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Kasich’s Foreign Policy Recklessness on Display

John Kasich spoke [1] to the editorial board at The Washington Post and reminded everyone why he should never be president:

HOFFMAN: Well, isn’t there a risk if you provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainians that Putin then can essentially escalate you with more lethal weapons?

KASICH: No, I am for doing it, period, end of story [bold mine-DL]. I am giving them lethal defensive weapons if I’m president. I can get it through Congress. Yes. That is just the way it goes. I am not worried about him getting aggravated with us after he invaded the goddarned place, okay? No, I am not worried about that [bold mine-DL].

In other words, Kasich has given no thought to the possible negative consequences of the policy he endorses, and he doesn’t want to think about them. Kasich wants to arm Ukraine, and that’s all there is to it. Even if doing what he wants would lead to more conflict and more damage done to Ukraine, he’s not going to worry about it. Not only is Kasich oblivious to the risks involved in sending arms to one side in a conflict, but he is so determined to take sides in the conflict that when the danger is pointed out to him he dismisses it as irrelevant. That suggests that he isn’t making a careful or rational assessment of the potential costs and benefits of the policy, but is committed to meddling in a foreign conflict regardless of what might happen. Kasich has displayed his foreign policy recklessness before during the campaign, but this is one of the best examples we have of how careless and irresponsible Kasich can be on these issues.

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#1 Comment By Strummer On April 21, 2016 @ 12:14 am

I was moving in Kasich’s direction back in December, but he turned out to be really bad news, worse in some ways than Bush, if not Rubio. “Recklessness” hardly covers it. All Kasich has going for him is that folksy Americanness, but it’s phony, because in his head he’s as whacked out an interventionist as any other DC “foreign policy elite”.

It’s a damn good thing his candidacy is going nowhere. He’d get us into another unnecessary, bankrupting war in no time.

#2 Comment By Chris Chuba On April 21, 2016 @ 8:53 am

There is even a worse aspect to giving Ukraine lethal weapons. They have every intention of using them to kill Russian residents. Why do we want to get involved in that?

The current status of the Minsk agreement is this. Kiev is obligated to define what statehood within Ukraine means for the sliver of Donbas in eastern Ukraine. This could be something as robust as a Delaware or meager as Puerto Rico, it’s up to them. Once they do that, then Donbas elects their officials and the Ukranian military gets to occupy the region without having to fire a shot.

All of this nonsense about whether or not Russian troops are present is a complete and total distraction. Ukraine is obligated to do their part first. If they are not allowed to occupy the region then they can claim foul play.

As of now, the Ukranian govt is planning to murder their own citizens in eastern Ukraine. Kasich and his fellow travelers either out of malice or ignorance are complicit in this pending bloodshed. All of this is being done because of our need to poke our finger in Russia’s chest be the big man on campus. These politicians, Kasich, Fiorina, all of them except Donald Trump and Sanders, make me sick.

(am I making myself clear :-))

#3 Comment By Fran Macadam On April 21, 2016 @ 9:02 am

America’s establishment elites have hitched America’s future to empire, full stop.

#4 Comment By Burley Coulter On April 21, 2016 @ 10:14 am

For the life of me, I cannot understand why the media has not picked up on Kasich’s belligerent foreign policy posture. Is it honestly that Trump has simply sucked the air out of everything, making coverage of the others superfluous? This guy is a moron and a blowhard, and probably the most dangerous candidate running. Republicans have rightfully rejected his “aw shucks” phony Midwestern appeal.

#5 Comment By Ken T On April 21, 2016 @ 10:36 am

Oh, well. So much for Kasich being the “sane adult” in the room. Of course, some of us have been pointing this out all along, his recklessness has been one of the worst kept secrets in politics. But the media and certain segments of the right have insisted on ignoring it because he just sounds so gosh darn nice. You know, like Ted Bundy.

#6 Comment By DES On April 21, 2016 @ 10:46 am

The depth and sagacity of Kasich’s foreign policy thinking was on display for all to see during the GOP debate when he said the he would “punch Putin in the nose.” That was all we needed to hear

#7 Comment By Not With Stupid On April 21, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

The only thing to be said for Kasich on the “recklessness” front is that for all his big, dumb talk, he hasn’t actually done anything reckless yet. Unlike Hillary Clinton, for example.

Obama has done a number of reckless things, many of them at Clinton’s urging (Libya, Syria, Yemen, more Iraq). Kicking her out of his administration made it easier for him to be more cautious and prudent.

Despite the popularity of Trump’s nationalism (as opposed to interventionism), despite the many polls that show people are sick of the endless wars and their costs, despite the ignominious defeat of other openly interventionist candidates, ranging from political midgets like Graham and Pataki to the slightly more credible Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, Kasich still seems to imagine that voters are impressed by big-mouthed war-starters.

They aren’t. And that isn’t going to change. Not at the convention, not in November.

#8 Comment By fast_Jimmy On April 21, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

Ironically, it’s possible that Russia, being a generally more accountable and rational actor than the current U.S. would show a measure of restraint.

This is just a sake-inspired “I’m tough” position staked out by someone who couldn’t care less what the situation on the ground is. He doesn’t want to talk about it because he doesn’t seem to know much about the region or the ramifications of these actions as has been noted.

Helping to kill Russians in Russia’s back yard is something only wonks and peaceniks seem to worry about these days, right?

Kasich, Cruz, Clinton. All willing to kill at will, strategy be damned, probably the most succint and accurate description of U.S. foreign policy for the last 10 years.

#9 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On April 21, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

The blustery Trump is the most moderate in the race. For now, anyway.

#10 Comment By Myron Hudson On April 21, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

Darn. I had been thinking of him as the only grown up in the room but he just totally lost me with that.

#11 Comment By Simon94022 On April 21, 2016 @ 1:49 pm

Kasich is supposed to be the rational person’s alternative to the vulgar Trump and loathesome Cruz. What an embarrassment.

Does anyone know of a reasonable third party I can support in November?

#12 Comment By AZ Joe On April 23, 2016 @ 5:28 am

I voted for Kasich in my state’s primary with the hope that he was some semblance of a “grown-up.” Before GWB I always thought of the GOP as a party that wanted to avoid war by being well prepared for one. I voted for Bush in 2000 because he said he wanted a more humble foreign policy and had no interest in “nation building.” This party appears to have slowly died since then.

Trump says a lot of the right things along with the outrageous, nasty, juvenile, personal insults. Does this remotely sound like someone with an ounce of maturity? How can he be trusted?

And yet what is known of his opponents in both parties makes Trump look relatively good to noninterventionists, those who want restrictions on immigration, opponents of “free” trade agreements, and even pro-lifers compared to HRC.

We’ve entered a Dark Age of politics. When HRC beats Trump it will be business as usual for the GOP. Trump will be an aberration soon forgotten like Ross Perot. The 2020 nominee will have to pass every establishment litmus test. They will guarantee a Trump won’t ever happen again.

#13 Comment By Gregory On April 24, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

When Kasich faces Clinton after the establishment subverts Trump at the convention, we’ll have the pleasure of voting for more endless war. How cheerful.