Right Web - April 27, 2016
In his victory speech after the April 26 primaries, Trump focused on what he called the Obama administration’s “weakness, confusion, an disarray” on foreign policy, claiming that he would pursue instead an “America first” policy. He argued that U.S. allies “must pay for the cost” of U.S. defense, that “containing the spread of radical Islam” was a key U.S. goal, and that he would “fix our relations with China,” arguing that Beijing “respects strength, and by letting them take advantage of us economically like they are doing, we are losing all their respect.”
Right Web - April 27, 2016
Cruz Campaign Adviser #9: Frank Gaffney, the Islamophobic ideologue who heads the neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is one of a host of right-wing hawks who are serving as foreign policy advisers to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. Gaffney received widespread public attention after the deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015 when Donald Trump’s cited a widely criticized CSP poll in demanding “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Right Web - April 26, 2016
Cruz Campaign Adviser #8: Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, is a frequent commentator on U.S. Iran policy who is known for making exaggerated claims about Iran and other Middle East countries. Berman characterized the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal “as nothing less than a Marshall Plan for the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”
Right Web - April 25, 2016
Cruz Campaign Adviser #7: Randall Fort, assistant secretary for intelligence and research in the State Department during President George W. Bush’s second term, helped direct State’s in-house intelligence unit, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). After leaving State in 2009, Fort joined the Raytheon Corporation, a major defense contractor, as a director of programs security.
Right Web - April 23, 2016
Cruz Campaign Adviser #6: Andrew McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor who is known for his extreme anti-Islamic views and wild conspiracy theories. He has argued that President Obama is a “bridge figure between the Left and the Islamists” and that it is the nature of Islam to radicalize its adherents. He has also long held that Iran had a role in the 9/11 attacks.
Right Web - April 18, 2016
Cruz Campaign Adviser #5: Former Senator Jim Talent is a stalwart advocate of Pentagon spending, war in the Middle East, and one-sided U.S. support for Israel, all of which explains why he was tapped by the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute to serve as a fellow. A foreign policy adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, Talent says he would have voted for the Iraq War even if he had known the Bush administration’s claims about WMDs were false. He also says that Donald Trump is wrong for urging Washington to be a “neutral broker” in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Right Web - April 14, 2016
Cruz Campaign Adviser #4: Michael Ledeen is a long-standing neoconservative activist based at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. An adviser to the Ted Cruz presidential campaign, Ledeen is also part of the campaign’s “Jewish leadership coalition.” He claims that the United States faces a new “Axis of Evil,” which he says is comprised of the usual suspects Iran and North Korea, as well as “Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and other countries, and terrorist groups including al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State.” He says that there is “no escape” from war with this axis.