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Huckabee Whacks Bush’s Foreign Policy

It was going to occur in one shape or form. When it was going to occur was a matter of question. The most likely timeline was after the nominee was decided. However, Mike Huckabee took a drastic turn and distanced himself from the President’s foreign policy.

“American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out,” Huckabee writes in the journal’s Jan/Feb issue. “The Bush administration’s arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad. My administration will recognize that the United States’ main fight today does not pit us against the world but pits the world against the terrorists.”

In one specific criticism, Huckabee said Bush did not send enough troops to invade Iraq. And he accused the president of marginalizing Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army chief of staff, who said at the outset of the war that it might take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to control Iraq after the invasion. “I would have met with Shinseki privately and carefully weighed his advice,” Huckabee said.

Of course, leave it to Mitt Romney, who is now a distant second in Iowa, to hit Huckabee where it hurts.

“I can’t believe he’d say that. I’m afraid he’s running from the wrong party,” Romney said to a gathering of about 100 supporters in a restaurant here. “I had to look again — did this come from Barack Obama or from Hillary Clinton? Did it come from John Edwards? No, it was Governor Huckabee.”

Battle for the conservative vote. Still, some polls show as much as half of Iowa Republican voters favor a pull out of Iraq.

Recently, Huckabee named Ed Rollins his National Campaign Chairman, who won Ronald Regan 49 states in the 1984 election.

Categories: Other Politics, RepublicanPosted on: 15th December 2007 by: admin
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