Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has emerged from relative obscurity to become a “conservative” rising star in the Trump era. The 34-year-old former Navy Seal who lost an eye serving his country fighting in Afghanistan, he rose as a national figure after appearing on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ preaching unity after being trashed on the program the week prior.
“We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other,” Crenshaw said at the time.
Now that he is a duly elected member of Congress, it is becoming clear what Crenshaw hopes to unify the country around: Endless War.
Crenshaw penned an op/ed on Sunday with neocon talk show host Mike Gallagher in the Wall Street Journal where he re-hashed many of the same tired tropes used by now deceased former Sen. John McCain to promote costly military interventions overseas.
“These troops are not victims. They are volunteer soldiers, part of America’s warrior class, who believe in what they are fighting for. They have seen the true nature of this enemy and know it cannot be wooed into submission by simply leaving it alone,” Crenshaw wrote.
Crenshaw would go on to essentially endorse a US military empire permanently occupying the Middle East ad infinitum under the Bush-era rationale that we have to fight the terrorists over there to stop them from coming over here.
“In truth, mission success in the Middle East means preventing another 9/11. America’s troops risk everything to take the fight to the enemy so that the enemy cannot bring the fight here,” Crenshaw wrote.
While giving some credit to President Trump’s measured foreign policy that has hit the “right balance,” Crenshaw urged a continued troop presence in Syria – where ISIS has been all but defeated – and Afghanistan, the graveyard for empires where the US has already been fighting a bloody war for 17 years.
“We strongly urge the president to maintain an appropriate military presence in both Syria and Afghanistan. The disastrous consequences of a premature and precipitous withdrawal haunted the previous administration, and America cannot afford to make the same mistake again,” Crenshaw said.
The facts don’t seem to back up Crenshaw’s pro-war narrative. Trump’s predecessor Barack Hussein Obama added a US troop presence in Syria and launched a disastrous intervention in Libya. It was because of these foreign policy blunders that ISIS and other extremists gained so much ground. After Trump stopped Obama’s CIA program to arm Islamic radicals shortly after becoming President, the situation in Syria stabilized and peace is now achievable.
President Trump was elected after talking about the Iraq War being a nightmare on the campaign trail and rejecting the belligerent orthodoxy that had failed the GOP and America for so long.
I opposed going into Iraq. Hillary voted for it. As with everything else she's supported, it was a DISASTER. https://t.co/Um5WJXWfBZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2016
While patriots may be impressed by Crenshaw’s impeccable military record and his show of class after being heckled, his ideological underpinnings are much more similar to John McCain or George W. Bush than they are to Donald J. Trump. His foreign policy suggestions, if followed, would turn back the clock on much of the progress Trump has made toward peace abroad.
Josh Hawley Introduces Resolution Against China’s New National Security Law to Punish Hong Kong
Hawley is focusing intently on the red menace.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a resolution on Thursday to oppose China’s new national security law meant to punish Hong Kong and quash their ongoing rebellion against the totalitarian communist state.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 21, 2020
Hawley has long been an advocate of Hong Kong freedom protesters throughout their struggle against Chinese tyranny, which has been sidelined in large part due to the ever-so-convenient Wuhan virus outbreak. Hawley visited Hong Kong last year to talk to the people on the ground and gave a rousing floor speech highlighting their historic struggle.
He said during his speech: “I want to share something that the reverend Chu Yiu-ming said about liberty about democracy. He says it so beautifully. These are his words: “We strive for democracy because democracy strives for freedom and equality and universal love. Political freedom is more than loyalty to a state. Political freedom professes human dignity. Every single person living in a community possesses unique potentials and unique powers capable of making a unique contribution to society.”’
“That’s extraordinary and he’s exactly right, and Hongkonger’s know it, and that’s what they’re standing for, and that’s what they’re fighting for,” Hawley added. “And, Mr. President, the people of Hong Kong deserve our support, and they are depending on our support.”
China announced yesterday that they were passing a edict meant to crush dissent in Hong Kong, with no input allowed from the city itself. China has paid lip service regarding Hong Kong’s autonomy for decades, but they are now removing the facade completely.
“Beijing has opted for the most risky route,” said Ho-Fung Hung, who works as a professor of international relations for Johns Hopkins University. “It will show the world that ‘one country, two systems’ is, if not already over, almost over.”
“It will be very difficult for anyone, especially the United States, to say Hong Kong is still autonomous and viable,” Hung added.
China is denying that they are taking control over Hong Kong and putting out communist propaganda that their Draconian power-grab will actually improve relations.
“We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems,’ ” said Wang Yang, leader of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which convenes every year to advise the Chinese government.
“We will continue to support the improvement of the implementation of the systems and mechanisms of the constitution and Basic Law,” he added.
It is unlikely that anyone is willing to believe the Chinese lip service at this point. Hawley is also calling on the globalist United Nations to pass a resolution condemning China’s behavior as well.
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