The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attack has accentuated Ben Carson’s foreign-policy weakness.
“While he speaks eloquently and passionately about the importance of doing homework in his own life and for children everywhere, it’s not obvious he’s taken those lessons to heart when it comes to politics.”
In Miami, he was asked about the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot immigration policy for Cuban refugees. “You’re going to have to explain to me exactly what you mean by that,” he replied. In a GOP debate, he said that the Chinese were involved in the Syrian civil war, alongside the Russians and the Iranians. His campaign had to awkwardly walk back the claim.
The New York Times even found two of his advisers to state on the record that Carson was struggling to get up to speed on foreign policy.
These and other flubs aren’t necessarily disqualifying on their own. But after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, not to mention the de facto declaration of martial law in Brussels, Carson’s soft-spoken ad-libbing about foreign policy doesn’t play nearly as well. “I know a lot more than I knew,” Carson said when asked on PBS about his foreign-policy deficit. “A year from now, I will know a lot more than I know now.”
That kind of answer doesn’t cut it when Americans feel threatened. That’s why he’s been sliding in a number of polls since the Paris attacks.
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