September 28th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee: Don't ignore al Qaeda's 'corporate headquarters'

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee gave a foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called Pakistan the "corporate headquarters" of al Qaeda and criticized President Bush for ignoring the terrorists' safe haven along the country's borders Friday, in his first major foreign policy speech of his campaign.

"Now I disagree strongly with the Democrats who claim that we are fighting on the wrong battlefield," Huckabee said to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "I am convinced that our focus on Iraq at the expense of Pakistan or Iran is like dealing with a neighbor's house which is on fire, while ignoring the house on the other side of the street that's filled with carbon monoxide."

Huckabee, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said that in order to avoid another terrorist attack at home, America needs to learn to understand Islamic culture and work to improve its image in the world. He compared the United States to "that one kid who was just exceptional at anything he did" that you wanted to "have some blundering calamity."

"The matter in which we handle our power is critical," Huckabee said. "And the more that we can do not to weaken ourselves but to strengthen our neighbors and to give them encouragement rather than to simply show them our muscle is an important part of rebuilding America's national prestige."

Huckabee also pledged to make America completely energy independent by the end of his second presidential term, if he wins the race to the White House.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. C.LyOnS, New York NY

    Of all the GOP candidates, Huckabee has to be the most competent...too bad I'm voting Obama....

    September 28, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. USA route666

    It's become harder to accomplish in a country run by foreigners who are trafficking American Citizens. Maybe the babies could use the 5 thousand for bail bond, when the people who are trafficking them have them arrested and thrown in jail.

    September 28, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Sybil+

    Doesn't he look like an old man version of the Gerber baby? Do you think he was?

    September 28, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. doug

    That line about the exceptional kid you hated in school is dead-on and pretty amazing coming from the mouth of a Republican. That really is, in a nutshell, how most of the world views us. As for Huckabee, it's becoming clearer and clearer to me everyday that he would be Hillary's...hell, any Democrat's...toughest opponent in 2008. Good thing the GOP hasn't caught on to this, yet. May the preoccupation with Mormons and half-famous TV stars continue!

    September 28, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Sybil+

    Here we go again with the Republican scare tactics. I can't wait until voting day to pull down those Democratic levers.

    September 28, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Couldn't just concede one point to the Democrats, eh? I'm so sick of this total partisan crap displayed by most politicians lately and the MAJORITY of posters on the TICKER.
    How about focussing on what's best for the country, and not what your "party" endorses or not?

    I suppose it's Bill Clinton's fault....

    September 28, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Aaron, American in Taiwan

    Please note... Republicans want Hillary to win the Dem nomination, because they think they can strike her down. I like her, but Obama is still a ton better and extremely electable!

    September 28, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Chris, Pinellas Park, FL

    Can't wait to vote Democratic in 2008. G.O.P. R.I.P...

    September 28, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. David, Atlanta, GA

    He's right. There are a lot of Al-Quaeda supporters in Pakistan. Great soundbite Huckabee, but what are you going to do about it? The Pakistani government is already committed to doing what it can to root out Al-Qaeda operatives in it's territory. How are you going to take it to the next level? Are you going to pledge to send troops in if neccessary like Obama? Are you going to pull our troops out of Iraq, and put them on the Afghan Pakistani border where they would really be figting terrorism? No? So you were just mouthing off then?

    That's what I thought.

    September 28, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Lou Tulsa ok

    Newt Gingrich as Pres, and Huckabee as VP would be a great Republican ticket.

    September 28, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    Huckabee and Thompson. The best ticket to cancel out democrat votes.

    September 28, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. Nick, Basking Ridge, NJ

    A few of these so called "major" GOP candidates are starting to mimic Ron Paul....maybe they realize his increasing popularity (although ignored purposely by the mainstream media).

    September 28, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Huckabee is right. He is so refreshing compared to the frauds Mitt Romney/Rudy Guiliani and the sellout, McCain.

    September 29, 2007 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  14. Cameron Memphis, TN

    Mike Huckabee is a very gifted public speaker. Someone ought to consider making him our U.N. Ambassador in the next administration.

    September 29, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Susan, Austin, TX

    I think Huckabee has been overlooked as the best GOP candidate.

    September 29, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL

    I'm not sure I agree with Huckabee on everything, but I have taken notice. I admire his sincerity and enthusiasm.

    Anybody but Hillary.


    September 29, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Ron Nebraska

    Um, just a question, exactly what is his plan to make America energy independant by 2016? Prayer?

    September 30, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Greg

    What's his plan for energy independence?'s on his website, look it up. I was a clinton fan in the 90s but I'm also a researcher and these candidates(dem and rep.) have turned a new leaf in my mind. Huckabee's a good guy as much as I hate to admitt it. He's proven himself.....ARK is debt free vote's done

    February 5, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |