Ben Carson on Foreign Policy


Continue to confront China in South China Sea

Q: The US recently sent a guided missile destroyer within the 12-mile territorial border in the South China Sea, of China's manmade islands. Is that enough of a statement?

A: All of our friends in that region are, I think, are very relieved to see us doing that. Australia, also, is doing that. You know, we need to challenge these boundaries that are not legal.

Q: So is this enough, sending a guided missile destroyer in?

A: It's a good start; I hope we continue to do those kinds of exercises.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interview by Martha Raddatz , Nov 1, 2015

Corner Putin by arming Ukraine & reducing oil dependence

We need to be opposing Putin in parts of the world other than Syria. It's not just keeping his influence out of the Middle East, which he truly wants, but also in his own area of the world, the whole Baltic Basin, we need to have more than one or two armored brigades there to show some strength. And particularly you look at the Baltic States, they're really quite nervous about him. When they look at what we did with Ukraine--or what we didn't do--they have good reason to be nervous. We need to reestablish ourselves in that area. We need to give Ukraine offensive weapons. We need to reestablish a missile defense system in the eastern bloc of countries so that we oppose him. Let's keep him on the run, we need to recognize that his fuel is oil. And we need to do everything we can to develop our energy resources at an economical rate so that we keep the oil prices down, which keeps him in his little box.
Source: ABC This Week 2015 interview by Martha Raddatz , Nov 1, 2015

Take a stronger stance against Chinese cyber-attacks

Q: You said in an op-ed recently that we should retaliate against China for large-scale cyber attacks. Are you saying offensive cyber attacks against China?

CARSON: I'm saying anybody who attacks us in the cyberspace they need to understand that there will be consequences for that. You know, we can't just sit around and talk about it. That's going to be one of the real factors in the future. Not only that, but we have to harden our grid. We have to have several layers of alternate energy. We have to get back into space. In the future, he who controls space will control the Earth. You know, there are a lot of things that we have to do. We have to take a strong stance. Strength is really the defense against aggressiveness by others.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interview by Martha Raddatz , Sep 27, 2015

Leave no doubt that we will stand with South Korea

Q: The North Korea leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his front-line military units to go on a semi-war state. What is your sense of the situation right now?

A: Well, I think it highlights the necessity of us taking a very strong stance for our allies. South Korea is our ally. There should be no doubt about that in anybody's mind, including North Korea, that we will stand with our allies, no matter what is going on.

Source: CNN SOTU 2015 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 23, 2015

Obama has turned his back on Israel

Q: As president, you say you would revoke the current Iran deal and negotiate a better one and you also are fiercely critical of President Obama. In article you wrote for "The Jerusalem Post" in which you suggested the President was anti-Semitic; is he?

CARSON: All you have to do is go to Israel and talk to average people. And I couldn't find a single person there who didn't feel that this administration had turned their backs on Israel. And I think the position of president of the United States should be one where you begin to draw people together behind a vision. Not one where you castigate those who believe differently from you.

Q: what specifically is anti-Semitic in what the President is saying?

CARSON: I think anything is anti-Semitic that is against the survival of a state that is surrounded by enemies and by people who want to destroy them. And to ignore that and act like everything is normal there and that these people are paranoid, I think that's anti-Semitic.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 16, 2015

Military force is not off the table when it comes to Russia

Q: on your website you say about Russia: "All options should remain on the table when dealing with international bullies such as President Putin". Dr. Carson, when you say all options, does that include the use of military force?

CARSON: All options includes all options. That doesn't mean that would be my first option. When we look at Russia and we look at Putin, we can realize that he has great ambitions. His ambitions have been thwarted of late because of falling oil prices. And we should take note of that and realize that the economic weapon is a tremendous one in his case. We have incredible natural resources in this country in terms of oil, in terms of natural gas, but we have energy exportation rules from the '70s when we had an energy crisis that need to be gotten rid of, so we can use that to make Europe and other portions of the world more dependent on us. And that decreases his influence and his ability to expand.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 10, 2015

Would not go to war with Russia over Ukraine

Q: Would you go to war over Ukraine?

CARSON: No, I wouldn't go to war over Ukraine, but I would handle Ukraine a very different way. You know, Ukraine was a nuclear arms state. They gave up their weapons. You know, it was agreed they would be protected if something happened with aggression. Have we lived up to that? Of course, we have not. And what does that say to our other allies around the world? It's not a good sign.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 10, 2015

Back Israel and follow what Netanyahu wants on Iran

On Israel, Carson says U.S. should listen to and consider Netanyahu's words.

Carson has said the U.S. must staunchly back its ally. He supported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress [denouncing Obama's nuclear limitation deal with Iran].

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 3, 2015

Don't just sit around waiting to see what other people do

Carson fielded a few questions during the question-and-answer session about his views on foreign affairs, saying that the U.S. must take a stronger leadership role in the world: "I'm ready for leadership on the world stage and not just sitting around and waiting to see what other people do," he said.

The four-day CPAC is commonly regarded by conservatives as a testing ground for likely presidential candidates. Carson hasn't said whether he will run.

Source: N. Y. Daily News: 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. , Feb 26, 2015

America on same bad path as ancient Rome, but we can fix it

Why is it so important that we educate our people? Because we don't want to go down the same pathway as many other pinnacle nations that have preceded us. I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily. But what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within--moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility--they destroyed themselves. If you don't think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading. But you know, we can fix it. Why can we fix it? Because we're smart. We have some of the most intellectually gifted people leading our nation. All we need to do is remember what our real responsibilities are so that we can solve the problems.
Source: One Nation, by Dr. Ben Carson, on National Prayer Breakfast , May 20, 2014

US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world

Q: What is it that's at stake in the upcoming election?

DR. BEN CARSON: What is at stake is what kind of place is America going to be? Are we truly an exceptional nation with a different core of values than the rest of the world? Is that what led us to the pinnacle position in the world? Are we a nation that's for, of and by the people? Or are we for, of and by the government? This is what this election's about.

Source: Meet the Press 2014 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 18, 2014

Rome's decline began with immoral lifestyle; like in America

The US is still the pinnacle nation in the world today. It is not, however, the 1st pinnacle nation to face a decline. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Great Britain, France, and Spain all enjoyed their time at the top of the world, so to speak--in many cases, for several hundred years. Then, as they began to decline, they all experienced some peculiar similarities: an inordinate emphasis on sports and entertainment, a fixation with lifestyles of the rich and famous, political corruption, and the loss of a moral compass.

One certainly sees this pattern being repeated in American society today, and if we continue to follow the course of other pinnacle nations prior to us in history, we will suffer the same fate. The question is, "Can we learn from the experience of those nations that preceded us and take corrective action, or must we inexorably follow the same self-destructive course?"

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 9 , Jan 24, 2012

Freedom is why people come from Cuba to US, not vice versa

I had an opportunity to visit Cuba with a group of young American business leaders. There the government essentially owns and controls everything. The vast majority of the population must be satisfied with meager resources. However, their basic health care needs are taken care of and they are unlikely to be homeless or starving.

Having spoken to many Cuban refugees, I could only hope that someday they can experience true freedom. Although some people extol the virtues of Cuban society, the tide of illegal immigration is from Cuba to America, not vice versa. More people seem to prefer freedom with the opportunity to create security than security without freedom. If people could freely choose which type of society they preferred to live in, life would be very fair. Americans are free to leave this country any time they want to go live somewhere else; [but] such privileges are not afforded to the average Cuban or those in many other countries where the government controls their lives.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 84-85 , Jan 24, 2012

US poverty pales compared to billions in India & Africa

God has opened many doors of opportunity throughout my lifetime, but I believe the greatest of those doors was allowing me to be born in the USA.

Growing up, I heard many complaints from those around me about poverty, but visiting such places as India, Egypt, and Africa has provided me with perspective on what poverty really is. Hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people in the world live on less than $2 a day. Many of those living in poverty in this country, in fact, would be considered quite wealthy by poor people in other countries. Also, here in the US, there is no caste system to determine one's social status, so there are many opportunities for people to escape poverty without resorting to a life of crime. You are much more likely to be judged in this nation by your knowledge and the way you express yourself than you are by your pedigree. I'm not sure we realize how good we have it on this point.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.180 , Jan 24, 2012

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