Ted Cruz Plays to Sheldon Adelson on Israel and Iran

Ted Cruz can agree with the Israeli government position without being so untruthful about the position of the Obama administration.  The sub-headline to this story reads,”The Texas senator says he believes the Obama administration thinks it is “perfectly acceptable” for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”   Obama spoke to AIPAC in 2012 and said very clearly that preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is a national security interest of both Israel and the United States and that has been his position ever since.  Cruz can disagree with Obama’s negotiation tactics without lying about Obama’s basic position.  Pandering to the base or sucking up to powerful potential donors is not a reason to flat out lie, so shame on Senator Cruz once more.

Click here to read the full story of March 2, 2015 from BloombergPolitics, which I quote in part below:

Senator Ted Cruz is unabashed about his support for Israel and his contempt for Iran, and Monday he made sure that mega-donor Sheldon Adelson knows it.

A day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress the Texas Republican was the only lawmaker to join Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor, in a Senate hearing room Monday for a panel discussion titled “The Meaning of Never Again: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran.”

In the talk, which was moderated by American Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Cruz’s criticism of President Barack Obama was pointed and included a claim that the administration doesn’t really want to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The only “natural” consequence of Obama’s efforts to negotiate with Iran, “is that Iran will have a nuclear weapon,” said Cruz, as casino and hotel magnate Adelson, who is Jewish, looked on from the audience.

“Those who are leading this negotiation fundamentally don’t understand who it is they are negotiating with,” Cruz said. “I think their view is it’s perfectly acceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons, and they will be part of the rational community of nations.”

Ted Cruz: Obama an ‘Apologist for Radical Islamic Terrorism’

Ted Cruz is preaching to a small audience of right wing Christian Republicans in the U.S. who might attend a caucus or vote in a primary next year.  President Obama is mindful that his words are read and heard by over a billion Muslims around the world.  Ted Cruz is much more willing to connect the words “terrorist” and “Islam” than is the President.

Click here to see the full story in the website MEDIAite quoted in part below and see the Fox “News” video of Senator Cruz on February 18, 2015.

Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News tonight and told Megyn Kelly he doesn’t like how President Obama appears to sound like “an apologist” for radical terrorist groups. Cruz was reacting to the Obama administration’s reticence to identify radical Islamic extremism as a threat to the United States and the world.

Cruz ripped Obama’s “bizarre, politically-correct doublespeak… simply not befitting a Commander-in-Chief.”

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Kelly asked Cruz what he would say to the idea, put forth by the White House, that identifying terrorists like ISIS as Islamic would give the terrorists exactly what they want and would undermine the global effort against them. Cruz said that “what undermines the global effort is for the President of the United States to be an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists.”

Ted Cruz heads to Munich. And Iowa. And New Hampshire.

Click here to read the full blog post from the Dallas Morning News of February 5, 2015.

Sen. Ted Cruz is heading to Germany this weekend for an international security conference, along with House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain is leading the congressional delegation, which includes 10 senators and five House members. Four of the senators and two of the congressmen are Democrats.

Cruz aides said the senator will engage in important discussions about security challenges facing the United States. Unsaid: this sort of thing also helps an aspiring presidential candidate to bone up, look serious and score points.

Cruz is keeping a busy political schedule, too. He just accepted a March 15 speaking gig in New Hampshire, keynoting a dinner for the Grafton County GOP. He was in Iowa two weeks ago, and he’ll be back March 7 for the first Iowa Agriculture Summit, along with former Gov. Rick Perry and a number of other likely candidates. That summit will mark Jeb Bush’s first visit to Iowa since declaring in December that he may run.

“We are in a moment of global crisis. ISIS is burning people alive, the Iranians are pursuing a nuclear weapon and Putin is redrawing the map of Europe in a way that hasn’t been seen since the end of World War II,” Cruz said in a statement announcing his participation in the Munich trip. “All while this administration seems more focused on de-stabilizing the government of one of our closest allies than confronting any of these challenges,” Cruz said, referring to strains in the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Rand Paul Challenges Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Iran

Click here to read the full Jan. 26, 2015 article from the New York Times.

Politicians who oppose President Obama can bluster all they want, grab headlines and curry favor with donors yet don’t have to be responsible for their (too often) irresponsible critiques and prescriptions on foreign policy. So it was refreshing to hear Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky split with some of his fellow Republicans on Iran during a presidential forum on Saturday organized by Freedom Partners.

As far as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are concerned, negotiations involving the United States and five other major powers on Iran’s nuclear program are endangering America and the world. “They’ve been negotiating for two years. This is the worst negotiation in the history of mankind,” Mr. Cruz told the forum. He predicted that Iran will soon be able to launch nuclear strikes against “Tel Aviv, New York or Los Angeles” and said the problem with Iran is that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, and the ruling mullahs are “radical Islamic nutcases.”

OpEd by Ted: Yemen’s collapse demonstrates Obama’s foreign policy failures

Click here to read the full opinion article written by Senator Ted Cruz in the Washington Times, printed Jan. 25, 2014.

by Ted Cruz

– – Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last Tuesday night, President Obama assured the American people that their nation is secure because of his leadership. His “steady, persistent resolve,” Mr. Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech, has resulted in a “safer, more prosperous world.”

Mr. Obama’s soothing words stand in stark contrast with the violent results of his foreign policy playing out halfway around the globe in the nation of Yemen. Despite an American-brokered cease-fire last September, Shiite Houthi rebels control the northern part of the country supported by their Iranian sponsors, who want to control the strategically important entrance to the Red Sea. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), widely recognized as one of the most vicious Sunni terrorist organizations in the world, controls large parts of the country. Attracted by the general lawlessness, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is sending operatives to join in the mayhem. The existing government has resigned en masse. The country has become a magnet for bad actors of all descriptions and the United States has little if any control over events as they fight among themselves.

– – Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last Tuesday night, President Obama assured the American people that their nation is secure because of his leadership. His “steady, persistent resolve,” Mr. Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech, has resulted in a “safer, more prosperous world.”

Mr. Obama’s soothing words stand in stark contrast with the violent results of his foreign policy playing out halfway around the globe in the nation of Yemen. Despite an American-brokered cease-fire last September, Shiite Houthi rebels control the northern part of the country supported by their Iranian sponsors, who want to control the strategically important entrance to the Red Sea. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), widely recognized as one of the most vicious Sunni terrorist organizations in the world, controls large parts of the country. Attracted by the general lawlessness, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is sending operatives to join in the mayhem. The existing government has resigned en masse. The country has become a magnet for bad actors of all descriptions and the United States has little if any control over events as they fight among themselves.

But the reality is that four years and a billion American taxpayer dollars after Mrs. Clinton’s visit, Yemen is spiraling into chaos.

The collapse of Yemen is, unfortunately, not an isolated event — it is representative of the larger failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy. Convinced that they possessed unique insight into the global community, the administration has tried to manage the threat of radical Islamic terrorism with drone strikes, foreign aid and vague promises of “political reconciliation” to heal the 14-centuries-old divisions between Sunni and Shiite.

In Yemen, as in so many places around the globe, however, this approach has left the United States with few good options and with our influence in shambles. We need to face the reality that Yemen is being torn apart by two sworn enemies of America and our first priority should be to secure any remaining U.S. personnel in the country. We must then explore how to defend our strategic interests in the region without benefiting either Iran or al Qaeda.

The clear lesson of Yemen is that, rather than a magic formula for world peace, the Obama foreign policy has proven a recipe for disaster. The State of the Union speech demonstrated that the president refuses to learn this lesson. He is doubling down on the policies that have so demonstrably failed over the past six years.

The members of the new 114th Congress owe it to the American people to do everything we can to mitigate the damage the president is doing to our national security. As the recent violent attacks in Paris by radical Islamic terrorists trained by AQAP in Yemen demonstrate, the consequences of the president’s policies are not confined to faraway lands. They directly threaten America and our allies. This week, therefore, I refiled the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which prevents American citizens who have fought abroad for designated terrorists groups like AQAP and ISIS from returning to the United States. I am grateful for the support of my colleagues for this legislation, and look forward to working with senators on both sides of the aisle on additional measures to secure our nation.

As John Adams observed in 1770, “facts are stubborn things,” the president’s platitudes about the success of his policies in the State of the Union notwithstanding. The fact is these policies have failed — and the fact is we cannot afford additional fiascoes like Yemen over the last two years of the Obama administration.