The Katz Perspective: Breaking Down Pete Buttigieg's Foreign Policy Stance


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The Katz Perspective: Breaking Down Pete Buttigieg's Foreign Policy Stance

South Bend Mayor Splits from Democrats on Foreign Policy

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was in Bloomington Tuesday for a scheduled address at Indiana University in which the 2020 presidential candidate articulated his policy positions on matters of foreign policy, national security, climate change, and America's economy. 

Buttigieg's comments on foreign policy drew attention for what was interpreted as an even-handed critique of republicans and democrats.


Buttigieg, the 37-year-old former naval inWtelligence officer, pledged as president to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, view -- and act -- on climate change as a national security issue and reset the US posture on foreign entanglements that has grown more expansive -- with limited congressional input -- in the nearly 19 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"As the mission drifted, the collateral damage to our national moral authority was enormous, and we too often bargained against our own values," Buttigieg said in a wide-ranging speech here. "Congress abdicated its responsibility on issues of war and peace."

But Buttigieg extended his critique beyond Trump -- one that could implicitly be viewed as a shot at current Democratic front-runner Joe Biden -- noting that "for the better part of my lifetime, it has been difficult to identify a consistent foreign policy in the Democratic Party either."

Buttigieg stated that although he is not an isolationist, he wants to see more congressional involvement in decisions of war and intervention abroad, adding that his views have been deeply shaped by his own experiences in recent decades, from watching the World Trade Center collapse on television as a college student to when he served as a naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

It is time, Buttigieg said, to “put an end to endless war” and for Congress to be an active participant on U.S. troop authorization.

WIBC host Tony Katz covered key highlights from Mayor Buttigieg's comments and offered commentary and insight Tuesday morning. Click below to listen to Katz's perspective in full.

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