Even before a Republican nominee has been announced for the 2016 presidential election, looming questions over previous foreign policy issues are beginning to resurface in the debates. Unless the Republicans find a way to repair the damage done and make it that clear changes are in order, they can expect the Democratic nominee to easily walk right into the White House. The following is a list of foreign policy mistakes Republicans have made that cannot be repeated as we approach the 2016 elections.
1.Allowing Iran to Have Nukes
The debacle of the handling of the nuclear weapons issue with Iran continues to be a sore subject with the Republican party. Dating back to the second Bush in the White House, their firm stance on not negotiating with the enemy eliminated any chance of bargaining to a resolution. Even at times Iran was holding just a handful of nuclear components, the Bush administration put a stop to any talks that could have resulted in an agreement to halt any and all production. Today, the situation is out of hand, as Iran continues forward with their plans. The only way to stop Iran today is with an all-out war, something the Republicans have no issue getting involved in if necessary. Jeb Bush has stated on numerous occasions that he will make it his first order of business to send troops if needed. The public perception appears to be that rather than negotiate, Republicans will fight a war and make more enemies. Unless the next President can step in and peacefully negotiate foreign policy to stop Iran, an inevitable war will result.
2.Cutting Back on Military Presence
Comparing back to President Reagan’s last term in office, today we have half of the army that we did back then. Foreign policy and budget cuts since then have depleted our military strength and left us susceptible to attacks. Terrible defense spending policies have weakened a once-powerful nation to the point that we cannot fight all the battles around the world anymore. When it comes to foreign policy, the Republicans continue to cut back on naval and air forces, but spend money in other areas of government. Our military is at historically low numbers today, and making the mistake of cutting them any further to reduce the budget deficit will come with a price.