TED CRUZ: RETURN TO FOREIGN POLICY OF REAGAN

Senator appears to have eye on 2016 in Heritage Foundation speech

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President Ronald Reagan

WASHINGTON – In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday that sounded like the first foreign policy address of a presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for a return to the international politics of President Ronald Reagan.

Cruz contrasted Reagan’s approach with the Obama-Clinton policy of not putting distance between the U.S. and traditional allies, such as Britain and Israel, in the hope of “domesticating” long-standing enemies such as Russia and Iran.

“This backfired,” Cruz argued. “The end result is that Churchill is no longer welcome in the Oval Office.

He recalled one of Obama’s first acts in office was to return to Britain a bust of Winston Churchill that had been on long-term loan.

Cruz objected to the moral equivalence he sees as central to the Obama-Clinton foreign policy.

“In the foreign policy of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all nations are equal and should be treated with respect and empathy, regardless whether they are friends or enemies,” he said.

“Let me be very clear,” Cruz objected. “When it comes to dealing with radical Islamic terrorists who are crucifying Christians and beheading children, what our foreign policy needs is not additional empathy. It needs clarity, force and resolve to defend the United States of America.”

Addressing relations with Russia, Cruz argued Obama and Clinton were certain their new approach to Russia would “tame the Russian bear.”

Then, Cruz related, Hillary traveled to Moscow famously with a red “Reset Button” that had been mistranslated to read in Russian “Overload.”

“At times, Obama and Clinton spoke truth without even realizing it,” Cruz commented wryly.

Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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