…And Carly Fiorina continues to impress.
She was a guest on Fox News’ Special Report where she expertly handled every question they threw at her. Fiorina isn’t just conversant on topics from ObamaCare to the Middle East policy – she’s fluent.
Carly has the rare ability to answer tough questions without missing a beat – and she speaks quickly – but not like Democrat guests often do when they just want to stupefy the listener with a lot of dumb liberal cliches and meaningless phrases. Her well-thought out answers are jam packed with substance and command of the subject matter. Carly comes to interviews prepared.
She handled questions about her qualifications and economic policy with the aplomb of someone who has already been tested along those lines many times. (She has.)
In answer to George Will’s question on Iran, Fiorina showed that she is also a heavyweight on foreign policy.
“I would make two phone calls day one in the Oval Office,” she said. “The first would be to Bibi Netanyahu. The second would be to the supreme leader of Iran. And while he might not take my phone call – he would get the message – and the message would be, ‘until and unless you are prepared to open every nuclear facility, every uranium enrichment facility to full, unfettered, anytime, any way inspections, we will exact the most punishing financial sanctions we can.'”
She continued, “I would also take the recommendations of General James Mattis when he was commanding in the Middle East. He gave a whole set of recommendations to the White House on how to push back against Iran’s proxies – we haven’t done any of them. We haven’t executed a single one of those recommendations.”
[Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command at the beginning of his second term – January of 2013 – reportedly without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.
“I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him — he hadn’t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House,” Thomas E. Ricks reports.
In another post, Ricks says Mattis was fired because:
Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, “And then what?”
So the fact that Mattis was competent, had definite ideas about how to handle Iran, wanted to be prepared for any and every contingency – made him persona non grata in Obama’s FUBAR Regime.]
In the last part of the interview Carly was asked about her political strategy. She doesn’t see her lack of political experience as a handicap because so many Americans now think we have a “professional political class more focused on power and privilege than doing the people’as work.”
“That is why people are paying attention,” she added, “because I don’t come from the political class – but I am a citizen with experience that’s relevant.”
You go Carly: