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Cruz to visit Ukraine
mysanantonio.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | KEVIN DIAZ

Posted on 05/13/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with the embattled nation’s political leaders in the midst of  violent confrontations with pro-Russian separatists, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

The trip is certain to raise the Texas Republican’s profile at a time when he’s been widely speculated to be a 2016 White House contender.The trip is sponsored by Secure America Now, a conservative non-profit group that says it is “dedicated to mobilizing millions of national security activists to support policies that protect our nation against terrorist infiltration, attack and capitulation to enemies.”

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said no taxpayer dollars will be used on the trip.

Cruz told The Associated Press earlier Tuesday that he’ll meet with political, military, business in Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe. Israel is also on the itinerary. Ukraine’s new leaders, who ousted a pro-Russian president, have scheduled a May 25 presidential vote.

“Ukraine right now is facing an enormous threat from a resurgent Russia. (Russian President) Vladimir Putin has been quite naked about his desire to reconstitute as much as possible the old Soviet Union,” Cruz told the Associated Press. “I have a particular responsibility to assess firsthand the current and future military threats that could jeopardize our safety and the security of our allies.”

Cruz has previously called for the Obama administration to reconsider a “Star Wars” type anti-ballistic missile system to counter Russia. He’s also pushed for U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas to reduce Ukraine’s dependence on Russia.


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1 posted on 05/13/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe; All

“Ukraine right now is facing an enormous threat from a resurgent Russia. (Russian President) Vladimir Putin has been quite naked about his desire to reconstitute as much as possible the old Soviet Union,” Cruz told the Associated Press. “I have a particular responsibility to assess firsthand the current and future military threats that could jeopardize our safety and the security of our allies.”


2 posted on 05/13/2014 5:39:04 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Russians to the Left of me, Useful Idiots to the Right...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wouldn’t put it past zero and his minions to provide lax security for Senator Cruz. Remember Benghazi....


3 posted on 05/13/2014 5:44:04 PM PDT by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy

Remember W in Colombia. They even tried to serve him poisoned fish (puffer?) for dinner.

W had to yank his personal detail out from behind the police line.

The Dems wanted him dead. Plain and simple.


4 posted on 05/13/2014 5:48:32 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Way to go Cruz.


5 posted on 05/13/2014 5:51:45 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I want Cruz to be President, I trust he will represent America well. Though now days Ukraine needs arms and men willing to use them, not well wishes from western politicians. Also this is the strongest evidence yet that he indeed will run.


6 posted on 05/13/2014 6:08:41 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: BurningOak

I liker Cruz but he was born in Canada and cannot run for President. I don’t care if he visits Ukraine but I don’t want to spend a dime on Ukraine , MUCH LESS our blood. So Visit all you want and let us know how it turns out.


7 posted on 05/13/2014 6:30:55 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: SADMILLIE

Cruz has been proven eligible over and over again. He can run for President and should.


8 posted on 05/13/2014 7:39:46 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

No SCOTUS decision has come down about eligibility.

So a person can be born in a foreign country to a foreigner father and come to the US at age 4 and be eligible for president? That really opens it up, doesn’t it.


9 posted on 05/13/2014 7:41:45 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: rbmillerjr
I thought Cruz would run and win. Now I'm not sure.

He apparently drank the 'cool aid' and following the mob by sticking.his nose in something he has not thought out'.

One thing we don't need is a McCain clone in the White House.

My man is now Rand Paul.

10 posted on 05/13/2014 7:55:50 PM PDT by duckln
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Ted will be doing more fact finding trips, because he will be running in 2016. Cruz/Palin, Cruz/Walker or Cruz/LePage would be three great tickets.


11 posted on 05/13/2014 7:56:40 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Cruz should avoid getting photographed driving a tank, wearing any funny looking hats, or shaking hands with any neo-Nazis while he’s over there.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 8:09:17 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: duckln

Rand Paul who thinks that voter ID laws are bad because they might offend some people? And a lot more “stuff”...


13 posted on 05/13/2014 8:22:47 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: SADMILLIE

[ I liker Cruz but he was born in Canada and cannot run for President. I don’t care if he visits Ukraine but I don’t want to spend a dime on Ukraine , MUCH LESS our blood. So Visit all you want and let us know how it turns out. ]

Are you for real? Seriously?

You do know that his Mother was an American citizen and was over the age of 18 years old when he was born and he has citizenship by right of BLOOD, not right of Land you know....


14 posted on 05/13/2014 9:07:17 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: ansel12

Cruz just won the Presidency.


15 posted on 05/13/2014 9:10:58 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: duckln

If you want a moderate, like McCain, then you chose correctly, Ran Paul, soft on most issues.


16 posted on 05/13/2014 9:12:49 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: SADMILLIE

So you are going to spam the threads with that nonsense, and false claim, that I’m pretty sure that you have been called on a number of times?


17 posted on 05/13/2014 9:14:16 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: duckln
I thought Cruz would run and win. Now I'm not sure.

Cute, since you have always disliked him.

18 posted on 05/13/2014 9:18:09 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Will Cruz lift up the neo Con banner?

There is noting in or about Ukraine that is an essential USA security interest. Other than the desire to see self-determination in Ukraine, what else is there?

"Deny Russia"? The Russians have enormous political, security and commercial interests there and also enormous incentive to protect those interests.

No, I'm not saying it's all legitimate, but I am saying it's REAL.

Inevitably, they win because it's worth more to them. We'd do well to STFU and figure out how we actually meet our existing NATO obligations, over-extended as they are.

19 posted on 05/13/2014 9:28:47 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

Cruz doesn’t say anything until every option is considered, and when he does say something, it is the right thing.

*all you zombies hide your faces, all you people in the streets, all you living in high places, the rain’s gonna fall on you*


20 posted on 05/13/2014 9:34:55 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: Mariner
It is not in US interests to allow Putin's genocidal dictatorship to regain territory it lost when the EVIL EMPIRE was shattered to pieces. It is in our interests to undermine, sabotage and confront our hostile Russian enemies at all possible times. Therefore we should continue NATO expansion to contain an expansionist imperial neo-Soviet Russia.
21 posted on 05/13/2014 9:37:41 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Therefore we should continue NATO expansion to contain an expansionist imperial neo-Soviet Russia. "

You would commit our sons to existential war to defend the territorial integrity of Romania, Bulgaria (current) and potentially Ukraine and Georgia?

On what basis?

I assure you, the is clearly a minority opinion and would never pass as a resolution in the US Congress.

I doubt anyone would bring a war resolution to the floor as it would receive little more than passing ridicule.

So why make the promise? It's BS. The USA would not, under any foreseeable circumstance, risk existential war to defend Ukraine. Or Georgia. Or even a couple of the existing members of NATO.

It's delusional to think otherwise.

22 posted on 05/13/2014 9:45:13 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner
No. Russians and their sycophants are deluded if they think they can attack any NATO nation and not face full-scale war with the entire NATO alliance. If Russia attacks NATO, it's world war 3, period. Face that reality. NATO is the most powerful military force in the world. If Russia goes to war with NATO, Russia will lose.
23 posted on 05/13/2014 9:58:18 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Mariner

“You would commit our sons to existential war to defend the territorial integrity of Romania, Bulgaria (current) and potentially Ukraine and Georgia?”

Why not? The sons, as you speak of, have already committed to defend freedom. Russia is a threat to freedom. Not as big a threat as the old Soviet Union, but a threat none the less!


24 posted on 05/13/2014 11:02:03 PM PDT by sagar
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To: duckln
I thought Cruz would run and win. Now I'm not sure. He apparently drank the 'cool aid' and following the mob by sticking.his nose in something he has not thought out'. One thing we don't need is a McCain clone in the White House. My man is now Rand Paul.

Perfect example of why we have lost. No shortage of those who will find reason to trash the best we have to offer and to miss the significance of how bad the Left really is compared to even our worst offerings.

25 posted on 05/14/2014 2:35:24 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Tailgunner Joe.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 3:56:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: little jeremiah
You really need to get up to speed. You see, big government is bad...unless the guy in the white house has an R next to his name. Then you shut up about big government being bad or you hate amurk'a.

Same goes for eligibility to hold the office of the president. If you're a guy with a D next to your name, you better be able to prove you were born here. But if you have an R next to your name (especially if you live in Texas!) it's fine if you were born anyplace on the planet.

Hypocrisy is a time honored tradition in this fake left/right game. You just need to pretend you're better than the other guy while using his tactics.

27 posted on 05/14/2014 4:13:46 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: sagar
"The sons, as you speak of, have already committed to defend freedom."

No, they are committed to defend the USA and it's critical interests.

That has nothing to do with Ukraine.

28 posted on 05/14/2014 5:47:39 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: ansel12
I love him but I hope Ted is careful who he meets with.

John McCain Went To Ukraine And Stood On Stage With A Man Accused Of Being An Anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi

U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic senator from the state of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, second left, and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok, right, stand around him during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

29 posted on 05/14/2014 5:58:30 AM PDT by McGruff (#BringBackOurJobs)
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To: Reddy

NO ONE is safe from Satan’s boy.


30 posted on 05/14/2014 7:29:34 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SADMILLIE

Really? Getup to date and troll elsewhere.


31 posted on 05/14/2014 7:31:20 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“If Russia goes to war with NATO, Russia will lose.”

If Russia goes to war with NATO, or Nato goes to war with Russia, we ALL will lose, because it fast become a Nuclear exchange.


32 posted on 05/14/2014 7:39:02 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tcrlaf

Define “lose”.......I do not believe it is possible to occupy all of Russia, Napoleon and Hitler found that out the hard way.


33 posted on 05/14/2014 7:41:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

“Define “lose”.......”

A radiated world...
Nuclear winter...
A Billion dead...

Things like that.


34 posted on 05/14/2014 7:43:15 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: SADMILLIE
"I liker Cruz but he was born in Canada and cannot run for President."

Wrong.

Suggest you take a look at this, posted by the boss:

CATO Institute: Yes, Ted Cruz Can Be President

35 posted on 05/14/2014 8:04:10 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: ansel12

Just watch those who like this article and go “rah, rah, rah for Cruz!” turn on him later and show their true, RINO, must-always-be-an-uber-interventionist ways, and dump Cruz for some RINO GOP-e type.


36 posted on 05/14/2014 8:05:27 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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37 posted on 05/14/2014 8:07:38 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Isolationism is not a part of Reagan conservatism.

It’s in the wack a mole Ron Paul Liberaltarian fringe of the GOP.

It is closer to Uber Liberalism and even to the Left of Obama to a good segment of the Liberaltarian wing.


38 posted on 05/14/2014 8:11:35 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Russians to the Left of me, Useful Idiots to the Right...)
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To: mac_truck
Cruz should avoid getting photographed driving a tank, wearing any funny looking hats, or shaking hands with any neo-Nazis while he’s over there.

FDR shook hands with Stalin and called him Uncle Joe. He seemed to do all right. Nixon shook hands with Mao and had China's UN seat given to Communist China in order to peel it away from Communist Russia. Nixon suffered no negative political consequences from this. That's probably because unlike Stalin and Mao, Ukraine's neo-Nazis aren't actually responsible for the deaths of tens of millions.

39 posted on 05/14/2014 8:17:35 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: dfwgator
Define “lose”.......I do not believe it is possible to occupy all of Russia, Napoleon and Hitler found that out the hard way.

China will occupy Russia up to the Ural Mountains. If Europeans are too legalistic to overrun European Russia, Turkey and the Central Asian stans probably have zero qualms. What remains after an all-out nuclear war may have Russian genes, but will probably speak either a Turkic language or Mandarin Chinese.

40 posted on 05/14/2014 8:24:08 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: rbmillerjr
Reagan was NEITHER isolationist NOR interventionist.

RINOS say “It's EITHER isolationism OR it's interventionism.”

They, unlike Reagan, believe there is no middle ground and that is is either/or when it doesn't have to be that way, and shouldn't be that way.

41 posted on 05/14/2014 8:25:41 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Zhang Fei


42 posted on 05/14/2014 8:43:20 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Everybody that talks like that, never ever seems to find anything worth fighting for.

And the perpetual strawman fallacy attacks are never ending. I have yet to see a serious person suggest we send troops to Urkaine, but hey, knock that strawman out of the park lmao.

The same idiots that say the US should stay out of everything, are the same idiots that say it is just fine for Russia to annex, send in special operations and threaten with full military invasion.

The same faux conservatives are the true RINOs, just fine with a nation’s sovereignty being violated.

What a joke.


43 posted on 05/14/2014 8:45:08 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Russians to the Left of me, Useful Idiots to the Right...)
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To: Mariner

“No, they are committed to defend the USA and it’s critical interests.
That has nothing to do with Ukraine.”

The other side of the argument says that the Ukraine is the stance for freedom and what is good on this earth.


44 posted on 05/14/2014 9:14:29 AM PDT by sagar
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To: Tailgunner Joe

QUOTE: “Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said no taxpayer dollars will be used on the trip.”

Conversely, Hillary and Pelosi don’t even buy their own liquor in flight.


45 posted on 05/14/2014 9:38:49 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Huh? dump Cruz for some rino/Rand Paul type, I don’t think many will do that.


46 posted on 05/14/2014 9:42:27 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist; rbmillerjr

I would call invading and conquering a country, a little interventionist, also, stationing 435,000 troops on the borders of the Russian empire seems to reveal some interest in their actions, as would taking them on, all over the globe.

Reagan was famous for foreign policy aggression and strength, he was no Obama/Jimmy Carter like, libertarian on foreign policy and national defense.

I can see a Senator Reagan traveling to Ukraine.


47 posted on 05/14/2014 9:55:43 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Mariner
No one has suggested going to war, so how does that make him a neoCon? That would make Reagan, who stood at the Berlin Wall, a neocon by that definition.
48 posted on 05/14/2014 10:10:10 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Awesome post. Indeed, do everything short of military engagement. Shut down ALL aid they might get. Shut them out of the G8. Send diplomats into Kiev until the situation is rectified.
49 posted on 05/14/2014 10:11:50 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee
I didn't accuse him of being a neo Con.

I'm asking the question.

He might not be...

50 posted on 05/14/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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