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.
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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