When Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin — one of the many GOP presidential hopefuls for 2016 — was on Meet the Press this morning, he said our government needed to “empower” our ground forces in the Middle East to “unleash the power of the the United States military.”
According to Walker we wouldn’t need to send more troops to Iraq, just let the troops already there take care of ISIS with stepped up air attacks, as one example. Is Governor Walker suggesting the president should re-escalate the war in Iraq?
Part of his foreign policy platform is “securing our borders” and said securing our northern border with Canada the same way he’s suggesting for our southern border with Mexico is a legitimate concern. “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings.”
So, he would consider building a wall or fence along our northern border.
He spoke of the Iran nuclear deal as if it would be ratified, saying he would repeal it if he was elected president. Walker criticized President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — also a presidential candidate — for pulling out of Iraq too quickly, despite retired Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno saying we had to pull out in 2011 to honor the commitment made to the Iraqi government in 2008 when then President George W, Bush signed the deal to leave Iraq.
Walker also spoke about repealing Obamacare — the Affordable Care Act — and his reforms in Wisconsin that have given him a 39 percent approval rating in his state. He defended his state’s low job growth saying a comparison between Wisconsin and neighboring state Minnesota wasn’t a fair comparison because Minnesota has been a better state for working people for more than two decades.
You can watch all of Gov. Walker’s interview on NBC.com
Tim Forkes started as a writer on a small alternative college newspaper in Milwaukee called the Crazy Shepherd. Writing about entertainment issues, he had the opportunity to speak with many people in show business, from the very famous to the people struggling to find an audience. In 1992 Tim moved to San Diego, CA and pursued other interests, but remained a freelance writer. Upon arrival in Southern California he was struck by how the business of government and business was so intertwined, far more so than he had witnessed in Wisconsin. His interest in entertainment began to wane and the business of politics took its place. He had always been interested in politics, his mother had been a Democratic Party official in Milwaukee, WI, so he sat down to dinner with many of Wisconsin’s greatest political names of the 20th Century: William Proxmire and Clem Zablocki chief among them. As a Marine Corps veteran, Tim has a great interest in veteran affairs, primarily as they relate to the men and women serving and their families. As far as Tim is concerned, the military-industrial complex has enough support. How the men and women who serve are treated is reprehensible, while in the military and especially once they become veterans. Tim would like to help change that reality.