Carson’s Foreign Policy Knowledge Called into Question by “Advisers”

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Several of the latest national polls have revealed that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, unseating real estate mogul Donald Trump. However, sources who claim to be close to the Carson campaign have confided that he has had great difficulty mastering the complex workings of foreign policy, a claim that Carson himself may have backed up with a questionable series of remarks during the most recent GOP primary debate.

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Duane R. Clarridge, a retired CIA agent who has offered his consulting services free of charge to Carson, told The New York Times that Carson has come into his surprisingly successful presidential bid without much prior foreign policy knowledge. “Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East,” Clarridge said, noting that Carson relies on weekly conference calls to learn the latest news from abroad.

The Carson campaign has sought out a number of highly knowledgeable advisers to inform the retired neurosurgeon, including former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden. “I had one lengthy phone call with Ben Carson two months ago and his instincts are all right, but this is a database in which he’s very unfamiliar,” Hayden said in an interview with MSNBC.

The United States’ role in world affairs has become an extremely hot-button topic in the wake of last week’s terrorist attack on Paris, which saw a small group of ISIS operatives massacre 129 unsuspecting civilians and wound hundreds more. Whereas Republican candidates have thus far focused their foreign policy platforms on dealing with the problem of illegal immigrations, candidates have now found themselves scrambling to define their approach to dealing with the growing unrest in the Middle East.

During last week’s Fox Business Network debate, which saw eight GOP candidates duke it out on prime-time television, Carson erroneously claimed that China embarked on a failed military campaign in Syria as part of the fight against ISIS. Both American and Chinese officials have refuted the claim, and the Carson official has since placed the blame on a false report given by a freelance American intelligence official based in Iraq.

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