TED CRUZ ~ A Mouthpiece
Ted Cruz thunders about what he calls a “fundamentally unserious” U.S. defense policy, but when he had a chance to weigh in during Senate Armed Services Committee hearings, he rarely showed up.
The Texas Republican attended just three of the panel’s sixteen public hearings so far this year, according to a POLITICO review of transcripts from full committee hearings. The average committee member attended 13 of the 16 hearings, and Cruz is the only one of the panel’s 26 members with an attendance rate way below 50 percent.
Cruz missed opportunities to cross-examine the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and was absent from a session on the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay — despite being a leading opponent of President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban commanders at Guantánamo for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The freshman senator Cruz also missed opportunities to cross-examine officials about the effects of across-the-board spending cuts on military readiness and the appropriate levels of compensation for the troops.
The three sessions Cruz did attend were Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s confirmation hearing; a discussion on global security challenges, featuring testimony from Henry Kissinger and other former secretaries of state; and a budget briefing with the leaders of the Army and Air Force. His aides list him as attending a fourth hearing, a March 3rd session on the Pentagon’s budget request for next fiscal year, but Cruz does not appear on the official transcript.
“For many members it is the only opportunity to learn what is going on, because they actually care, but also because there are not many briefings” as the committee leaders, said in an interview. “It’s difficult to do everything, but these committee hearings — especially with top Pentagon officials — take top priority and are imperative to attend, if you’re serious about these issues.”
Ted Cruz “talks a lot,” a lot, about the importance of these issues but doesn’t act on them. His empty words are a reflection of most politicians today and a reminder of what we don’t want in America any longer, for that’s what got us in the mess we’re in today. Empty promises from treasonous politicians who have sold their souls and America for monetary gain.