Big news from his royal Translucency: Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says he'll finally, at long sodding last, be rolling out a "foreign policy."
Walker is ready to roll out his foreign policy in a speech Friday at the Citadel in South Carolina, just a couple of weeks after Bush laid out his plan to defeat the Islamic State. [...]
In an interview Tuesday, Walker told me he would be demonstrably different from Bush on foreign policy by scuttling the Iran deal as soon as he took office.
“My view is, if you think it’s a bad deal now, you should be prepared to do it on Day One," he said. "I’m going to be a Day One president."
Bush, you see, suggested he would meet with his cabinet before scuttling the deal. Among modern Republicans, however, such talk is seen as a sign of ideological weakness. Walker doesn't need to meet with any stuffy old cabinet, he knows what he thinks and he's gonna think the hell out of it as soon as (God help us) America hands him the keys to his new office. Earlier this week Walker proposed canceling the Chinese president's official state visit to the United States in retaliation for Monday's Dow Jones slide
; like all of the Republican candidates, Walker has been seeking to assure primary voters that he will conduct a foreign policy based primarily on tantrum.
Anyhoo, this promises to be great fun. Will his foreign policy speech have, against all odds, actual policies? Will he again bring up fighting Wisconsin unions as good leadership training for facing down ISIS? Will he continue to flail amazingly, whenever the panic of having to state an actual opinion leaves him sweaty and disoriented?
Earlier this month, Walker compared the Iran deal to allowing teenage boys to have girls in their bedrooms without adult supervision.
Oh yeah, that's the stuff.
Walker's task here is not to differentiate himself from Bush or any of the other contenders, almost all of whom have near-identical positions on who to bomb and why because the base simply won't tolerate any contrarian stance. He just needs to be able to muddle through some foreign policy speeches without becoming a punchline afterward, a task that has so far eluded him.