Ted Cruz’s Neocon Problem

Ted Cruz has been trying to market himself as an acceptable alternative to Rand Paul for liberty minded voters who are looking for a champion in the 2016 election. Recently the publishing of an info graphic by former Liberty Iowa Executive Director Adil Khan and myself brought some very important questions to light regarding Ted Cruz’s foreign policy inner circle. Liberty voters should be seriously concerned by Cruz’s advisory team, as it threatens to be the most war like advisory team since the George W Bush defense department.

This cast of characters should truly horrify any person who cares about civil liberties or a non interventionist foreign policy. It includes a Chertoff group cofounder as a campaign manager, CFR and George W Bush administration members as foreign policy advisors, and enough cringe worthy quotes to fill a short book. Take a look for yourself.

Just to review, in that group of advisers you have a man who called for Edward Snowden to be hanged, a man who wants to bomb Iran, a campaign manager who cofounded a group with Michael Chertoff (who co-authored the Patriot Act), multiple CFR members and ubiquitous connections to the Bush administration. This group of advisers should preclude Ted Cruz from consideration for the votes of liberty activists. Part of believing in individual liberty and the constitution is rejecting the sort of war like posture embodied by the neocons, and Cruz has instead embraced the very worst members of that group. Our job as a movement is to defeat the neocons, not trust their advice on the most pressing issues of our day. Ted Cruz’s goals clearly do not line up with those of the liberty movement.

Rocco Lucente is the Editor-at-Large of The Liberty Conservative as well as the chairman of the Town of Ulysses GOP and a county coordinator of Campaign For Liberty in New York.


  1. – Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz –
    *Cruz served as a law clerk to J. Michael Luttig, US Court of Appeals and William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the US in 1996
    *1997 – 1998 Cruz worked at a private firm, one of his duties as private council to John Boehner.
    *Cruz joined the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 1999
    *After President Bush took office, Cruz served in the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. FTC
    *Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008.
    *From 2008, up to 2013 (when he was sworn in as a US Senator) Cruz worked for a corporate law firm representing big corporations.
    After a career of mostly government positions, Cruz claims he’s an “outsider”.
    Seriously? An outsider? Outside what?

  2. How do we know that any of this is true? How do we know you are telling the truth? You did not tell us how you discovered that list of Neo-Cons were advisers to Ted Cruz. You just told us what the list is, and left it for the reader to conclude that you did some research to discover that these men were indeed hired by Ted Cruz to advise him on these matters. But you gave us no references for how or where you discovered this information. And IF they are indeed in any way connected to Ted Cruz, how do you know that he is automatically going to follow their advise? You are making a great deal of assumptions and jumping to conclusions with out offering any objective proof of the claims you are making. For all we know, you made up the list of Neo Cons and decided to claim they are advising Ted Cruz. Sorry, but I don’t believe you. First of all, I know nothing about you. But I know plenty about Ted Cruz. I know that he is a man of honor and integrity. I know that he would rather lose from telling the truth that win from telling lies. I know he is a man of complete conviction and will never back down and waver on his beliefs. Until you offer something more than just a claim in writing, with most of your readers falling for the usual mindless mindset that if it is in writing, it must be true! Nope. I don’t buy it. If I am wrong, fine. I have no agenda of needing to be right. IF I am wrong, I will admit I am wrong and proudly admit and promote it. But in the mean time, I do not believe you, and will need a lot more proof than just your written statements to convince me.

    • You could just look it up yourself. Have you ever heard of Google. For example. http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-23/ted-cruz-tea-party-hawk

      ” When asked which foreign policy experts he trusts, he named three: John Bolton, ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush; Elliott Abrams, who served in top foreign policy posts under Bush and President Ronald Reagan; and former CIA director James Woolsey, a hawkish Democrat. “

      • I could look it up, but I’m not the one writing the article or making the claim. You are, and as a responsible journalist/writer, you should give us your sources, not just make a claim!

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