Ahead of his giving a major foreign policy address in New Hampshire today, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman released the following web ad.
Huntsman will draw contrasts between himself and the rest of the G.O.P. presidential field by making the case that his representation of the United States as Ambassador to China and Singapore and once as Deputy United States Trade Representative, give him the type of foreign affairs experience and knowledge that few others running for President in 2012, including President Obama, have. His case is a good one. However few seem to be concerned with that experience and even fewer seem to think Huntsman’s experience will equate to superior handling of foreign affairs as Commander-in-Chief.
But for Huntsman, foreign affairs is probably his greatest weapon in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. His knowledge of China is unsurpassed and at a time when the greatest to threat to America’s economic survival and strength as a superpower comes from China, such knowhow should be quite valuable. Yet Huntsman has not been able to get voters to draw that connection. Nor has he seemed to try to do so with any great intensity.
In his remarks today, Huntsman is instead going to try to appeal to Republicans by tapping into the weariness of the War in Afghanistan, the longest war in our nation’s history. In excerpts released in advance of his speech, the former Utah Governor will call for a pull back from the war in Afghanistan and the need to “right-size our current foreign entanglements.” But while trying to sound dove-like on Afghanistan, Huntsman will be quite hawk-like concerning Iran when he states;
“I cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran. If you want an example of when I would use American force, it would be that,” Huntsman will say in his remarks today.
The speech also includes an uncharacteristically hawkish note from Huntsman, who says he would be willing to use U.S. military tools to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The bulk of the Huntsman foreign affairs and defense speech will outline a path to a policy that is designed to utilize “more agility, more intelligence, and more economic engagement” in U.S. foreign policy, rather than “simply advocating more ships, more troops, and more weapons.” That last part is a swipe at Mitt Romney who last week, set foreign affairs up to be the main topic in the Republican over the next few days, when he delivered his own foreign policy speech. Tomorrow, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to deliver his own major remarks on the issue.
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