Mike Huckabee’s article in Foreign Affairs, “America’s prioties in the war on terror: Islamists, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan” is striking for two things. The first is that the rhetoric is particularly harsh on Bush’s past actions while not disagreeing with his present policies. The second is that it contains little that can be either strongly agreed with or strongly agreed next.
Therefore, Huckabee’s article achieved its purpose.
Huckabee needed to demonstrate that he is not incompetent on foreign policy. That is, that he can toe the Republican line without attracting typical attacks against Republicans, and that he won’t make actually foolish policy prescriptions. By reading like a consensus documented drafted by the Senate Republican conference, Huckabee does exactly that.
At this point, Governor Huckabee’s main use for the party is as a Vice Presidential pick by Mayor Giuliani. Rudy’s weakness on abortion is a killer (potentially both for him and the unborn). Picking Mike would signal that Rudy would hold the party line on abortion, but first Huckabee must demonstrate that he isn’t incompetent on foreign policy.
Mike does exactly that.