Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, one of the many Republicans throwing their hat in the ring for president in 2016, is trying to lay out his foreign policy vision in a new op-ed for FoxNews.com. As with many other Republicans, he’s going full hawk, likely hoping to draw in deep pocket donors looking to bankroll the most hawkish candidates they can find.
Jindal’s strategy is to lay himself out as the candidate of simplicity and bellicose machoism, saying his military strategy could be entirely summed up with the goal to “defeat the terrorists.”
In the op-ed he elaborated, but not too much, railing against President Obama’s call for jobs programs to reduce the ability of terror groups to recruit, demanding Obama “spend less time criticizing America and more time hunting terrorists down and killing them.”
Jindal went on to lash the State Department, 14 years into the global war on terror, for saying “we cannot kill our way out of this war,” a concept Jindal thought “madness,” as he believes that more killing, and only more killing, is the answer.
Jindal seems to be banking on the sheer simplicity of his message, courting hawks on the basis that you simply point the US military at something and yell “kill,” and victory will inevitably follow.