Conservative polemicist Monica Crowley has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as his deputy national security adviser, succeeding Ben Rhodes, who was instrumental in crafting President Barack Obama's failed foreign policy.
"I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful to be asked by the President-elect to join the extraordinary national security team he is assembling," Crowley said in a statement. "With vision, courage and moral clarity, he is committed fully to re-establishing America's singular place in the world. He is also committed to selecting the best people for the jobs of keeping the American people safe and the country secure. It will be a great privilege to serve with them."
Here are seven things you need to know about Crowley.
1. Crowley worked for Richard Nixon. Crowley's interest in foreign policy was piqued through a political science professor she had at Colgate University, who lent her Richard Nixon's book 1999: Victory Without War, leading Crowley to write a letter to Nixon about his foreign policy. Nixon invited her to discuss foreign policy, and eventually Crowley worked for him in 1990 and became a close advisor to the former president.
2. Crowley has since been a commentator. Crowley has been an analyst on Fox News for years and used to co-host MSNBC's Coast To Coast. Crowley has also been a radio host and online opinion editor for the Washington Times. Her contract with Fox News has now ended with her pending role as Trump's deputy national security adviser. Crowley is also on the Council of Foreign Relations.
3. Crowley has been fiercely critical of the Iran deal. "Of the countless dangerous and destructive things this president has done, this deal is the worst of all," Crowley wrote for the Washington Times in 2015. "Mr. Obama’s primary job is to protect and defend the American people from all enemies foreign and domestic, and yet he has now given a green light to Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons. That’s why it’s now up to us to fight this potential death sentence for the West and Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East."
Given that there are already signs of Trump waffling on destroying the Iran deal, Crowley's voice should help ensure the deal's demise.
4. Crowley has also been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Crowley wrote in 2015 that Putin is intent on protecting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad because of oil and disputed the notion that Putin was fighting ISIS:
Under the pretext of defeating ISIS, Mr. Putin has sent Russian special forces into Syria and Iraq and is preparing to introduce up to 150,000 ground troops. The elite troops are not there to simply provide security but to call in airstrikes and carry out covert missions against the western-backed, anti-Assad rebels, so that eventually Mr. Putin can argue accurately that the choice in Syria is between Mr. Assad and ISIS. Pick one.
The Russian campaign against ISIS also puts the lie to Mr. Obama’s fairytale claim that he’s fighting the terrorists aggressively; Moscow is accomplishing in a few weeks what Mr. Obama hasn’t been willing to accomplish in over a year.
Further, Russia’s air defense missiles are in Syria for a purpose other than the mere protection of the Assad regime. When Washington was given less than an hour’s warning that the Kremlin was imposing, in effect, a no-fly zone in Syria and Mr. Obama had no response, Mr. Putin pressed on, ordering Russian warships in the Caspian Sea to fire long-range cruise missiles. These are warning shots to his deeper target, Riyadh.
Russia is surrounding Saudi Arabia with weapons, combat troops and alliances, including with Egypt and Israel, designed to make Riyadh an offer it can’t refuse: cut production so prices rise or else.
Leftist news sites have pounced on this tweet from Crowley:
I guess Putin is going to have to do it. RT "State Dept Won’t Release Clinton Fdn Emails for 27 Months https://t.co/mnECDBYdX0— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) June 30, 2016
This doesn't necessarily mean that Crowley has had a change of heart on Putin:
Meanwhile, Putin is having a ball-> RT "Russia taunts US with biggest military offensive since the Cold War" https://t.co/SVlmait5Fr— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 20, 2016
Overall, Crowley seems to understand Putin's thuggish, KGB mindset. In light of Trump selecting a pro-Putin secretary of state, Crowley's voice should provide a buffer against the Putin propagandists Trump administration.
5. Crowley has suggested that Huma Abedin has ties to Saudi Arabia. Crowley told Fox News's Sean Hannity in August that the longtime Hillary Clinton confidant's parents have been "essentially tools of the Saudi regime." There is certainly evidence to suggest this, as the Daily Wire has explained here.
6. Crowley is against Obama's refugee program. Also in 2015, Crowley wrote in the Washington Times that most of the refugees aren't actually fleeing the turmoil in Syria but taking advantage of open borders to spread Islamic jihad.
"Only about 10 percent of the new arrivals are from Syria; the other 90 percent are from elsewhere in the Middle East, North Africa and countries like Pakistan and Indonesia who are using the European Union’s open doors-open borders policy to reach the West for social welfare and the longer-term goal of spreading Islam," Crowley wrote.
Crowley also warned that Europe is almost at "the point of no return," and the U.S. could soon reach that point if they bring in vast amounts of refugees.
7. Crowley wrote a tweet about the Berlin Wall in 2015 that raised eyebrows.
At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work. pic.twitter.com/2N3B4IUhbj— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 5, 2015
She later clarified the tweet:
For those of you who have missed the point, this is what remains of the Berlin Wall. pic.twitter.com/XwGZLfSQeT— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 5, 2015
(H/T: Daily Beast)