Republican Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman outlined his foreign policy ideas in a speech today at Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Huntsman wants to pull back from Afghanistan, but he’s ready to get a lot more involved in Iran.
“Afghanistan was once the center of the terrorist threat to America. That is no longer the case. … Our nation has done its duty. After 6,000 lives lost and more than $1 trillion spent, it is time to bring our brave troops home.” Mr. Huntsman said.
Mr. Huntsman may be ready to begin the process of war in Afghanistan, but he seems to be spoiling for a fight in Iran. In his New Hampshire speech, Mr. Hunstman expressed his willingness to make a pre-emptive strike if Iran obtained nuclear weapons.
“I cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran. If you want an example of when I would use American force, it would be that,” Mr. Huntsman said.
Mr. Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has made foreign policy experience a cornerstone of his campaign. From 2009 until the end of April, he served as President Obama’s ambassador to China. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore during the administration of President George Bush. In a new campaign ad released today entitled “Foreign Policy Experience Matters,” Mr. Hunstman touted his experiences abroad, fluency in Mandarin and the daughters he adopted from China and India as evidence of his White House qualifications.
“I think it’s gonna be very, very important to have somebody who understands the complex and confusing nature of our world, because it isn’t getting any easier and to have someone who’s actually been in the world and understands something of it and knows America’s role in it, those three elements I think altogether are gonna be very important in the next leader,” Mr. Hunstman said in the ad.