Watch: Carly Fiorina’s Full Speech at the Reagan Center

Carly Fiorina delivered an important, hard hitting foreign policy speech Monday evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, calling on the United States to maintain its military supremacy, reject the Iran nuclear deal currently being debated, and “push back against rising Chinese aggression.”

As Sarah Rumpf at Breitbart News reported yesterday, Fiorina has more experience in foreign policy than perhaps most people realize:

Fiorina spent several years as a national security adviser, assisting in the efforts to reform how America’s intelligence community communicated after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, serving on the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board and two years chairing the Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Board.

Her speech Monday is designed to lay out the foreign policy platform she would pursue as President. According to Fiorina’s prepared remarks, the word is “in dire need of American leadership… more tragic and dangerous place when America is not leading.” She decries President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for “always speaking in terms of ambivalence and shades of gray, offering false choices and raising the shadow of doubt about our will to lead.”

Her is the full speech:

Carly Fiorina will be taking part of a candidates forum on August 3 in New Hampshire that will include all of the candidates but Donald Trump, who bowed out following a sarcastic NH Union Leader editorial that mocked him for questioning John McCain’s war hero status.

The Fox News debate scheduled for August 6 in Cleveland, OH, will include 10 candidates who will qualify based on national polls.

The top 8 candidates according to RealClearPolitics’ compilation of six current national polls are Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul.

Seven candidates, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, and Lindsey Graham, who are neck in neck in the polls, are vying for those two remaining spots.

LIVE: Donald Trump’s #StandWithTrumpAZ Phoenix Event on Illegal Immigration

Via the Washington Post:

Ignoring a plea from the Republican Party chairman to tone down his rhetoric, Trump plans to rally more than 9,000 supporters here in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who built a national profile with his aggressive efforts to hunt down and deport undocumented immigrants in the Phoenix area, will join him on stage.

In remarks at the downtown Phoenix Convention Center, Trump plans to renew his vow to build an impenetrable wall across the U.S.-Mexico border and to attack by name several Republican presidential candidates as weak on immigration, according to people with knowledge of Trump’s plans

Starts at 3:30:

I added the full video from Trump’s press conference with the parents of victims murdered by illegals to my Saturday Movie Matinee. It’s worth watching.

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Via WHD: Trump Tops White House Dossier Poll

Trump’s victory no doubt reflects the massive publicity he has received since announcing his candidacy nearly a month ago. But it also likely indicates strong satisfaction with his straight-shooting style and his willingness to talk bluntly about illegal immigration, a subject other Republican candidates have tiptoed around.

Rubio Takes A Shot At Hillary With New Ad Mocking Her Dopey “Yesterday” Riff

I didn’t bother to watch Hillary’s second (or is it third) campaign launch in New York City, Saturday,  but I heard it was a major snooze-fest.
Clinton’s speechwriter apparently thought it would be helpful if he had his elderly boss – a longtime fixture in the party of bad ideas that don’t work – attack Republicans as the party of “Yesterday.”
“There may be some new voices in the Republican choir,” she said of the GOP’s 2016 field. “But they’re all singing the same old song – A song called ‘Yesterday.’ ”
 “You know the one – ‘All our troubles are here to stay, and we need a place to hide away,’ ” Hillary Clinton quipped. “They believe in yesterday.”
What a dumb line of attack. It rings false because it is false. It’s the sort of thing vacuous simps applaud because they want to think of themselves as members the cool and happening “party of today.” Even though they support the failed party of Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Philly etc.
Really Marco Rubio doesn’t even have to even open his mouth to refute that nonsense. All has to do is stand there next to a cardboard cutout of Grandma Clinton and let the American people decide who looks like “yesterday’s” candidate. But the funny thing is – he already refuted it explicitly in his presidential announcement, last April.
This is much gentler than Carly Fiorina’s ferocious broadsides. But he gets his point across.

Video: Carly Fiorina Shines on Fox News’ Special Report

…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:

Carly Fiorina’s New Ad Is Devastating

There’s a lot of buzz going on about this brutal new Carly Fiorina ad that was released yesterday. Fiorina has been extremely impressive on the stump and in interviews since the start of the year. She came out swinging at the Iowa Freedom Summit back in January, giving one of the best speeches. Now she has a new political ad out that just savages Hillary Clinton.

Via Allahpundit at Hot Air:

It’s three minutes long, which is about six times longer than an effective ad should be, but the length works here to underscore the point. Those long seconds of silence when someone’s asked to name a Clinton accomplishment feel even longer when you watch a string of people struggling with the question. It’s excruciating.

This is how it’s done, folks:

Damn, girl. That is going to leave a mark!

If this ad doesn’t earn Carly Fiorina the VP slot on the 2016 GOP ticket, there is no justice.

In fact – I haven’t decided yet who I’m voting for in my state’s Primary – but if Carly keeps it up, she may just get my vote,

After 6+ Years, W Finally Unloads on Obama

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It’s interesting that he would come out now to criticize Obama. One wonders what finally set him off, or if this is political posturing for his brother.

Via Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:

 In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

After reportedly expressing his distaste for re-entering the political fray, Bush started blasting Obama on Iran:

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

Bush went on to call the rise of ISIS, al Qaeda’s “second act” and chided Obama for not coming up with an effective strategy to deal with them.

He also hit Obama’s sore spot – his complete lack of credibility at home and abroad.

“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

Read the whole thing at Bloomberg. Josh Rogin doesn’t resist the temptation to throw in a little gratuitous dig at President Bush at the end, but other than that, it is a good piece.

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Via Instapundit; 

ON TWITTER, A BUNCH OF LEFTIES ARE BLAMING BUSH FOR DESTABILIZING THE MIDDLE EAST, WHICH PROBABLY MEANS BATTLESPACE PREP FOR STILL MORE TERRIBLE NEWS.

It also means they read Josh Rogin’s article and are howling in fury. Hahahahahaha. Good.

But, but, but Bushhh….(essentially Rogin’s weak, closing dig.)

So remember, as late as 2010, the Obama Administration was bragging about how stable and successful Iraq was. And, of course, when Bush left office Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt were all stable. But they’ll blame Bush as long as they can get away with it, because it’s better than admitting that Obama has been an absolute disaster in foreign policy.

But, you know, the problem for them is that Obama has been an absolute disaster in foreign policy.

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Video: Sen. Rand Paul Officially Announces 2016 Presidential Bid (Full Speech)

ICYMI, here is Rand Paul’s official announcement that he is running for president – (which I think everyone already knew.)

The speech itself is getting mixed reviews with some folks saying that he “gave a great speech” – and others saying that he got merely a single “when he could have had extra bases or a home run.”

I think it was necessary for Paul to separate himself from the radical isolationism of his father – which he did in this portion of the speech:

In my Vision for America, Freedom and prosperity at home can only be achieved if we defend against enemies who are dead-set on attacking America.
The enemy is Radical Islam and not only will I name the enemy, I will do what ever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind!
We need a National Defense robust enough to defend against all attack, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interests.
But we also need a foreign policy that protects American interests and encourages stability — not chaos!
I envision an America with a National Defense unparalleled, undefeatable, and unencumbered by overseas nation building!
I envision a National Defense that promotes, as Reagan put it, ‘Peace through Strength.’
I believe in applying Ronald Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue.
Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.
We brought Iran to the table from strength, through sanctions I voted for.
Now we must stay strong. That’s why I co-sponsored legislation that insures that any deal between the US and Iran must be approved by Congress.
Not only is that good policy, it is the law.
I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures. I will insist that any final version be brought before Congress.
The difference between President Obama and myself-he seems to think you can negotiate from a position of weakness.