March 6, 2015

CAN HE GET DEGREE CREDIT?:

A crash course in foreign policy for Gov. Walker (Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, March 6, 2015, Washington Post)

The reason for Walker's crash course was urgent: He has not impressed many leading Republicans with his grasp of foreign affairs. He drew mockery from members of both parties last month for refusing to talk about foreign policy on a trip to London and then for comparing his experience battling labor protesters to taking on Islamic State terrorists.

In contrast to the compelling and confident way Walker talks about his Wisconsin record, he has been shaky on foreign policy. He has traveled only rarely overseas and showed little interest in world politics in college or as governor. Policy experts and donors who have met with him privately said he lacks depth of knowledge about the international scene and speaks mostly in generalities. At a Club for Growth meeting last weekend, one major donor publicly portrayed Walker as "not prepared" to talk about global issues.

"I can pretty well guarantee you that he is not a subscriber to Foreign Affairs," said Elliott Abrams, a prominent neoconservative who was among those briefing Walker at the Willard.

Still, several conservatives who have met with him said Walker has the right temperament and with time can gain more knowledge, comparing his foreign-policy outlook to President George W. Bush. Abrams said Bush viewed diplomacy "as a form of politics. I saw that same phenomenon in Walker."

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