Scott Walker has said that he would terminate the recently completed agreement with Iran on his first day in office, a promise sure to fire up the ignorant voters he must appeal to. Jeb Bush said the other day that this is not a good idea, that he should at least wait to have people in place to evaluate the situation:
“One thing that I won’t do is just say, as a candidate, ‘I’m going to tear up the agreement on the first day,’” Bush said in Nevada on Thursday. First, said Bush, he needs to have his team in place. “That’s great, that sounds great but maybe you ought to check in with your allies first, maybe you ought to appoint a secretary of state, maybe secretary of defense, you might want to have your team in place, before you take an act like that.”
A perfectly reasonable, even thoughtful, position. Naturally, Walker tried to change the subject to avoid engaging the argument:
“He may have his opinion. I believe that a president shouldn’t wait to act until they put a cabinet together or an extended period of time, I believe they should be prepared to act on the very first day they take office,” he said. “It’s very possible, God forbid that this would happen, but very possible, that the next president could be called to take aggressive actions, including military actions, on their very first day in office.”
Yes, that’s certainly possible, but it has nothing to do with this situation. There is no rational reason why it would be important to cancel that agreement on the very first day, as opposed to some weeks later when you’ve had time to evaluate whether it’s working or not. A thoughtful, reasonable person would want to consult with our intelligence agencies, with the International Atomic Energy Agency and others to determine whether there is any evidence that Iran has violated the agreement or whether the goal of preventing them from building nuclear weapons has actually worked. A simpleton trying to appeal to simpletons predetermines their course of action without regard to the facts. This tells us nothing at all about Walker that we didn’t already know.
Bush is trying to appeal here to the grownups in the Republican party. I don’t know if that’s good political strategy, but it’s much more intelligent.