“Candidly, I think foreign policy is something that’s not just about having a PhD or talking to PhDs. It’s about leadership,” [Walker] said. “I would contend the most significant foreign policy decision in my lifetime was made by a president who was previously a governor. A president who made a decision that wasn’t even about foreign policy. It was in August of 1981, when Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.” . . .
Arguing that the mettle he has shown in Wisconsin demonstrates that he would be a strong leader, he pointed to Reagan’s showdown with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization.
“PATCO was one of the few unions that actually endorsed Ronald Reagan when he ran for president. So it wasn’t political retribution,” said Walker. “It was because they were striking, and it was against the law to strike.”
“It sent a message around the world,” he continued. “It sent a message to our allies. . . . Equally, if not more importantly, it sent a powerful message to our adversaries — ironically, some of the same we have today, with different names, the Soviet Union and Iran — that we were not going to be messed with.” (emphasis added)