Josh Hawley is gradually turning into one of the Senate’s most underrated voices of foreign policy restraint in the Senate.
Ever since presumptive president-elect Joe Biden nominated Retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, Hawley has expressed his opposition to this pick.
He tweeted, “The Forever War caucus will love this pick.”
The Forever War caucus will love this pick https://t.co/DW5WefGsOP
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 8, 2020
Austin has an extensive military career and is a media darling for being the first African American of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and was responsible for commanding American forces in Iraq.
Like many decorated generals, Austin had a smooth transition into the military-industrial complex and has enjoyed a lucrative private sector career that most Americans would envy.
Danny Sjursen of Antiwar.com spilled the beans on Austin’s private sector background, which should lead us to believe that he will be in favor of keeping never-ending wars in place:
The real trouble, as with the entire Biden bunch, is what Gen. Austin did after leaving government. And it’s pretty grotesque. In addition to opening his own strategic consulting firm, within months of retirement Austin joined the board of Raytheon Technologies, a top-tier defense contractor. He also sits on the boards of Nucor (the largest steel producer in the US), Tenet Healthcare, and the Carnegie Corporation. The Endowment for International Peace think tank that’s generously backed by Carnegie receives additional funding from ten separate war-related government and corporate contractor agencies – including United Technologies, which, wouldn’t you know, merged with Raytheon seven months ago.
Hawley followed up in a tweet on December 8, 2020, calling out Biden’s nominee by highlighting the fact that Biden praises Austin’s focus on the Middle East while ignoring China’s geopolitical machinations:
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 8, 2020
Unlike the D.C. foreign policy blob, Hawley is able to recognize that America’s Middle Eastern conflicts have been an unmitigated disaster. If the U.S. is to be involved anywhere, it should be East Asia, where it can proactively work with its partners in the region to create a balancing coalition to keep China in check.
At this point, there is no need for another disastrous never-ending war.
Left-Wing Extremist Charged in Alleged Florida Capitol Attack Identified Soros as “Sponsor”
Daniel Alan Baker had bragged of a Soros sponsorship.
A left-wing extremist arrested and charged with a terrorist plot to confront and kidnap protestors at the Florida Capitol identified billionaire George Soros as his “sponsor” in a YouTube video. Daniel Alan Baker, 33, has been federally charged with transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure.
Baker appears to have fought overseas with a Kurdish militia group identified as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Marxist PKK. He’s an Army veteran who appears to have been discharged after going AWOL before a deployment.
Baker has been charged for an alleged plot involving a group of armed leftists surrounding pro-Trump protestors at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s unclear if right-wing protestors even intend to demonstrate at the site, and Baker’s dangerous attempt to incite an armed confrontation may never have advanced beyond speculative stages.
A “call to arms” flier seen on Baker’s YouTube channel calls for Florida residents to surround supposed “racists” and to “trap them inside” the State Capitol, advocating for the kidnapping of supposed Inauguration demonstrators.
In a YouTube video calling for doxxing attempts on individuals present at the raucous US Capitol riot, Baker brags of having acquired the globalist oligarch as a “sponsor,” implying that the megabillionaire had provided him with an “antifa card.”
Baker’s remarks may have been hyperbole, intentionally seeking to draw attention from critics of the Hungarian-born liberal kingpin.
A charging affidavit also alleges that Baker advocated for the assassination of United States military officers on his YouTube channel, a threat that could potentially incur even more serious criminal charges.
The FBI believes that Baker intended to assassinate Turkish military personnel training in the United States, and that he was on the scene during Seattle’s Capital Hill Autonomous Zone anarchist rebellion. Baker identified himself as a “hardcore leftist” on his personal social media, as well, urging his followers to “prepare for war” after the November 3rd election.
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