2014 FPI Forum: America in a Changing World

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America in a Changing World

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

Dr. William Kristol, Board Member, Foreign Policy Initiative (Moderator)

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Key Quotes

“We had a bipartisan delegation that went up [to the Halifax International Security Forum]. … What was striking was the unanimity of perspectives among our allies. We did a number of bilateral meetings at the margins, as is typical at these conferences. One after the other our allies would just look at us in astonishment and say, ‘Where is America? What has happened?’ Whatever the challenge was, whether it was standing up to ISIS, whether it was standing up to Iran, whether it was standing up to Russia and Putin’s aggressiveness, one after the other of our allies would say, ‘Listen, if America doesn’t lead, the world is a heck of a lot more dangerous.’"

– Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

“If you look across the globe, it is difficult to find a region of the world that is not materially worse in the last six years. It seems the whole world is on fire right now. And there’s a reason. The strategy of leading from behind doesn’t work. That is a euphemism for not leading, for running away, for withdrawing. And when America recedes from leadership in the world, that creates a vacuum, and into that vacuum we’ve seen nations step, like Iran, like Russia, like China, and that makes the world much, much more dangerous.”

– Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

“With North Korea, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, they’re radical, they’re extreme, but they’re fundamentally megalomaniacal narcissists, both father and son, which means some degree of rational deterrence is possible. Both father and son understood if they ever actually used a nuclear weapon, that day their regime would end. The danger with Iran, with [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei and the mullahs, is that when you have leaders that are animated by religious extremism, by an embrace of a fanaticism that welcomes death and glorifies suicide, the ordinary cost-benefit analysis of deterrence doesn’t play out the same way.”

– Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

“The impact of sequestration is having a serious, deleterious effect on our ability to defend our nation. … Sequestration has begun to cut into the bone, and we should not be holding military spending hostage to efforts by the administration to jack up non-defense spending.”

– Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

“We saw just a few weeks ago, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a piece with some rather stunning revelations from the administration, where you’ll recall the most titillating was an unnamed senior White House adviser referring to [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu with an epithet for poultry manure. … [Yet] the most damning part of that article was not the profane insult. The most damning part of that article was another quote by that same senior adviser saying that they considered it a great victory that they had delayed Israel from acting vis-à-vis Iran so long that they could no longer prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons arsenal.”

– Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

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