It is very important, especially in these evil days, for a country to have good leaders and a good foreign policy. For nations, and the leaders of those nations, are appointed by God to do good to others, and also to execute God’s wrath on nations that practice evil. Hence it is so important to elect a president who is wise in foreign policy matters, and who will exercise his authority as God would have him do (Rom. 13:3; 1 Peter 2:14).
It is especially important to elect a president who will seek to be friends with Israel. For we have the promise from God that those who bless Israel will be blessed, but those who curse Israel will be cursed (Gen. 12:3).
Bush said that the next president must prioritize cyber security. Jeb Bush stated, “The President can issue an Executive Order or give a speech about cybersecurity, but without sustained leadership and determined implementation — including a concerted effort to work with the Congress — we will not adapt to meet the growing threats. Recent high-profile intrusions into private and government networks suggest we are not meeting this challenge.” Bush also wants to maintain a strong defense, take care of the troops and veterans, and restore relationships with other nations such as Israel. Bush wants to see the government democratize Cuba before opening relations. Bush wants to have more boarder control. He wants to pass meaningful immigration reform as he believes it is unrealistic to deport millions of illegal immigrants. He wants to create a path to citizenship for law abiding citizens.
Bush has called the framework of a nuclear agreement with Iran a “horrific deal” and said he would likely terminate any final agreement should he become president. He has argued that the deal would put Iran into a position where it could intimidate the Middle East.
Bush says that he is “an unwavering supporter” of Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a speech, Bush said his brother, former President George W. Bush, was his main adviser on policy with the Middle East. Bush later clarified that he was referring to policy on Israel, rather than on the Middle East as a whole.
Bush has said that “we have an ongoing, deep relationship” with China and has advised letting the China-United States relationship “evolve.”
Bush says that U.S. troops should not be sent now to Iraq, to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), but that some U.S. troops ought to be embedded with Iraqi armed forces help train them and identify targets.
In May 2015, Bush stated that he would have ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq had he been President at the time: “I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.” He also indicated that the lack of focus on post-invasion security was a mistake. Several days later, Bush stated: “knowing what we know now, …I would not have engaged….I would not have gone into Iraq.” According to reporting by CNN, “Bush argued that the invasion—though perhaps inspired by faulty intelligence—had been beneficial, saying the world was ‘significantly safer’ without Saddam Hussein in power.”
Bush favors building a new U.S. base in Iraq’s al-Anbar province, and believes American ground troops would not be needed to defeat ISIS, but he has not commented on adding to the approximately 3,500 U.S. troops in Iraq now.
Bush characterizes Russian president Vladimir Putin a “bully” and called for a “more robust” approach. Bush told reporters during a European trip in June 2015 that the U.S. should “consider putting troops” in Poland, the Baltic states, and nearby countries. Bush also proposed expanding U.S. military exercises in the region.
Bush has not offered a “detailed plan for ending the presence of Russian-backed troops in Ukraine.”
On February 28, 2015, in an interview in Palm Beach, Florida, Walker said that “the most significant foreign policy decision” of his lifetime was President Ronald Reagan‘s firing 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981. “It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world”, Walker said. The message was that Reagan was not afraid to take action and that “we weren’t to be messed with”, he said.
Walker stated in a Nashville, Tennessee speech: “I don’t know about all of you, but in an America where my children are going to grow up, I want a commander in chief who will look the American people in the eye and say that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat and we are going to do something about it … We need a president who will be straight up with the American people and look them in the eye and tell them ‘It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when they try another attempt on America soil, and for the sake of my children and yours I am not going to wait. I am going to take the fight to them before they bring the fight to us.”
On February 26, 2015, at a conservative conference in Washington, D.C., Walker said the protests in opposition to his agenda in Wisconsin in 2011 prepared him to deal with terrorism. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world”, he said.
He has stated that radical Islamist terrorists pose the greatest threat to the United States and that these radicals intend to impose their beliefs on the world. He voted “yes” on extending the roving wiretaps provision of the Patriot Act, which governs surveillance of suspected terrorists. Rubio has supported Obama’s initial response to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant‘s invasion of Iraq. He has also called for arms to support moderate elements in the Syrian opposition and a bombing campaign to stop ISIL’s advance, but voted against an authorization to use force in Syria.
In the New York Times, Mr. Carson has acknowledged being something of a novice on foreign affairs, saying in separate interviews in March, “I’m in the process of acquiring a lot of information” and “there’s a lot of material to learn.”
He has expressed sympathy for the Israeli settlement movement — the Obama administration has opposed the expansion of settlements — and has suggested that if the Palestinians want a state, neighboring nations like Egypt should provide the land. He has accused the Obama administration of abandoning Israel.
Huckabee supports a larger military and a fifty percent increase in defense spending. In December 2007, he wrote:
“The Bush administration plans to increase the size of the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps by about 92,000 troops over the next five years. We can and must do this in two to three years. I recognize the challenges of increasing our enlistments without lowering standards and of expanding training facilities and personnel, and that is one of the reasons why we must increase our military budget. Right now, we spend about 3.9 percent of our GDP on defense, compared with about six percent in 1986, under President Ronald Reagan. We need to return to that six percent level.”
Mike Huckabee is supportive of the War in Afghanistan, and says that the war should not be judged while the United States is in the midst of it.
Huckabee has expressed concern that Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a distraction from the Global War on Terror. Previously, he stated, “[Guantanamo is] more symbolic than it is a substantive issue because people perceive of mistreatment when in fact there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given really every consideration”.
We have to continue the surge, and let me explain why. When I was a little kid, if I went into a store with my mother, she had a simple rule for me: If I picked something off the shelf at the store and I broke it, I bought it. I learned I don’t pick something off the shelf I can’t afford to buy. Well, what we did in Iraq, we essentially broke it. It’s our responsibility to do the best we can to try to fix it before we just turn away. I 100% agree that we can’t leave until we’ve left with honor because, whether or not we should have gone to Iraq is a discussion the historians can have, but we’re there. We bought it because we broke it. We’ve got a responsibility to the honor of this country and to the honor of every man and woman who has served in Iraq and ever served in our military to not leave them with anything less than the honor that they deserve.
Huckabee has criticized the Bush administration for “only proceeding down one track with Iran: armed conflict”. He noted that the US has “[not] had diplomatic relations with Iran in almost 30 years, and a lot of good it’s done”. Huckabee is willing to consider using military force against Iran. He wrote: “The Bush administration has properly said that it will not take the military option for dealing with Iran off the table. Neither will I.”
Huckabee is “America’s leading Christian Zionist politician.” He believes that the land of Israel was promised to the modern-day Jews by God. He has written that, “the Jews have a God-given right to reclaim land given to their ancestors and taken away from them.”
The Jewish Russian Telegraph reported that “When asked about a Palestinian state, Gov. Huckabee stated that he supports creating a Palestinian state, but believes that it should be formed outside of Israel. He named Egypt and Saudi Arabia as possible alternatives, noting that the Arabs have far more land than the Israelis and that it would only be fair for other Arab nations to give the Palestinians land for a state, rather than carving it out of the tiny Israeli state.” He calls Israel an “ally”, “America’s greatest friend in the region”, and says Israel should have access to advanced weapons and technology.
Huckabee first visited Israel as a teenager, and has returned numerous times since then. In August 2008, he visited Israel along with New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind as a guest of the Ateret Cohanim religious seminary’s Jerusalem Reclamation Project, a New York-based foundation that works to move Jews into Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter. During a visit to East Jerusalem, Huckabee stated “It is a historic reality that Jerusalem, and the entire land, was originally intended to be a homeland for the Jewish people. The Palestinians should in fact have a place and opportunity to settle, but it doesn’t have to be in Jerusalem.” On the same occasion he called a potential division of Jerusalem “unimaginable.”
In August 2009, Huckabee visited Israel again this time focusing on visits to settlements and meetings with settler leaders, including a dinner at the Shepherd Hotel, the site of a controversial planned housing project in East Jerusalem. Upon arrival he stated: “It concerns me when there are some in the United States who would want to tell Israel that it cannot allow people to live in their own country, wherever they want”.
He has advocated for the release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.
Paul holds that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, and that the greatest national security threat is the lack of border security. He supports eliminating issuance of visas to people from “about ten rogue nations.” He supports trying terrorists caught on the battlefield in military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Paul believes that when the United States goes to war, Congress must declare war as mandated by the United States Constitution.
According to the Huffington Post, unlike his more stridently “non-interventionist” father, Paul sees a role for American armed forces abroad, including in permanent foreign military bases.
Paul has announced his “strong opposition” towards granting Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has called for Obama to finish the negotiations in just a few months.
Paul opposes the Obama administration’s “One Iraq” policy (which attempts to preserve Iraq as a union of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites), and instead advocates Kurdish independence: “I would draw new lines for Kurdistan and I would promise them a country.” Paul also advocates immediate change in the way American weapons are delivered to the Kurdistan Regional Government: “The arms are going through Baghdad to get to the Kurds and they’re being siphoned off and they’re not getting what they need … I think any arms coming from us or coming from any European countries ought to go directly to the Kurds.”
During his 2010 Senate campaign Paul questioned the idea that U.S. Middle East policy is “killing more terrorists than it creates.” He supported the war in Afghanistan and opposed rapid withdrawal from Iraq. He says he would have voted against the invasion of Iraq and questioned whether the intelligence was manipulated.
Upon returning from a week-long trip to the Middle East, Paul asserted “it is none of our business whether Israel builds new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem or withdraws from the Golan Heights; the U.S. should not tell Israel how to defend itself.
Paul reiterated that the U.S. needs to reassess who it is giving financial and military assistance to. He said the U.S. should begin cutting aid to countries who are burning the U.S. flag and chanting ‘Death to America.’ Paul raised concerns on continuing to give weapons and financial aid to Egypt. The Senator said he was “very disappointed that after giving Egypt $60 billion in financial assistance over the past 30 years, Egyptian rioters climbed onto the roof of the U.S. Embassy, took down the U.S. flag and burned it. That should never have happened and is inexcusable.”
Paul also spoke against U.S. overseas military bases.
Paul has called for reducing or eliminating foreign aid to all countries. In 2011, Paul had proposed budget cuts of US$500 billion from the federal budget in part by cutting off foreign aid.
Paul stated that the portrayal in the media stating that, “Rand Paul wants to end aid to Israel” are “not true, inappropriate and inflammatory,” as they suggest he is somehow “targeting” the Jewish state.
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