Bobby Jindal Sees an Opening on Foreign Policy

By Klein, Philip | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, September 3, 2014 | Go to article overview

Bobby Jindal Sees an Opening on Foreign Policy


Klein, Philip, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is far behind early on in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, registering in the low single digits in most polls -- and even lagging behind potential Republican rivals in his home state, where he remains unpopular. But Jindal may just be seeing a potential opening on foreign policy.

One of the typical grounds of contention in presidential primaries is whether to choose a governor, who has executive experience but little background on foreign policy, or a Senator, who typically has more grounding in foreign policy but who doesn't have any executive experience.

Another dividing line in the upcoming election is where candidates stand on how much of a role the United States should be playing to try to influence world events. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., most notably, has staked out non-interventionist ground. But at least one recent poll has showed that as foreign policy crises mount, Republican voters are starting to move back to wanting more U.S. action abroad.

On Tuesday, Jindal released a statement blasting President Obama's weakness on foreign policy, following what has been presumed to be a second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS.

Jindal said:

The President said last week that his Administration currently has no strategy to deal with ISIS. There is no need to even comment on that, it speaks for itself.

I have no doubt about the President's sorrow over the two murders of American citizens by ISIS. I am certain that this grieves him deeply. And while grieving is important, it is no substitute for a strategy.

Let's speak very plainly and directly about this -- The Obama Administration does not have a strategy at all. It's not that we have a flawed foreign policy; we don't have a foreign policy. …

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