Walker Pledges to Overturn Any Iran Deal

After saying that the most significant foreign policy decision in his lifetime was Reagan firing the air traffic controllers, Scott Walker is struggling to establish some foreign policy cred. This is not going to help. He says he’d strike down any deal with Iran on his first day in office.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Wednesday that if he’s elected president, on his first day in office he’d reject any deal the White House strikes with Iran over its nuclear program if it continues to allow the country to enrich uranium.

In an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, the host asked Walker whether he would “disown” any agreement between the U.S. and Iran that allows for uranium enrichment if he wins the presidency in 2016.

“Absolutely,” Walker said. “On Day 1.”

“The concept of a nuclear Iran is not only problematic for Iran, and certainly for Israel, but it opens the doors,” Walker continued. “I mean, the Saudis are next. You’re going to have plenty of others in the region … going to want to have a nuclear weapon if the Iranians have a nuclear weapon.”

So let’s say they reach an agreement soon and Walker wins in 2016. He comes into office in 2017 and he won’t look at the nature of the agreement (he has no idea what will be in it now), he won’t ask the CIA to assess whether the deal is working, he’ll just rescind it on day one. That’s pretty much the last kind of person I want in the White House, a guy who decides ahead of time what he’s going to do without any consideration of the facts.

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  • Alverant

    Reminds me of all those people who want to repeal the ACA without checking to see how well it’s working. Obama did it, ego it is bad.

  • John Pieret

    a guy who decides ahead of time what he’s going to do without any consideration of the facts

    But you know that facts have a decidedly liberal bent, so he’ll stay true to conservative cause and ignore them.

  • matty1

    Of course when politicians say they would do something ‘on day one’ the most that happens is they mention it in their first speech. Even if he means it government can be a slow machine especially dealing with something complex like a multi-national agreement and the idea that in one day a president could undo all of it is laughable.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Since Walker has such deep concerns about competitive nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, what does he propose to do about <a href="http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Israel/index.html"the one nation in that area already known to possess an arsenal of at least 100 atomic bombs?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Oops, apologies for the html fail in # 4 – just copy the part within the quote marks for the url.

  • eric

    In an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, the host asked Walker whether he would “disown” any agreement between the U.S. and Iran that allows for uranium enrichment if he wins the presidency in 2016.

    Note the bold – this makes it an utterly pointless softball question, given that the whole purpose of our current diplomatic effort is to stop enrichment. He’s basically asking Walker if he would appeal an agreement that allows something the entire western world (including Obama) is trying to prevent.

    Maybe next time they’ll ask Walker if he would appeal an agreement allowing China to use weaponized smallpox. That question would be just as useful.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed concludes:

    So let’s say they reach an agreement soon and Walker wins in 2016. He comes into office in 2017 and he won’t look at the nature of the agreement (he has no idea what will be in it now), he won’t ask the CIA to assess whether the deal is working, he’ll just rescind it on day one. That’s pretty much the last kind of person I want in the White House, a guy who decides ahead of time what he’s going to do without any consideration of the facts.

    Gov. Walker’s response works from two perspectives.

    From a voting base perspective, conservative Christians, he demonstrates fealty to the thinking required to remain fast that the Bible is true because the Bible is true, even if evidence contradicts the veracity of the Bible. That’s amplified with this same voting base because they know anything passed by a non-servile black person must be wrong.

    From the second perspective it works given Walker’s attempt to attract a financial base. Here this rhetoric serves him well with the war is good for business crowd and the neo-cons that provide those business sectors with their talking points.

    There are very few Republicans left at the national level that demonstrate significant consideration regarding the national interest.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, the best way to fight well thought out positions (or “Obama positions”) is to blunder around like a blindly, swatting madly at anything in range (or “Bush Doctrine”). Looking at the facts and thinking things through take too much time. Time that America’s Enemies will use against us. Everybody know that.

  • Doug Little

    Wait does this mean Walker has taken his spot in the clown car?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    I was in a little hurry earlier today and for some reason the title of this post came out “Wanker Pledges to Overturn Any Iran Deal.”

    Another conservative motto: “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up!”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Heaven forbid we remove any impetus for war and demagoguery.

  • Kevin Kehres

    I have already made my prediction that the Republican ticket will be Scott Walker and Mia Love.

  • theguy

    But how is Walker going to have time the rescind the deal on Day One if he’s also going to create a million fabillion googol Jobzorz on Day One?

    /sarcasm

  • raven

    I don’t see how Walker could get elected.

    He wrecked Wisconsin and his magic mojo supply side economics failed as usual. They are running huge deficits now and he is cutting education and services everywhere.

    Wisconsin ranks first for a shrinking middle class.

    Walker is a proven failure at about everything, not least being a normal intelligent human being.

    PS It’s a rhetorical question. He was elected three times as governor of Wisconsin. Wreckers seem to be very in these days.

  • raven

    Report: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class …

    host. madison.com › Cap Times › News

    4 days ago – Wisconsin ranks worst among the 50 states in terms of a shrinking … us the greatest contraction of the middle class in the country,” he said.

    1. One would think Wisconsin residents might get tired of getting poorer fast. They aren’t.

    2. Minnesota next door has a Democratic governor who raised taxes. They are near the top at recovering from the Bush Great Recession.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “I don’t see how Walker could get elected.”

    He says that government can’t do anything right, and then proves it. Who wouldn’t vote for such a Man of Action?

     

    “He wrecked Wisconsin and his magic mojo supply side economics failed as usual. They are running huge deficits now and he is cutting education and services everywhere.

    Wisconsin ranks first for a shrinking middle class.”

    Thanks Obama!

     

    “Walker is a proven failure at about everything, not least being a normal intelligent human being.”

    Hardly. He steps on groups I fear and hate, and he cut my taxes, so I’ll vote for him again and again for as many times as necessary to push back against Obama’s tyrannical cuts to the Wisconsin state programs that I and my family use! I mean, good gosh, have you seen what Common Core has done to my grandkids’ schools?

  • Who Cares

    @eric(#6):

    Iran will keep the capacity to enrich. That is not something they will give up. What they do give up is the planned facility to get it to weapon grade and the ability to enrich to 20% quickly.

    That said he just got Iran to root for him in the elections. That would be one heck of a propaganda victory for them and that is before the diplomatic backlash starts.

  • xuuths

    “… the most significant foreign policy decision in his lifetime was Reagan firing the air traffic controllers” — could anyone please explain how this was foreign policy?

  • scienceavenger

    @18 Because the whole issue is foreign to Walker?

  • StevoR

    Walker Pledges to Overturn Any Iran Deal

    So, if Iran had a deal where it gave the USA a million dollars a day, gave up all hope of developing nukes evah and totally demilitarised itself including scrapping Hezbollah and Hamas in exchange for the US giving it a gentle slap across the face first and then full diplomatic recognition and peace then Walker would veto that deal yeah? Even if the hypothetical deal included giving Walker a billion dollar commission, funding his election campaign and giving him all the oil he could drink?

  • StevoR

    He did say *any* deal?

    Even Iran giving the USA all its treasure and oil for a dime and then letting Walker personally publically set the Atyatolllah’s beard on fire .. He’d veto that?

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker

    It is an even stupider statement than it appears.

    Supreme Leader Khamenei has prostate cancer and has about two years to live. So it is very likely that Iran will be going through a constitutional crisis round about the next US Presidential inaugural.

    Khamenei is the last of the original leaders of the revolutionary generation alive who could plausibly claim the Supreme Leader post. Rafsanjani has been re-upping his proposal made when Khomeini died to replace the Supreme Leader with a council of six.

    So Walker is in effect committing to a move that seems designed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    I am getting very fed up of the Republican effort to turn Israel into a partisan issue. It is doing nothing for the security of Israel but it is exactly what the BDS movement want.

  • raven

    I am getting very fed up of the Republican effort to turn Israel into a partisan issue. It is doing nothing for the security of Israel but it is exactly what the BDS movement want.

    You have a point.

    But there are groups in Israel that are doing that as well. The Israeli ambassador to the USA is an American and a Republican campaign and strategy worker. No accident, of course.

    They have their own version of the GOP and they run the country right now.

    From what I’ve read, Israel isn’t a very fun place any more. They are split between their fundies, the ultra-orthodox and Arabic Jews, and their secular Europeans who founded the state. The progressives are now in deep despair and thinking that there isn’t any place left for them in Israel. It’s devolving to what it was in the bible, a primitive tribal theocracy with a lot of nuclear weapons.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ raven : They had nuclear weapons in the Bible?

    From I gather (possibly mistakenly), there may be a case for nukes in the Bhagavad Gita but the Bible not so much!

  • StevoR

    @25. raven : “, Israel isn’t a very fun place any more. “

    Yet given there are six million or so folks there I sure some Israelis are having fun and doing good and worthwhile human individuals over there.