Skip to comments.Sen. Ted Cruz goes abroad
Posted on 05/30/2014 1:02:36 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
From Poland, the latest stop on his overseas trip, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who has forcefully tried to distance himself from potential 2016 rival Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) when it comes to foreign policy, rebuked the administration for the “consistent pattern” of “retreating from the world” as well as the “tendency to alienate and abandon our allies,” during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. Cruz spent two days in Israel, then traveled to Ukraine and Poland. He will end the trip in Estonia.
Asked the purpose of the trip, he replied that as part of his job as a senator on the Armed Services Committee, “I need to do my best to understand our national security threats. There is no substitute for meeting with leaders and seeing the situation on the ground.” The comment had the benefit of being true and also laying down a marker by which other 2016 rivals might be judged. His opening remarks were largely dictated by his itinerary, focusing on Israel, Iran and Russia.
As for Russia, Cruz said, “I have to give Putin credit. Putin has been very explicit.” He reminded the media that for Putin “the demise of the Soviet Union is the greatest geo-political disaster of the modern era.” He spoke in admiring tones about the new Ukrainian government and the students who stood up for freedom. Asked if they felt let down by the United States, Cruz diplomatically replied, “Their leaders are looking for help and solidarity wherever they can find it.” He stressed that Ukraine needs help to defend itself and that it gave up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for promises the United States would defend it. He stated that the goals of U.S. policy should be to help Ukraine defend itself and lessen its dependence on Russian gas
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A foolish move on the part of both the Ukraine and the Clinton administration.
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