Scott Walker, Super Hawk
Well, Scott Walker is willing to send troops to Iraq and Syria, or any other place in the world really. Like what’s the big deal, eh?
In an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Walker, buoyed by his performance in the latest DMR poll, adopted a hawkish position on ISIS that even many of the GOP’s stalwart interventionists are hesitant to adopt: A willingness to use American combat troops to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Walker, who leads a poll of likely caucus-goers in Iowa one year out, faced a barrage of questions on foreign policy from ABC News’ Martha Raddatz during an in-studio interview Sunday on “This Week.”
Raddatz: “Let’s not go back. Let’s go forward. What’s your big, bold idea in Syria?”
Walker: “I think aggressively we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world. Because it’s not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil — or not if, I should say, it’s when. And we need leadership that says clearly not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we’re willing to take appropriate action. I think it should be surgical —”
Raddatz: “You don’t think 2,000 air strikes is taking it to ISIS in Syria and Iraq?”
Walker: “I think we need to have an aggressive strategy anywhere around the world. I think it’s a mistake to go down a path —”
Raddatz: “But what does that mean? I don’t know what ‘aggressive strategy’ means. If we’re bombing and we’ve done 2,000 air strikes, what does an aggressive strategy mean in foreign policy.”
Walker: “I think anywhere and everywhere we need to go beyond just aggressive air strikes. We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that’s what it takes because I think —”
Raddatz: “Boots on the ground in Syria? U.S. boots on the ground in Syria?”
Walker: “I don’t think that’s an immediate plan, but I think anywhere in the world —”
Raddatz: “But you wouldn’t rule that out?”
Walker: “I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom-loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don’t allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores.
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