Scott Walker argles and bargles on Iran deal, suggests possible military action on day one of presidency

Scott Walker has some thoughts and feelings about President Obama’s recently-announced and UN Security Council-endorsed nuclear deal with Iran, which lifts economic sanctions on the country in exchange for long-term freezing and close monitoring of its nuclear program.

On Saturday, Walker told reporters in Iowa that the next president will need to be prepared to use military force against Iran, “very possibly” on their first day in office. The suggestion is seemingly a dig at President Obama, who in Walker’s (and conservatives’) view will have irresponsibly overlooked the country’s military capabilities and ambitions, failing to initiate such attacks during his presidency.

Earlier in the week, Walker promised to “terminate” the Iran deal on his first day in office.


Of course, neither of those claims are possible, and Jeb Bush — whose brother knows a thing or two about nuclear agreements — spent much of the weekend reminding Walker of that. You can’t simply undo treaties entered into by previous presidents, especially not via immediate and unchecked executive action on your first day in office.

Bush, of course, was then forced to say that he was very sorry for daring to utter a fact about foreign policy, telling The Weekly Standard on Sunday night that if elected he “would begin immediately to responsibly get us out of this deal.”


The foreign policy skirmish between Bush and Walker is but the latest variation of one of the foremost themes in the GOP race: The reporters covering Scott Walker are convinced that his lack of foreign policy experience and expertise is one of his most glaring weaknesses, while Walker and his opponents know full well that, as far as Iowa Republicans are concerned, it’s one of his biggest strengths. Feeling no need to tie himself to what is “true” or “possible” in the realm of global affairs, because he is literally unable to distinguish the true and possible from the false and impossible, Walker can plant his foreign policy flags wherever he sees fit.

A new poll out today shows Walker with a significant lead in Iowa, holding 22 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 13. Jeb Bush is in fourth, behind Walker, Trump and Ben Carson, with 7 percent. What’s more, if and when Trump implodes — he can’t get away with being in favor of universal healthcare forever — Walker stands the most to gain from his implosion. After all, he was angling for the angry, racist, facts-optional vote long before Trump jumped into the race.

Jeb’s got his work cut out for him if he hopes to win while remaining at least somewhat grounded in reality — both on foreign policy and other issues, like immigration or education, where he breaks (very) slightly with the conservative base in favor of the general electorate.

Lucky for him, he’s got the cash necessary in order to do it.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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17 Responses to “Scott Walker argles and bargles on Iran deal, suggests possible military action on day one of presidency”

  1. ora_tpellham says:


    Exposed; 3 Weird Method ;;; @1ma5




  2. Butch1 says:

    Yes, this truly is a nightmare.

  3. Butch1 says:

    Exactly so. One is more straight forward.

  4. Butch1 says:

    It’s all they know. (Feed the war industrial complex.)

  5. Doug105 says:

    But the parties are the same…..

  6. BeccaM says:

    Or any job more significant than managing a fast food restaurant…

    The sad thing is this kind of bloodthirsty heedless lunacy is not limited to just Walker. At this point, the GOP has become so radicalized, “Take America to war on Day 1” has become nothing but a policy disagreement on the exact timing.

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  9. Demosthenes says:

    Gov. Walker sticks to taking points calculated to win over movement conservatives. He has remarkable message discipline, which successfully masks a complete lack of knowledge regarding foreign affairs, including the Iran treaty. This may work to win the GOP nomination.

  10. andy.lotiya says:

    The current market is nothing but debt fueled smoke….
    Jobs and job growth. Very funny, that was a good one. You know there are actually people out there who don’t know what is happening and believe that. Good one!!..
    Next Page

  11. emjayay says:

    Reminds me of G W Bush, only he didn’t tell anyone about his secret obsession to invade Iraq before he was elected.

  12. 2karmanot says:

    “at least somewhat grounded in reality —” ROTFL

  13. Indigo says:

    Oh, what fun it is to ride, the Wisconsin slide to hell.

  14. FLL says:

    Republican presidential candidates are fixated on starting a war with Iran: starting with McCain in the 2008 election, continuing with Romney in the 2012 election and still evident in current batch of Republican presidential candidates. I don’t think the American public will buy it. This in addition to the demographics that already spell defeat for the Republican ticket.

  15. Butch1 says:

    This man should not be anywhere near the Oval Office.

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