Mike Huckabee is learning how it feels when people actually pay attention to what you’re saying. He followed up his first bloopers on Afghanistan, which Paul noted yesterday–“apologizing” for Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, and stating that martial law was still in effect–with yet another, telling MSNBC:
We have seen what happen in the Musharraf government, he has told us he does not have enough control of those eastern borders near Afghanistan to be able go after the terrorists. but on the other hand, did he not want us going in.
As Marc Ambinder says: “Get This Man A Map!”. Ironically, this error came while Huckabee was defending his own foreign policy expertise.
Worse than these gaffes was Huckabee’s favorable notice by the government of Iran. Iran’s news agency, Fars, headlined: “Top Republican Candidate Wants Dialog with Iran”:
Like another governor from the same state, Bill Clinton, Huckabee has little experience in foreign affairs. Nonetheless, last week he dropped a bomb in an article he published in Foreign Affairs, where all the other candidates have contributed articles. He wrote of “urgent concerns” regarding Iran’s nuclear program and its support for militants, saying that he does not discard the military option. But he was critical of the Bush foreign policy, which he described as “arrogant bunker mentality.”
In the Iranian context, his policy is being interpreted as a change, calling for bringing to the table non-military options as well. Huckabee is of the opinion that relations with Iran deteriorated following Bush’s “axis of evil” speech. In many points his message on Iran is more akin to that of the Democrats: there is a need for dialogue with Iran, and more diplomacy is needed.
If you were one of the mullahs, whom would you like to see as President: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, or Mike Huckabee? That’s a question Republican caucus-goers and primary voters should ask themselves.
PAUL adds: As if all of this wasn’t enough, here are two more items. First, a senior Huckabee adviser reportedly told CNN that “there is no foreign policy credential” when it comes to Huckabee. I wonder whether this is the same adviser who took on Rush Limbaugh. Second, at a press conference on Thursday, Huckabee said, “I’ve corresponded with John Bolton, who’s agreed to work with us on developing foreign policy.