Scott Walker: I can defeat ISIS because I defeated 100,000 union protesters

Wisconsin governor shows — yet again — that he's not ready for prime time

Published February 26, 2015 10:42PM (EST)

Scott Walker                                        (AP/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Scott Walker (AP/Kamil Krzaczynski)

A few weeks ago, ABC News' Martha Raddatz asked likely GOP presidential contender Scott Walker how he'd deal with the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. It did not go well. The Wisconsin governor mumbled something about the need for an "aggressive strategy," which prompted Raddatz to ask what, specifically, that would entail. Walker then suggested "other surgical methods" beyond the airstrikes currently carried out by a U.S.-led coalition, and even floated a ground war in Syria, although he added that he didn't consider that option "an immediate plan."

Walker had the chance to clarify his position today, as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But he only further betrayed his utter cluelessness on foreign policy.

“For years I’ve been concerned about that threat,” Walker said. “I want a commander-in-chief who will do anything in their power to ensure that the threat of radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil.”

Referring to the massive protests that greeted his signature 2011 law targeting public employee unions, Walker then boasted, "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe."

There you have it. Strip ISIS of collective bargaining rights, and the militant group will disband. Who knew?

By Luke Brinker

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