Comment: Ted Cruz on Foreign Policy

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Ted Cruz on Foreign Policy

(these are the best possible quotes, not 100%, but a good 98.999%)
Ted was asked his position on Iraq:

Well, i think it made sense to go in, and we stayed there too long.

My view on US Foreign Policy and on military intervention is very simple and it's the same as Ronald Reagan's. Which is that that we should use our military might only to protect the vital national security interests of the USA. Anytime we do we should use the Weinberger Doctrine: We should go in with overwhelming force, we should have a clearly stated objective, and then critically, when we're done with that, we should get the heck out of there.

I don't believe in nation building, I believe the job of the men and women in our military who bravely risk their lives to protect our freedoms is to hunt down and kill our enemies, not to build democratic utopias across the world. We don't have the money to do that, and it's not there job. And unfortunately, a lot of politicians in Washington, when we get somewhere, they want to stay rather than solving the national security threat and coming home."

Then a follow up, asking if he'd cut the defense budget to balance the budget:

I do not think that the defense budget should be used as a purpose to balance, I believe that the defense budget should be keyed on what I said (he kinda stumbled to get focused), the vital national security interests of the United States. And what does that mean.

We must stand unequivocally with the men and women of the armed forces. One of the things right now I'm most proud of is I'm representing 3 million veterans defending the mojave desert veterans memorial, which we went to the supreme court and won 5-4 on behalf of the veterans.

But I don't think, the defense budget is immune from pork. every budget cycle you see the pentagon of what the generals, admirals want for national security and members of congress add spending on top of that, and that spending added ought to be subject to higher scrutiny.

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