Newsmax reported yesterday that Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has chosen his national security team. The team includes former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent and former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy.
The article lists other members of the team:
- Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Health and Human Serves and general counsel of the National Security Agency.
- Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council.
- Retired Army Lt. General William Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council.
- Fred Fleitz, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst.
- Randy Fort, who has served in senior intelligence positions in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations.
- Frank Gaffney Jr., president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.
- Nile Gardiner, a former aide to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
- Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
- Katharine Gorka, president of the Council on Global Security.
- Steven Groves, a senior research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
- Mary Habeck, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
- Kristofer Harrison, a co-founder of the China Beige Book who once served in the George W. Bush White House.
- Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain.
- Michael Ledeen, an author who serves at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
- Clare Lopez, a vice president at the Center for Security Policy.
- Robert O’Brien, a partner at the Larson O’Brien LLP law firm in Los Angeles.
- Michael Pillsbury, who was a Reagan campaign advisor in 1980.
- Charles Stimson, the senior legal fellow and manager of National Security Law Program at the Heritage Foundation.
- Daniel Vajdich, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
- Christian Whiton, a former State Department senior advisor in the Bush administration.
There are a few of these team members I have personally met, and I am totally impressed by this team. I am impressed by the fact that this team is knowledgeable and pro-Israel. The relationship between America and Israel has been strained under President Obama, and I believe this team will work to repair that relationship. I am also impressed with the inclusion of Frank Gaffney, Jr., Clare Lopez, and Retired Army Lt. General William Boykin in this team. All of them are well-versed on the Middle East and the threat of radical Islam. This national security team would do an excellent job of handling threats to America. They are all amazing people.