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Chris Christie on Foreign Policy

 


America should be clear to world about what we stand for

Christie took pains to explain that it was "irresponsible" for him, a mere governor without access to top-secret briefings, to criticize Mr. Obama's approach to foreign policy (earning warm applause in the process).

Moments later, he seemed to disregard his own mantra, saying: "I do detect some confusion in the world about who we are and what we stand for. That needs to be clear."

Source: NY Times on "NY Region", 2016 presidential hopefuls , Feb 12, 2014

New isolationism, & reducing anti-terrorism, is dangerous

The increasing popularity of libertarian figures like Senator Rand Paul seemed to indicate that the Republican Party was abandoning its long stance as the political bulwark of a strong America in favor of a new isolationism.

But yesterday , speaking at the Aspen Institute, NJ Governor Chris Christie denounced the effort to pull back on anti-terror measures as "dangerous" and warned that those--like Paul--who are attempting to craft an American retreat from the world are playing with fire. In speaking in this manner, Christie put himself on record as endorsing the policies of President George W. Bush that have been largely continued by President Obama as necessary, and served notice that Paul will be strongly opposed by Republicans who don't want their party to be hijacked by isolationists. In doing so, Christie not only indicated that he is prepared to run in part on foreign policy issues but may embolden other possible candidates with similar views to his on this question.

Source: Jonathan S. Tobin in Commentary Magazine , Jul 26, 2013

Remain vigilant but stay connected to rest of the world

We can't pull up the drawbridge that connects America to the rest of the world. That simply doesn't work. And as we learned to our horror a decade ago, we as a country and a people are vulnerable to terrorists armed with box cutters, bombs, and viruses, be they computer generated or man-made.

Out of the rubble and the ruins, and out of the destruction, we were reminded that evil men guided by an evil ideology can do great harm to us; that no nation, no state, and no city is beyond their reach. And so we need to remain vigilant together and be prepared to act together with our friends and allies to discourage, deter and defend against aggressors all across the world against our nation and Israel.

Source: Speech at 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference , Feb 10, 2012

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