December 15th, 2007
12:08 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee: Bush administration has 'arrogant bunker mentality'

Huckabee had some sharp words for the Bush administration Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mike Huckabee is questioning the Bush administration's policy on Iraq, criticizing what he calls the White House’s “arrogant bunker mentality.”

“Much like a top high school student, if [the United States] is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised,” he writes in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs.

In the magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Huckabee says the president did not call for enough troops during the invasion of Iraq, and disregarded the advice of Gen. Eric Shinseki, who said several hundred thousands troops would be needed.

Huckabee also calls recent U.S. policy toward Pakistan a “setback” and a “waste” in the article, released Friday, and says that the United States “might be able to live with a contained Iran.”

The former Arkansas governor has poked fun at his own lack of foreign policy experience, saying earlier this month that while his grasp of foreign policy might be thin, he “did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."

He faced criticism from campaign rivals last week for not being aware of an intelligence assessment released by the White House that said Iran had effectively ended its effort to create nuclear weapons in 2003 until he was informed of the report by journalists a day later. He told reporters he had been too busy on the trail to keep track of the development.

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Kristy Sanborhn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    Huckabees ran down everyone else, now the Bush Administration, guess Huckabee is going to have his say as he goes down and out in this election!
    And he talks about others?

    December 16, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  2. dk

    THE ONLY REASONABLY GOOD PEOPLE WHO WE HAD HEARD ABOUT RUNNING AND THEN BAILED EARLY WERE Evan Bayh and Chuck Hagel. It's sad that people are dumb enough to have supported the jerks who now are the top teir choices. None of them are worth a squat. I could have been led to Obama but one certain ignorant person is turning me off to him real quick. Huck is Bush Lite, I've had enough of that. Romney........ UGH, McCain? maybe had he not lost his cookies, Hillary? No way, really bad for the country. Rudy, 2 terms of crooks in the White house is enough. Edwards? Doesn't matter, he won't be around long enough anyhow. Thompson? Can't decide if it's the Hollywood elite, lawyer status, or lack of experience that draws hypocrits to him.......

    It sure is shaping up to be another day to sleep in come next Novemeber.

    December 16, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. sunnycat9

    Although I won't be voting for a Republican presidential candidate, I totally agree with Huckabee's assessment of Bush.

    December 16, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Patti, Conway AR

    I've lived in Arkansas for the past 22 years. Indeed Mr. Huckabee never met a tax that he didn't like. Everybody hates paying taxes when they are just squandered. Taxes are collected by the force of government, unlike donations which are voluntarily and in most cases given with a glad heart. Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, the match that started the American Revolution. Now on this anniversary we celebrate the American Revolution Part II, a bloodless revolution. Give your donation today to the real hope for America and restore the republic, vote Ron Paul.

    December 16, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Jason Stubbeman, Hoffman Estates, IL

    Finally a Republican that has the guts to speak up for what is right and not just what the status quo sets as the standard for foreign policy.

    December 16, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Clayton, Conway, AR

    You forget the FIRST Republican to with the guts to speak up for what is right and not just what the status quo sets as the standard for foreign policy, RON PAUL.

    December 16, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Veronica, Knoxville, TN

    Mark C, Asheville NC, You can go ahead and make all the jokes you want about Ron Paul. But the Paul supporters that you seem to hate so much are fighting for your individual rights as well. Stop being such a tool and open your eyes.

    December 17, 2007 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  8. Loyd Fox, Van Wyck, SC

    I <3 Huckabee

    December 17, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Huckabee has done the proper thing; he saw something wrong with the president (of which there are many things) and his policies and said this was wrong and I don't agree with it.

    I think that Huckabee is just following the flow and ideas of most of the American public at this point. The war in Iraq was done poorly; no planning for winning the peace or after the war. The reasons for invading were wrong to start with as well.

    December 17, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Jose Viramontes Madison Wisconsin

    Good for Mike...Its about time someone stands up to that bully or kiss @#$. Either way, why hold a "candidate" accountable for what he said against mr. president but not ask the same from the Prez. about breaking the military, disintigrating the middle class, robbing the U.S people and ......You get the point. When do we make this joker accountable the U.S people?

    December 17, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. mkultra

    Bush a Hero.... seriously?.... the retard at the head of the most arrogant, criminally corrupt and obstructionist administration in history. Bush is a marinette.

    Funny this article comes from the CFR publication. Is this support for Huck or is the CFR trying to expose him? This "think-tank" is a bunch of elite Rockefeller globalists who support the never ending "war on Terror" to wrangle control over middle east energy and to acheive their own interests through world market domination.

    December 17, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Greg M Richmond Virginia

    I agree with Carol from California. People – Politics is all smoke and mirrors. They say the same thing every election. Huck to me is a giant step more genuine then the rest. Most of you are nothing more then arm chair quarterbacks. Chill.

    December 17, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Jose Card

    But G.W. Bush is not running like Bill Clinton is.
    What's Mike's point?

    December 17, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Anne Turner, Quincy, FL

    It is "separate" not "seperate". Don't you remember your third grade teacher telling you to be careful–that the word has "a rat" in it.

    December 19, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. bohemian, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Mike Huckabee on Bush Bunker Mentality

    The facts are his apparent attack on "W" has been taken out of context (By flip-flopping, waffle-man Mitt "I will bring the assault weapons ban back, but I am a lifetime member of the NRA" Romney) much like his latest ad where Mitt & the liberals are trying to say the book shelf behind him is a Cross that he planned to be some hidden Christian agenda message...

    "Bush made mistakes, but made the right choice to confront Islamic fascism in their neighborhoods. More could also be said about misinformation and bad advisers.
    " – Mike Huckabee

    He was referring to the policy itself, not President Bush. Again a half truth/misquote from Mitt Romney...

    Here is a good piece on his sentiments about Speaker Pelosi you should enjoy...

    Mike Huckabee Charges Speaker Pelosi with Sending “Lump of Coal to Troops in Iraq”:

    The Full context of the Bunker mentality speech... Mike Huckabee delivers major foreign policy speech in Washington D.C.:
    September 28th, 2007

    Mike Huckabee's Response To Romney On Foreign Policy Attack:

    Mike Huckabee on the issues and policies:

    December 19, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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