By Joshua Cook
26 November 2014
Texas Senator Ted Cruz thinks that Joe Lieberman is a suitable replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Cruz called the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option. President Barack Obama hasn’t named a proposed replacement for Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday.
“One strong option would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a member of the president’s own party with deep experience and unshakable commitment to the security of the United States,” Cruz said. “I urge the president to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.”
Lieberman has very similar foreign policy as Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The three men have been called the “Three Amigos.”
Lieberman retired from Congress in 2012 and was once the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000.
Many libertarian and conservative supporters were shocked that Cruz would want a neocon like Lieberman to replace Hagel.
Rare Liberty, ran by Jack Hunter, posted a rebuke on its Facebook page: “This is as bad as saying John McCain or Lindsey Graham would be a good defense secretary. A huge slap in the face by Cruz to any libertarian who ever supported him. Right now, I’m ashamed I did.”
For many libertarian Republicans and Independent voters, this move by Cruz is making Sen. Rand Paul a more attractive choice for 2016.
For those who don’t want endless wars, Rand Paul’s “Conservative Realism” maybe more appealing. Rand’s philosophy falls between his father Ron Paul’s non-interventionism and the neocons like Lieberman, McCain, and Graham. Well, I guess I would include Cruz in that group now too.
As reported by BenSwann.com’s Rachel Blevins, Senator Rand Paul is calling for a Declaration of War resolution against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
His father would have tried to stop the CIA from funding and arming ISIS in the first place. I say let Ron Paul be the next Defense Secretary!