My number one choice for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Michael Dale Huckabee, is taking some heat over some remarks about Pakistan…
Remarks on Pakistan Are Tailing Huckabee
M. D. Huckabee
In discussing the volatile situation in Pakistan, Mike Huckabee has made several erroneous or misleading statements at a time when he has been under increasing scrutiny from fellow presidential candidates for a lack of fluency in foreign policy issues.
Explaining statements he made suggesting that the instability in Pakistan should remind Americans to tighten security on the southern border of the United States, Mr. Huckabee said Friday that â€œwe have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities, except those immediately south of the border.â€
Asked to justify the statement, he later cited a March 2006 article in The Denver Post reporting that from 2002 to 2005, Pakistanis were the most numerous non-Latin Americans caught entering the United States illegally. According to The Post, 660 Pakistanis were detained in that period.
A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security, however, concluded that, over all, illegal immigrants from the Philippines, India, Korea, China and Vietnam were all far more numerous than those from Pakistan.
In a separate interview on Friday on MSNBC, Mr. Huckabee, a Republican, said that the Pakistani government â€œdoes not have enough control of those eastern borders near Afghanistan to be able go after the terrorists.â€ Those borders are on the western side of Pakistan, not the eastern side.
Further, he offered an Orlando crowd his â€œapologies for what has happened in Pakistan.â€ His aides said later that he meant to say â€œsympathies.â€
He also said he was worried about martial law â€œcontinuingâ€ in Pakistan, although Mr. Musharraf lifted the state of emergency on Dec. 15. Mr. Huckabee later said that he was referring to a renewal of full martial law and said that some elements, including restrictions on judges and the news media, had continued.
Lack of fluency in foreign policy issues? Give me (and Pastor Mike) a break, will you? Who says a presidential candidate needs experience in foreign policy issues? George W. Bush sure as heck didn’t have any (some would argue he still doesn’t) and he’s done a heck of a job. (Wouldn’t you agree?)
Come on, Republicans, don’t let all this little nit-picky stuff concern you. How many of the candidates, from either party, do you think know what countries border Pakistan, let alone on which sides? Did you know that Pakistan borders Iran and Afghanistan to the west, China to the north, India to the east and the Arabian Sea to the south?
Mike’s the man! Please, please, won’t you nominate him? For me?
Thanks a bunch.
(P.S. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.)