The newest establishment darling of the Right, US Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), has rushed to John McCain’s defense after he was hammered by President Trump for colluding with the deep state and the Democratic Party to undo lawful results of the 2016 elections.
Crenshaw, who has already earned the moniker McCain 2.0, has been one of the most vocal critics of Trump’s non-interventionist foreign policy. Crenshaw clearly favors a more hawkish, belligerent foreign policy approach similar to that of the late Arizona maverick.
There is just no reason to be talking about Senator McCain after he has passed. He is not your poltical enemy Mr. President.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 21, 2019
Crenshaw is recycling the old neocon era line that “we have to fight them over there so we don’t fight them over here” that made the George W. Bush administration such a laughingstock over a decade ago.
The situation in Syria does not warrant complete withdrawal. We can’t effectively maintain security or intelligence collection from Iraqi bases.
We go there so that they don’t come here, it’s that simple. Hold the line.https://t.co/bAbX8CtpEL
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 1, 2019
@RandPaul is giving the President bad advice.
There are those of us who have sacrificed for our nation, who know the importance of this terrorist threat and the need to stay vigilant.
We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple. https://t.co/L2rYvzSUYj
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 17, 2019
Crenshaw has issued several op-eds through the mainstream media to counter-signal the President and his foreign policy directives. Shortly after Trump announced he was removing troops from Syria, Crenshaw wrote a piece for the Washington Post that closely echoed the McCain “100 years” approach of endless war.
He actually brought up Osama bin Laden, who was built up with US military backing to fight the Soviets in an Afghan proxy war, as a reason to meddle in the Middle East. We need to create more Osamas to stop the Osamas of the world, Crenshaw seems to believe.
The Texas Representative claims falsely that Obama pulled the plug on Iraq when that never actually happened, and it was this non-event – not the unconstitutional neocon-led invasions – that caused so much calamity in the Middle East. This talking point may be convenient for partisan Republicans wishing to whitewash GOP complicity in creating havens for Islamic terrorism abroad, but it does not match up with the reality of the situation.
Crenshaw also conveniently neglected to mention how regime change operations in Iraq and Libya created the power vacuum in the first place allowing groups like ISIS to rise.
It was only after President Trump cut off Obama’s policies of supporting Islamic terror groups in Syria that ISIS could be crushed. Stopping the meddling is what achieved the results, not intervention like Crenshaw claims. The same goes for North Korea where Trump is achieving the impossible through engagement and diplomacy.
Crenshaw’s military service record is admirable, and he does seem to have Trump’s back on the immigration issue. The man is undeniably an American hero, but when it comes to foreign policy, he is much more in line with neocons Bush and McCain than he is with Trump and his ‘America First’ agenda.
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