck Schumer’s currently veto-proof majority, that Scott Walker himself, should he be elected to our nation’s highest office, would immediately reverse the deal and send the Iranians packing.
Now, Scott Walker is obviously competing with other potential Republican Presidential candidates to sound hawkish and strong on foreign policy, proving that he has the temerity to enforce all three legs of Ronald Regan’s famous conservative stool. It should bother no one, least of all the nation’s Commander in Chief, that someone would consider his and John Kerry’s chats with deranged Iranian Mullahs problematic, after all, nothing – and I mean literally nothing – has managed to push that notion through so far. But yet, when asked by NPR about Scott Walker’s comments on the Iranian deal, the President responded with what we on the Internet like to call a liiiiittle bit of “butthurt.“
“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 into question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries,” Obama told NPR’s Steve Inskeep.
“If that starts being questioned, that’s going to be a problem for our friends and that’s going to embolden our enemies,” he continued. “It would be a foolish approach to take. And perhaps Mr. Walker, after he has taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.”
This is the second time in a month Obama has gone after Walker specifically; last month he criticized the governor over the passage of a so-called “right to work” bill in Wisconsin.
That is, of course, quite rich. Pushing aside the obvious criticism of his his theory about Scott Walker’s foreign policy analysis – such as how, in the same interview, Obama himself admitted that the negotiations and resulting deal framework will do absolutely nothing to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb if it wants to (and it wants to) – Obama himself was nothing mroe than a first-term Senator from Illinois before he himself ran for President. And for that matter, spent most of his first term as Senator actually running for President, making the time he spent boning up on foreign policy fairly negligible. After all, it’s not as though we here in Illinois are constantly trying to push our city-based legislators into inking complex agreements with foreign powers to take our soybeans and our surplus cattle.
Fortunately, Scott Walker has already issued his own response to the President’s from-left-field whack. According to the Wisconsin governor, the best he can do is learn from this administration’s mistakes, and that means he’s got a lot of training material to work with.
“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.” – Governor Scott Walker
In short, even without the kind of foreign policy experience Obama gained organizing community basketball programs and hounding passers-by for petition signatures, you can’t really do worse.
I’m not sure that’s saying exactly what I want it to say, honestly – most of the country thought you couldn’t do worse than George W. Bush’s hapless attempts at nation-building across the Middle East, but Barack Obama proved that you msot certainly could – and it does go to show that a lack of foreign policy experience does have a real impact on how the world functions, but I’ll give him one thing. He’s right that Obama has no place in his glass house left to throw stones.
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