December 28th, 2007
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Huckabee's foreign policy knowledge questioned

Mike Huckabee campaigns Friday in Pella, Iowa.

Mike Huckabee campaigns Friday in Pella, Iowa.

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's understanding of foreign affairs has again been called into question after his comments reacting to the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Huckabee, whose foreign policy credentials have been under a microscope since he admitted that he was unaware of an intelligence report that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program, appeared to make another gaffe Thursday when he seemed to suggest incorrectly that Pakistan was under martial law.

At an Orlando, Florida, press conference, the former Arkansas governor told reporters that the United States' first priority should be to find the responsible parties.

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  1. Amanda Prentis, Clinton, MD

    Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night? LOL

    Huckabee would serve Arkansas very well. Particularly if the put some spending limits in place and restrict his work as a judge. It is a landlocked state....a good distance from our borders....where his mistakes could not hurt us much.

    Somehow, while in office, he was able to serve as judge and jury for complex capital crimes and determine some criminals should be free. I do think Governors should govern and Judges should judge.

    He may be a great guy....haven't met him, but Arkansas is where he belongs!

    December 28, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Glenn

    I don't see what the big deal about this is. I mean, look at our current situation: instead of following Osama bin Laden and Al-quaeda to Afganistan and Pakistan, our knowledge of international affairs led us to dedicate virtually all our military and fiscal resources on Iraq. So what was wrong with that? No need to over think things. Next thing you know, people will start getting concerned about the deficit and the inability to fund Social Security benefits. Like most Republicans, I won't need Social Security, and so I am not concerned that the country keeps incurring annual deficits. I have no intention of paying anything back; anyone that thinks the Bush tax cuts won't become permanent is fooling themselves.

    December 28, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. ch arles

    every candidate is afraid.... republican and democrat... to speak their peace????? usa or what???? they want to be elected. end of subject!!!!!!

    December 28, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. ih2005

    Media is picking nits. Mr. Huckabee nailed in pretty well in a September address in Washington:

    December 28, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. ch arles

    it goes this far ..... you have the talkers (rush... sean...neal...ect.....they want theyre candidate ,to win but they really dont care.....rush has a jet .. sean wants one neal boortz the best of all has a prevost.... i would take neals place he kicks ass !!!!!!!!! belinda and royal make neal # 1 in my book

    December 28, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. ch arles

    when push comes to shove were on our on ??????? where are you president??????

    December 28, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. ch arles

    mr obama i wish u were the nominee... u r far better than hilliary.... god help us all if she were elecected

    December 28, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Mike

    who cares if Huckabee doesn't have foreign policy experience, the man is a baptist minister, if you are a Christian and vote for anyone but him you'll burn in hell

    December 28, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Gary Spencer

    I doubt if any of Mr Huckabee's critics would chose to live in President (Dictator?)
    Mushareff's Pakistan, marshall law or not.

    December 28, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Jeremy, Columbus OH

    This should make no difference to Republicans, afterall look at who is currently in office, no ounce of foreign policy even after a second term. It's about God, Gays, and Guns people, that's all Republicans have to run on. I hope he wins, so Hillary can smear him all over the place, it will be fun to watch.

    December 28, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    My real question for some of you here is this: Why are you folks (specifically commenters like Charles, Sean Allen, and Henry Miller) so opposed to a Christian being president? You guys find lots of ways to shred Huckabee to bits, much like you do to our President, then you attribute their lack of intelligence to their religion. That's unfair, and it is also prejudicial, much like a police officer who hassles a black person because of skin color.

    Bush's failings as a president have little or nothing to do with his religious beliefs– they have more to do with the fact that he has let people in his circle exert too much influence on policy. For example, Rumsfeld convinced Bush that a large troop contingency was not necessary to maintain Iraq–now fast forward a few years, and we see that a large number of troops can have success providing Iraqis with security.

    Charles, Henry, Sean, and the rest of the liberal clowns around here need to just admit what the rest of us already know.

    December 29, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  12. Jeremiah, Phoenix AZ

    Huck – Here's some free advice. Quit crying about all the "attack ads" and spend your time learning a bit about the world. I'll bet you didn't even know who Bhutto was until one of your aides clued you in.

    You can't defend your record so you just cry if anyone tries to make it public knowledge. You can't find anything to hit Romney on other than his religion so again you cry if Romney rightly tells the people what you're to afraid to tell them yourself. If the truth is negative, then that's what it is.

    Think of it this way, for all those people who support giving free tuition to illegal immigrants...for all those people who support 1000+ pardons, including to criminals who you let free to rape and murder again...for all those people who like tax increases, Romney is giving you free advertising. He's telling all those people all the "great" things you did as Governor.

    December 29, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. Kevin, San Francisco, CA

    Voting for ol' Huck – well that's just the Christian thing to do, ain't it? So says the Lord. Voting for one of them other candidates just ain't Christian-like I reckon.

    December 29, 2007 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  14. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Brad, from the Great State of Texas;

    Every president we've ever had was a Christian, liberal as well as conservative. Liberals don't have a problem with people being Christian. What they object to is the notion that evangelical presidents have a right to legislate the lives of others based on whether or not they're Christian. Huckabee claiming that homosexuality is a "sinful and aberrant lifestyle" is one thing; but denying the right to marriage, civil-union, adoption, and open service in a military that claims to be fighting for freedom is not acceptable from our point of view. Same attitude towards Muslims, as he clearly has no qualms about *permanently* deporting the entire Palestinian nation to Egypt or Saudi Arabia, and is practically drooling at the idea of cracking down on Pakistani immigration.

    As a citizen, my problem isn't with his religion, it's with his need to impose it on everyone else and punish all those who don't partake in it. And as a Christian, my problem isn't with his religion, it's with the way he needs to shove it in everyone's face again and again and again, the way he did in the Christmas ad and the way he's done in every speech he's given throughout the campaign. The fact that someone's a Christian doesn't tell me anything about his character. The way he lives his Christianity, on the other hand, tells me a lot, and in my book, Huckabee doesn't even approach the character needed to be president.

    As for foreign policy? I don't think he's a stupid person, I just think he chooses not to know or care about it, for the simple reason that foreigners don't vote. As a campaigner, he's brilliant, probably the best in this election. But as a president? If the two options were him and George W Bush, I'd vote for Bush.

    December 29, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  15. Sandye

    To Jeremy:

    I was delighted when Al Gore got the nomination because I thought he would smear George Bush all over the place. As we have seen many times, it's not over 'til it's over. Never overestimate the intellect of voters and keep up the fight!

    December 29, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Mike Allen

    All the candidates and all politicians depend on daily briefs from staff advisors before they speak to the press that day. Huckabee recieved a very poor brief from some pretty sloppy advisors leading to a poor day in the lime light. NO BIG DEAL?

    December 29, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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