SITREP | 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates on U.S. Foreign Policy

SITREP | 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates on U.S. Foreign Policy

By Imre Bártfai
Global Security Analyst - EU & North America, IndraStra Global

SITREP | 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates on U.S. Foreign Policy

A comprehensive analysis of stand taken by Republican/GOP 2016 Presidential candidates on U.S. Foreign Policy.

John Kasich on U.S. Foreign Policy:

ISIS
  • Complex, collaborative strategy involving mutual defense action by NATO—as well as regional allies—--intensifying international intelligence cooperation.
  • Increasing the necessary support to the highly-effective Kurdish military.
  • Creating safe havens and no-fly zones, combating human trafficking in refugees, a NATO & regional coalition with ground troops.
  • Fighting the "war of ideas" to discredit ISIS.
  • Kasich calls for $102 billion in increased defense spending and $5.3 trillion for overall defense altogether.
Russia
  • Working together with European allies to strengthen new NATO member states on the front lines with Russia, such as Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
  • Repositioning existing U.S. forces onto their eastern borders supported by a new, strong integrated air defense system.
  • Jointly committing to higher defense spending targets.
  • Training and arming Ukrainian forces with the weapons they have requested and which Congress has approved.
Iran
  • Has opposed nuclear deal with Iran but it shouldn't be terminated now.
  • Economic pressure should force Iran to keep the terms of the nuclear deal.
China
  • U.S. must work with regional allies to significantly increase military presence in region and ensure freedom of navigation for the $5.3 trillion in annual trade that passes through the Western Pacific.
  • U.S. must help Japan defend its territorial waters with advanced seabed acoustic sensors, anti-ship missiles and other defensive equipment.
  • U.S. must also forward deploy its Pacific combat commander to Guam and station additional Air Force and Marines Corps units in the Western Pacific where they can conduct regular joint regional amphibious landing exercises.

Donald Trump on U.S. Foreign Policy 

ISIS
  • ISIS must be wiped out quickly.
  • Trump presented various radical ideas: bombing ISIS mercilessly, punishing the families of the terrorists, or forbidding Muslims from entering the U.S.
  • ISIS's oil trade system should be dismantled. 
  • Trump has left it unclear whether American grounds troops should be utilized in the near future.
  • Russia should fight ISIS in Syria at will, since the rebels might be even more dangerous.
Russia
  • Less U.S. involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, US should not lead the geopolitical push-back campaign on Russia. Germany should protect Ukraine.
  • NATO costs too much for America. 
Iran
  • “Iran's nuclear program must be stopped–by any and all means necessary”.
  • Trump thinks Iran is a sponsor of international terrorism and responsible for problem in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
  • Nuclear deal with Iran must be dismantled.
China
  • Bring China to the bargaining table by immediately declaring the former as a currency manipulator.
  • Protect American ingenuity and investment by forcing China to uphold intellectual property laws and stop their unfair and unlawful practice of forcing U.S. companies to share proprietary technology with Chinese competitors as a condition of entry to China’s market.
  • Reclaim millions of American jobs and reviving American manufacturing by putting an end to China’s illegal export subsidies and lax labor and environmental standards. No more sweatshops or pollution havens stealing jobs from American workers.
  • Strengthen US negotiating position by lowering corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against America, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism.

Ted Cruz on U.S. Foreign Policy:

ISIS
  • Deploy carpet bombing instead of ineffective precision air attacks on ISIS strongholds.
  • Need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.
  • The Kurdish Peshmerga should be armed further.
  • Executing a coherent campaign to destroy ISIS.
  • The enemy should be by its name – radical Islamic terrorism
  • Securing the border. Border security is national security.
  • No U.S. involvement is necessary in Syrian civil war.
Russia
  • U.S. should have a tougher stand against Russia in Eastern Europe.
  • U.S. should provide defensive weaponry and arms to Ukraine.
  • Install anti-ballistic missile batteries in Eastern Europe especially in Poland and Czech Republic.
Iran
  • Under no circumstance should a U.S. President lift sanctions and grant nuclear capability to Iran. Cruz would use military action against Iran to stop them from acquiring nuclear weapons.
  • “America will stand unapologetically with the nation of Israel.”
China
  • U.S. should confront China on human rights issues much stronger.
  • Opposes Trump’s idea about China trade tariffs.
  • Cruz would eliminate business tax on goods produced for export.
About The Author:

Imre Bártfai (TR RID: N-9214-2015) is from Hungary and he is finishing his PhD. in philosophy. He works in the field of Information Technology

References:
  • https://www.johnkasich.com/nationalsecurity/
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kasich-suggests-he-wouldnt-cancel-iran-deal-would-send-troops-to-fight-isis_us_55b4d696e4b0074ba5a4d17e
  • http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/17/kasich-lifting-iran-sanctions-will-lead-to-trouble-in-middle-east.html
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/kasich-iran-deal-youre-going-rip-it-then-what-n423721
  • https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/us-china-trade-reform
  • http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-03-15/trump-s-long-romance-with-russia
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-u-s-shouldnt-lead-pushback-on-russia-over-ukraine/
  • http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/03/22/Trump-Does-U-Turn-How-He-d-Fight-ISIS
  • http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/260236-trump-on-isis-us-needs-to-knock-them-out-hard
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-isis-brussels-attack-2016-3
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-plan-for-isis-syria-and-russia-2015-10
  • http://www.inquisitr.com/2765295/donald-trump-explains-his-plan-to-beat-the-sh-t-out-of-isis-when-he-becomes-president/
  • http://deadline.com/2015/06/donald-trump-isis-bill-oreilly-jeb-bush-hillary-clinton-video-1201445840/
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-isis-propaganda_us_56f17f98e4b03a640a6bdf3e
  • http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donald_Trump_Foreign_Policy.htm
  • https://www.rt.com/usa/336506-trump-dismantle-disastrous-iran-deal/
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/11/politics/donald-trump-30000-troops-isis/
  • https://www.tedcruz.org/issues/defend-our-nation/
  • http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/03/10/ted_cruz_donald_trump_is_right_about_trade_but_china_bad_is_not_a_solution.html
  • http://www.cfr.org/campaign2016/#/ted-cruz/on-china
  • https://ballotpedia.org/Ted_Cruz_presidential_campaign,_2016/Foreign_affairs
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2016/03/21/ted-cruz-moving-in-the-right-direction-on-foreign-policy/
  • http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Ted_Cruz_War_+_Peace.htm
  • http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/01/ted_cruzs_plan_to_bring_jobs_back_from_china_better_than_trumps.html
  • http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2451
  • https://ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_the_Iran_nuclear_deal
  • http://www.cfr.org/campaign2016/#/ted-cruz/on-iran
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