Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Democrat President Joe Biden during an interview with The Daily Wire this week over his handling of foreign policy and national security matters.
“Literally, every region on Earth has gotten markedly worse since Joe Biden became president and worse from the perspective of U.S. national security,” Cruz said. “Biden combines radical leftist ideology with manifest incompetence. And it’s a toxic brew, last seen with Jimmy Carter, and the debacle of foreign policy that unfolded under his disastrous administration, Biden’s administration in just a year is already worse than Jimmy Carter.”
Biden systematically undermines our friends and allies and Biden systematically shows weakness and appeasement to our enemies. Last year, when the Biden administration disastrously withdrew from Afghanistan, surrendering to the Taliban, abandoning Americans behind enemy lines, abandoning the Bagram Air Base before the evacuation, which resulted in 13 American servicemen and women being murdered by terrorists released as the direct result of the Biden administration’s incompetence. That catastrophe had enormous consequences in Afghanistan. But the consequences were felt around the world. Every enemy of America looked to the Oval Office and took the measure of the man in the Oval Office. And they concluded that Joe Biden is weak, feckless, and utterly ineffective. And as a result of the disaster in Afghanistan, the chances of a Russian invasion of Ukraine increased tenfold, the chances of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan increased tenfold. The enemies of America have determined that the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces is too weak to do a damn thing about their hostile intentions. And as a result, those hostile intentions are far more likely to manifest in hostile activity. The left believes in appeasement. There is a reason that nobody studies at the Neville Chamberlain School of Foreign Affairs. Appeasement doesn’t work and it’s provocative. Appeasement increases the chances of military conflict, because bullies and tyrants are far more likely to engage in bad conduct in the face of weakness. I believe in peace through strength. It is worth asking, why did Russia not invade Ukraine in 2017? Why did Russia not invade Ukraine in 2018, in 2019, in 2020? And the answer is we had a president, we had a commander in chief who they didn’t want to mess with.
Cruz’s remarks on Biden’s foreign policy decisions come as Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border in what many believe is a likely imminent invasion.
Cruz pointed to two major decisions by the Biden-Harris administration that he says have directly put Europe on the brink of war: the administration’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan and Biden lifting sanctions on Nord Stream 2.
Putin has long wanted to invade Ukraine. Putin has been very candid, he has described the dissolution of the Soviet Union as in his view, the most disastrous geopolitical event of the 20th century. And his ambitions have long been to reassemble the Soviet Union. He yearns for what he sees as the days of Soviet greatness. If you’re going to reassemble the Soviet Union, the first and most important part is Ukraine, the breadbasket of the former Soviet Union, Putin has invaded Ukraine before. He did so in 2014, he invaded Crimea. But he stopped short, he didn’t invade the entirety of the country, and the reason he didn’t is because he needs Ukrainian energy infrastructure. Russia’s major export is natural gas and oil, and that natural gas goes right through the middle of Ukraine on pipelines. If he invaded Ukraine, he risks damaging or destroying that energy infrastructure, which would mean that he could not get his natural gas to market in Europe. Accordingly, the next year in 2015, Putin began building a pipeline called Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline that goes directly from Russia to Germany, designed to circumvent Ukraine so he could march into Ukraine and not risk getting his gas to market.
Cruz has repeatedly criticized Biden over Nord Stream 2, saying that Biden was “shaping up to be the most pro-Russia administration of the modern era,” adding at a later date: “We always knew Biden was in bed with Putin, now they’re spooning.”
Cruz said that Democrats voting against a new sanctions bill from him earlier this year has put Europe on the verge of war. “The U.S. military has advised Congress that Europe is in the greatest jeopardy that it has been since 1945,” Cruz said. “That’s the result of Biden’s weakness.”
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