Santorum gives passionate foreign policy speech to Republican Jewish Coalition

Rick Santorum showed the RJC crowd why they've always liked him, demonstrating his mastery of foreign policy and the Middle East in the process.

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Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, shown here addressing CPAC 2015, announced his 2016 Presidential candidacy this week. (Photo: Gage Skidmore, via Wikipedia)

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2015 — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is seen by many voters as a social conservative. His friends at the Republican Jewish Coalition, whom he has addressed many times, know him as a leader on foreign policy issues. His expertise on Iran is as solid as it gets.

Santorum was introduced to the RJC 2015 Presidential Candidates Forum by RJC member Alan Miller.

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He wasted no time getting down to the serious business of leadership, focusing almost exclusively on foreign policy. “Commander in chief is not an entry-level position.”


We are at the beginning of World War III, he declared. ISIS gave him a back-handed compliment for his stance on this; the ISIS magazine declared him an enemy. 

“They know who I am and I know who they are. I have been fighting radical Islam before it was fashionable to fight radical Islam.” He observed, “I authored the Syrian Accountability Act.” Colin Powell said this act was the primary reason Syria exited Lebanon.

He also authored the “Iran Freedom and Support Act.”

Santorum cited “apocalyptic Islam” and pointed out that Hillary Clinton voted against tough sanctions on Iran. He said that if he is elected, the Iran agreement will immediately be “null and void.” Iran will open up everything to inspection, or he will take all military measures necessary to stop Iran’s nuclear program. This would not be starting a war; it would be stopping one.

Santorum lambasted President Obama for using the term “ISIL” rather than “ISIS,” and noted the “IS” stands for Islamic State. He got a dig in at former President Bill Clinton by saying Obama was not the first president not to understand what IS is.

Santorum attacked the notion of “containment” as insufficient. He said that if our enemies want a seventh-century caliphate, we will respond by “loading up our bombers and bombing them back to the seventh century.”

He declared that a candidate’s foreign policy experience must be more than a “briefing book,” then turned to Syria and the refugee crisis.

“I have taken the position that we should admit no Syrian refugees.” America has taken in 70 percent of the world’s refugees over the last seven years. We have nothing to apologize for. The rest of the world has to do its part. Taking in refugees helps ISIS since their goal is to drive these people out anyway.

“The reason we have a refugee crisis is because we have not been protecting civilians. … The president makes you feel bad about not taking in refugees but he’s the one who created the refugee problem.” 

Santorum spoke briefly about domestic issues to remind the audience that he has been a leader on those issues as well. He authored an act on Health Savings Accounts and has led on PEPFAR, the global AIDS bill. He also led on the 1996 Welfare Reform law. He also been at the forefront on social and cultural issues as well as national security issues.

“You don’t make every crusade about you,” he said. Ultra-liberal California Sen. Barbara Boxer backed him on the Syrian bill and the Iranian bill despite fighting with him tooth and nail on abortion.

Asked how he could rally a war-weary American public, Santorum said it starts with “telling the American public the truth.” Our leaders are not being honest with us about the nature of the enemy.

“They want to know. They want to learn. They will follow authenticity. … This president is not going to do anything to stop these attacks. He’s not. He’s proven himself incapable of dealing with the reality.”

He went on, “It’s not because we support the state of Israel. it’s because we stand for values that are antithetical to their values. It’s because we believe in a fundamentally different God.”

Asked about how we balance national security and civil liberties, Santorum said that Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz would weaken security for the sake of privacy. Santorum clearly explained what metadata are. Phone calls are not being recorded and Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not violate the privacy of one single American. Both Paul and Cruz refuse to call Edward Snowden a traitor.

Asked about Hillary Clinton’s biggest weaknesses, he said, “Wow, that’s a big list.” She put in place the policies that have wrecked the world all over the world. Rewarding Cuba is a terrible policy.

He reminded the audience that he ran against the Clinton machine in 1994 and beat them.

As many political junkies know, Santorum was at 1 percent in the polls for a year before shocking the political world and winning the 2012 Iowa caucus. He almost won the 2012 presidential nomination. He is at 1 percent again, but he has every right to remind people never to count him out.

The one thing that his supporters and detractors agree on is that Santorum is an honest man. People may not always agree with Santorum, but they can trust him to do what he says he’ll do. His fiercest critics believe that, and that bothers them.

Authenticity matters, and the RJC knows they have an authentic true friend in Rick Santorum. So does Israel and anybody truly concerned about a nuclear Iran. The RJC crowd knows that Santorum can be trusted on the biggest issues to do what is right.

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