Ted Cruz’s Advisers are Neocons, Cartel VIPs
She [America] goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. – John Quincy Adams
It is always disappointing when someone with loads of potential gets seduced by charlatans who promise him the world. Senator Ted Cruz is someone who appears to have fallen under the spell of a particular group of charlatans within the Washington cartel, neocons. What Cruz doesn’t realize is that he is sabotaging his presidential campaign by aligning himself with warmongering crony capitalists.
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Here is a list of Cruz’s advisers, with brief biographies of their neoconservative and crony capitalist credentials:
Chad Sweet. Sweet is Cruz’s campaign chairman. Sweet is a cartel triple threat because he works or has worked on Wall Street, K Street, and as a Beltway bureaucrat in the Bush 43 (Bush) administration. According to his Linkedin page, his current position is with the Chertoff Group where he is the CEO and a Co-Founder.
Sweet co-founded the Chertoff Group with former Bush and Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. The Chertoff Group is an investment bank and global advisory group, which means it handles investments for millionaires and billionaires while lobbying politicians in DC. Sweet and Chertoff have a lot of Beltway connections and access to politicians and bureaucrats that can assist their clients. The Chertoff Group peddles influence in the same way the Clintons use their foundation to peddle influence to the highest bidders.
Cruz talks a lot about restoring freedom, but he has surrounded himself with people like Chad Sweet, who advocate for unconstitutional, government actions. In November 2014, Cruz co-sponsored the USA Freedom Act, which was meant to stop the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). In a speech Cruz gave in Austin, Texas, he stated, “One of the most troubling things we have seen in recent years is an expansion of federal government authority into surveilling American citizens. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act.” Sweet disagrees with Cruz.
After Edward Snowden had leaked details of the NSA’s surveillance and data collection practices, Sweet came to the agency’s defense, which is not surprising since he was working for the NSA when the agency started ignoring the Fourth Amendment. Cruz and Sweet seem to be at odds with each other when it comes to the Fourth Amendment and NSA surveillance and data collection practices.
Victoria Coates. According to Coates’s Linkedin page, she is Cruz’s policy adviser for national security. Her policy advice on national security is the spread of democracy around the world by U.S. military intervention. Her views on foreign policy were formed while rubbing elbows with neocon elites like Donald Rumsfeld and Rick Perry. Her bio on Infogram reads:
Having served as director of research for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and as an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Coates has a track record of supporting neoconservative foreign policy. In 2012, she was an advisor to Rick Perry, whose campaign was in support of sending troops back into Iraq.
Conservatives are not interested in warmongering and nation-building, so the presence of Coates on Cruz’s campaign team is troubling at best. Conservatives are not interested in using the U.S. military to topple regimes to force the neocon version of democracy on the conquered.
James Woolsey. Woolsey served as a national security specialist and Director of the CIA in the Clinton administration. Woolsey is currently a national security adviser for Cruz. Woolsey is also the Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a founding member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; both organizations are neoconservative think tanks.
Woolsey has made headlines for his harsh words regarding Edward Snowden and his irrational claim hours after the September 11th terrorist attack that Iraq was responsible for it; he didn’t stop with the September 11th attack, he took his warmongering a step further by claiming that Iraq was responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing. Woolsey really disliked Saddam Hussein, or did he have an ulterior motive?
Woolsey stood to gain from the wars he advocated as a senior government adviser. During his continuous urging for regime change in Iraq, he was working for two private companies doing business in Iraq, and was a partner in a company that invested in firms that provided security and anti-terrorism services.
Before the Iraq War, Woolsey was a founding member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an NGO set up at the request of the Bush administration to assist in building public support for the war in Iraq. Woolsey used his status as a member of the Washington cartel to push for military action in Iraq and influence the rewarding of government contracts.
Woolsey is a war profiteer and a VIP in the Washington cartel. If Cruz wants to break up the Washington cartel, he can start by distancing himself from the warmongering crony capitalist, James Woolsey.
There are other neoconservatives advising Cruz on foreign policy issues, including Elliot Abrams and John Bolton.
The safe assumption is that Cruz chose the aforementioned neocons because of their experience inside the Beltway. Unfortunately, his advisers’ vast experience is in growing the size of the federal government and imperialism.
The neocons Cruz has chosen to surround himself with are some of the same people who hijacked George W. Bush’s presidency. The invasion of Iraq was the result of neocon ideas that Bush did not bring with him to the White House but to which he was converted in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11th. Ideas have consequences, and the ideas neocons propose are poison for Cruz and America.
H/T: The New American and Infogram