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Eric Brakey on Foreign Policy

 

 


Crazy that we have our troops in 177 different countries

On foreign policy: "The interesting thing is, as a liberty Republican, I'm also with the Democrats on some issues, the Republicans on some issues, and sometimes I'm by myself completely, but it tends to be the exact opposite of the issues," Brakey explained. "When it comes to foreign policy, I want us to be realistic. I think that it's crazy that we have our troops in 177 different countries, that we're in Afghanistan 16 years later, when the youngest soldiers currently going in there were two years old when we went in there in the first place."

Brakey has certainly put his chips in the center of the table; as a Maine representative on the Republican National Committee National Platform Convention in Cleveland last year, he supported unsuccessful condemnations of the intervention in Libya and a resolution calling the deposition of Middle Eastern dictators a failed policy. Where others talk the talk, Brakey has gone out on a limb to uphold and represent his values on the main stage.

Source: Washington Examiner on 2018 Maine Senate race , Dec 7, 2017

Deposing secular dictators in Mid-East empowers our enemies

Eric Brakey, a member of the 112-person panel tasked with drafting the official Republican Party platform, sought to make part of the platform more simpatico with Donald Trump.

Brakey proposed to condemn the Obama administration's intervention in Libya and blame it for destabilizing the region and empowering the Islamic State. "The deposing of secular dictators in the Middle East empowers our enemies," his text read. "We oppose the continuing of this failed practice."

Defending his views, Brakey summoned Trump: "Even our presumptive nominee acknowledges that the decision to take out the secular dictator in Iraq was a mistake," he noted. But other delegates said they didn't like the idea of the GOP "defending evil dictators." That amendment was defeated, as were several other Brakey proposals aimed at turning the party in a less interventionist direction. Delegates declined to soften the party's stance toward Russia, or to categorically condemn foreign aid.

Source: The Atlantic magazine on 2018 Maine Senate race , Jul 14, 2016

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