America needs to retake its role as world leader, Ted Cruz says, and he is available to lead the charge.
The senator from Texas made his case Tuesday at a foreign policy keynote in Washington, where he admonished the Obama administration for what he said was its weakness abroad and explained what a "sound policy"—his—would look like. Hosted by Concerned Veterans for America and The Weekly Standard, the event, "What Should Modern American Foreign Policy Look Like?," seemed tailor-made as a platform for Cruz's political ambitions.
Though his language fell under the general guise of "what should be done," Cruz's speech could easily serve as a primer for the foreign policy plank of his campaign, complete with attacks on what he continued to deride as the "Obama-Clinton foreign policy."
"Unfortunately, right now, as you look across the globe, the failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy are manifest," he told the crowd, lamenting that America's ability to protect its security around the world is getting worse. "Leading from behind doesn't work. Leading from behind, we are seeing the consequences when America recedes and hides from the mantle of leadership."
Rather than let a "KGB thug" run rampant through Eastern Europe, Cruz said, the president should have immediately taken action when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea and announced that the federal government would approve all 22 pending applications to export liquefied natural gas. The senator also repeated his stance that Iran should under no circumstances be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. To stop the country's regime, he said, the approach should be "more stick, less carrot"—lifting sanctions only if Iran disassembles its centrifuges, relinquishes its entire stock of enriched uranium, and shuts down its ICBM program.