Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ted Cruz's Third Way RealPolitik Vs. The Neocons

This side of the father-and-son isolationist firm Ron Paul & Son, it's unheard of for a conservative Republican to attack neoconservatives by name. But that is exactly what Texas Sen. and rising presidential candidate Ted Cruz is doing. And he might be tapping into a philosophy of national security reflecting the preference of most Americans.
In a Bloomberg interview over the weekend, Cruz accused his rival for the GOP nomination, Marco Rubio, of "military adventurism," even linking him to Hillary Clinton.
"Senator Rubio emphatically supported Hillary Clinton in toppling (Moammar) Gadhafi in Libya. I think that made no sense," Cruz said, pointing out that Gadhafi "had become a significant ally in fighting radical Islamic terrorism" and that the Benghazi attack "was a direct result of that massive foreign policy blunder."
He accused "the more aggressive Washington neocons" of "benefiting radical Islamic terrorists" and warned that "if the Obama administration and the Washington neocons succeed in toppling (Bashar) Assad, Syria will be handed over to radical Islamic terrorists. ISIS will rule Syria."
A Cruz Doctrine would ask of military action:
"How does it keep America safe? If it's keeping America safe, we should do it. If it's making America more vulnerable, we shouldn't do it."
At a recent Iowa town hall, Cruz rejected the choice being between "retreat from the world and be isolationist and leave everyone alone, or we've got to be these crazy neocon-invade-every-country-on-Earth and send our kids to die in the Middle East."
He added: "Most people I know don't agree with either one of those. They think both of those are nuts."
Read the rest of this Thomas McArdle op-ed HERE.

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