While most people are doing backflips after the ouster of disgraced neocon John Bolton from the Trump administration, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is dismayed because of the firing due to fears that his replacement may not be sufficiently hawkish toward Iran.
Bolton was fired on Tuesday as national security advisor after he disagreed strongly with President Trump over his policy of engagement with political leaders in Afghanistan, including the Taliban. Cruz is worried that his dismissal may result in a shift toward diplomacy by the Trump administration.
“John Bolton is a friend, and he has devoted his life to defending our national security, including providing wise counsel to multiple administrations,” Cruz wrote to start a Twitter thread about the need for the U.S. to stay aggressively involved in the Middle East.
Cruz is invoking conspiracy theories about the deep state to pressure President Trump into maintaining a neocon foreign policy regarding Iran.
“I sincerely hope his leaving the White House does not mean that the deep-state forces at State and Treasury—who have been fighting tooth and nail to preserve the Obama Iran nuclear deal—have finally convinced the president to go soft on Iran,” Cruz wrote.
“Relaxing the maximum pressure strategy, which is succeeding in dramatically weakening the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, would be an enormous mistake,” he added.
In actuality, crippling economic sanctions are literally killing ordinary people and engendering more hatred toward the United States while rallying Iranians around the Islamic regime. The U.S. and Iran were on the verge of war months ago, as the situation has deteriorated rapidly because of the bellicose approach approved by Bolton.
“Additionally, enabling Europe to send an economic lifeline to the Ayatollah would return to Obama’s failed foreign policy and undo the single greatest national security victory of the Trump Administration,” Cruz wrote.
While Cruz may want to Trump to govern as if he is George W. Bush, Trump realizes that he was put into the White House to end wars not start new ones. He remains open to diplomacy with Iran, and is willing to meet with their leaders.
“It could happen. It could happen. No problem with me,” Trump said to reporters outside of the White House on Monday about the possibility of talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Trump has enlisted an authentic constitutional lawmaker – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – to act as a peace envoy to stop a potential war with Iran.
“It really takes a statesman to show restraint amidst a chorus of voices for war,” Paul said to Martha MacCallum of Fox News, praising the President’s temperament pertaining to foreign policy.
Bolton’s firing has shown who really supports “America First” and who is in the pocket of the military-industrial complex. President Trump stands on the right side of history with Sen. Paul while Lyin’ Ted is exposed yet again as a sanctimonious phony.