Fiorina Can Best Handle Foreign Policy Challenges

Fiorina Can Best Handle Foreign Policy Challenges
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In 2006, two Marines I served with were killed in Iraq by sniper Muhammad Awwad Ahmad, who was subsequently captured by U.S. troops. In 2010, in their rush to abandon Iraq, the Obama administration turned Ahmad over to Iraqi authorities, knowing there was a high probability the Iraqis would set him free, which they did four months later.

This injustice was repeated countless times by the administration in its haste to vacate Iraq in order to meet its politically calculated timetable for withdrawal. Rather than bring justice to American killers, the Obama administration has a track record of allowing evil men with American blood on their hands to run free.

The threat posed by Islamic militants like Ahmad is growing. Last Friday, ISIS reminded Americans that it has declared war against the West and, once again, vowed to spill American blood. Violence in the Middle East has persisted, and our current administration has failed to respond. President Obama embarrassed himself by calling the Paris terrorist attacks a “setback” and in taking a stronger stance against Republicans than ISIS.

More than ever, the United States needs a commander-in-chief who will take up the mantle of leadership and set a clear course for our nation’s foreign policy. Carly Fiorina is the only candidate who comprehends the geopolitical context of the conflict and who maintains real relationships with world leaders. She is the only candidate I trust to negotiate in tough situations and take action on the global stage.

No other candidate formulates and communicates clear foreign policy prescriptions like Carly Fiorina. She laid out a detailed plan on how to combat ISIS six months ago:

I would do very specific things. First, instead of having a Camp David conference to talk our Arab allies into a bad deal with Iran, I would have had a Camp David conference to talk with our Arab allies about how we can support them to fight ISIS.

Let me give you very specific examples. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years; we still have not. The Jordanians have been asking us to provide them with bombs and materiel. We know King Abdullah of Jordan, I’ve known him for many years. He took the appropriate leadership steps when a Jordanian pilot was burned alive. He was here in this country asking us for bombs and materiel; we haven’t provided him with any of them. He’s now looking to China for that. The Egyptian president, a very brave and pious Muslim who has said there is a cancer in the heart of Islam, has asked us to share intelligence; we are not. The Turks have asked us to help them topple Bashar al-Assad; we are not. There are a whole set of things that we’ve been asked to do by our allies who know this is their fight, and we’re not doing any of them.

It’s no wonder that Carly has been a trusted authority on international affairs for the last decade. As CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she negotiated business proposals with foreign officials and world leaders, immersing herself in questions of diplomacy and global commerce. Her relationships with world leaders and her ability to think strategically were so impressive that then-CIA Director Michael Hayden requested Carly head the CIA’s newly formed External Advisory Board. She worked in the Pentagon, maintaining strong ties with international figures and helping develop national security policy.

Then, Carly again utilized her executive skill set and relationships in helping lead two of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations -- Opportunity International and Good360. Her involvement with these groups demonstrates Carly is not intimidated by complex issues like poverty and disenfranchisement. She finds solutions, takes action and gets results. Opportunity International, a micro-finance lender, transformed millions of lives in the developing world by giving out $9 billion via 30 million loans. Good360 distributed $8 billion in donated, excess goods from global corporations to nonprofit partners that know where to provide aid.

Some candidates have business experience and some foreign policy experience. Some are Beltway insiders. Others are not. But only Carly Fiorina has an outsider’s perspective coupled with real-world experience, grit and ability to rally our allies and provide for the security of our nation. She must be our next commander-in-chief.

Kieran Michael Lalor is a member of the New York State Assembly and a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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