A fresh approach to American foreign policy and
interviewed Cruz by telephone from the campaign trail earlier this week about
his views on the purpose of American foreign policy, US-Israel relations, the
The transcript of the conversation follows.
Sen. Cruz, you have managed to anger the two foreign policy wings of your party
– the neoconservatives and the isolationists – with your foreign policy
positions. How would you describe the rationale behind your foreign policy
Cruz: I believe American foreign policy should be driven by the vital national security interests of our nation. The most central failing of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy is it fails to look to
How does the
Nobody who understands the reality of foreign policy believes that. That is the
view of the Obama administration and the far Left. I think
There are some politicians who characterize the
I think that stems from a misunderstanding of the fundamental dynamics.
[This week Obama instructed federal agencies to begin suspending economic
Over a month ago I wrote a detailed letter to [Senate] Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and [House] Speaker John Boehner laying out a specific course of attack to stop this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal. The first step, I believe, is that the majority leader and the speaker of the House should jointly conclude that Obama has not submitted the entire deal to Congress as required by the Congressional Review Act, which explicitly defines the deal to include any and all side agreements.
The side agreements with the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] governing the incredibly weak inspection of the regime were not handed over to Congress.
So under the terms of federal law, the deal has not yet been given to Congress,
which means the clock for the congressional review has not started. The reason
that is important is because under the terms of the Congressional Review Act, it
is illegal for the administration to lift the
Now unfortunately we know what the next step will be to that. After six-and-half years we have seen that with President Obama we have a president who has repeatedly ignored and defied federal law.
So we can anticipate that he would do the same here and say that it does not concern him; he intends to lift sanctions anyway.
At that point, what I recommended is that congressional leadership make abundantly clear to each of the banks that is in possession of the frozen billions of dollars that whether or not Obama chooses to disregard or ignore federal law does not exonerate those banks from the obligation to follow binding federal statutes.
And if those banks, contrary to federal law, release billions of dollars to Ayatollah Khamenei, then those banks will face potentially billions of dollars in civil liabilities and even possibly criminal prosecution.
But senator, they didn’t do any of those things.
Caroline, you’re exactly right that congressional leadership refused to do any of this. Likewise, we just had a battle over the continuing resolution [which funds the government without an approved budget]. I urged Congress to fund the entire federal government but deny any federal funds to implement this catastrophic deal. Again Republican leadership refused to do that. So long as Republican leadership is unwilling to use the constitutional authority given to Congress, the Obama administration will move forward with this catastrophic deal.
I will continue to fight on every front to stop this deal. I believe it is the
single greatest national security threat facing
And I also agree with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu that a nuclear
If that does not change, then Congress will acquiesce and this deal will go forward for the next 15 months.
This means nothing is more important to stopping a nuclear
And indeed I believe this issue is becoming the single most important issue in the presidential election. I have pledged that if I am elected president, to rip to shreds this Iranian nuclear deal on my very first day in office and to make abundantly clear that under no circumstances will the nation of Iran, led by a theocratic ayatollah who chants Death to America, be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
On the other hand, if Hillary Clinton is elected president, we know to a virtual
metaphysical certainty that
Over the past 15 years, through its sponsorship of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and
occasional support for
How would you characterize the Obama administration’s stewardship of US relations with the Palestinians?
This past this week I publicly called for John Kerry’s resignation as secretary
of state. This is the second time I’ve done so. A number of months ago I called
for Kerry’s resignation when he wrongfully suggested that
This past week John Kerry and the State Department accused the nation of
There’s a qualitative difference between that and the IDF defending the safety
and security of the nation of
And John Kerry’s suggestion that they are morally equivalent is wrong, harmful and deeply offensive.
If you are elected president in 2016, what would your relationship be with the PA?
I believe that nobody wants to see peace more than the Israeli people. The
barrier to peace is not the government of
As it regards to US policy, I think for far too long, American presidents have
attempted to dictate the terms of a peace settlement. In my view,
But it is not the role of the American government to attempt to lecture the Israeli people or dictate terms of peace.
No one has a greater incentive to seek peace than the people of
Do you think a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River is a
I think that is a question to be decided by the nation of
You don’t think it’s a question for
I do not believe the
The Palestinians have turned down every reasonable offer of peace. And I believe
Right now the PA is spending around $150 million a year to pay salaries to
convicted terrorists sitting in Israeli prisons. The
Of course we should. The PA has formed a unity government with Hamas. The idea that American taxpayer dollars are going to a government that is in unity with terrorists makes no sense whatsoever. The idea that American taxpayer dollars are going to the PA, which routinely engages in incitement, which celebrates the terrorists who murder women and children, makes no sense whatsoever. We should not be funding people who want to kill us. We should not be funding terrorists.
This goes back to what I mentioned before about the central failing of the
Obama-Clinton foreign policy – that it fails to focus on the vital national
security interests of
The prevailing wisdom is that building in Israeli communities beyond the 1949 armistice lines causes Palestinian terrorism. Do you accept that?
That is yet one more area in which the Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy is
deeply misguided. The question of settlements is a question for
That isn’t just Obama’s position. In the road map peace plan, the Bush
administration also called for
I do not. As I said, my views are markedly different from the Obama administration but also from the Bush administration.
I do not believe the American government should be dictating terms of peace or
settlement policy to the nation of
Under the Obama administration, American power in the region has been massively
diminished. The power vacuum that followed is now being filled by
I believe one of the most, if not the most important issue in the 2016
presidential elections will be restoring American leadership in the world. That
consists of number one, standing by our friends and allies. And number two,
standing up to our enemies. In both regards, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy
has been deeply misguided. We have proven over and over again to be an
unreliable friend to our allies under President Obama. Indeed, as I travel
abroad and meet with heads of states, foreign ministers and defense ministers of
allies across the world, the message is consistently the same, which is: “Where
And you are right, the consequence of
Reprinted with author’s permission from The Jerusalem Post
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