Forget dress shoes worn with a suit. Senator Ted Cruz laced up a pair of all black sneakers fully prepared for the long haul. Tiny sips of water quenched his mouth just enough to assist the twenty-one hour rant he provided only days ago. The mission could possibly go down as one of America’s greatest diversion operations.
Only days before the Senator from Texas took to the podium, the United States was preparing for a surgical military strike against Bashar Al Assad’s regime. Chemical weapons caused an international outrage and for at least President Obama and his administration, a “red line” was crossed.
No different than the vast majority of Americans who protest the implementation of Obamacare, a similar majority was found protesting any US military intervention in Syria.
Surely Senator Ted Cruz did not drape himself with some type of Superman cape ultimately defeating Obamacare or any future military involvement in Syria, but what he did do was fascinating.
Phone lines saturated virtually every Senator’s office across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of Americans stood behind the freshman Senator so they too could pitch one last voice to their own elected officials.
A political war not just between Democrats and Republicans but between Republicans and true Conservatives initiated.
With the voice of the American people, alarms were heard throughout the Beltway. Government funding has once again been placed in jeopardy. And, for at least the time being, main stream media virtually put a blackout on the Syrian crisis.
The Department of Defense is in financial shambles. With a fleet of US naval ships sitting off the coast of Syria, according to retired US Navy Captain Chuck Nash, the maneuver alone is costing US tax payers approximately $40 million per week– $40 million we just do not have to waste.
Should one observe the reactions by neo-con officials like Senator John McCain and Congressman Peter King, per Senator Ted Cruz’s twenty-one hour ordeal, the observation would be that such elected officials are not upset about Cruz and his anti-Obamacare rant but rather the funding issue which would have a direct impact on the entire federal government which includes the US military.
For too long, a select group of politicians like McCain and King along with many others have sought to see regime change in Syria and a select group of other nations throughout North Africa and the Middle East. They are surrounded by former military generals serving as advisors who have constantly banged their fists on the table also wishing to see these regime changes. And, such persons are not just neo-con war mongers but also include several Democrats as well.
Senator Cruz, whether knowingly or unknowingly, hit the pause button on America. His actions helped fuel the American people to rise up and take a stand challenging their elected officials. While Obamacare has not been fully prevented, signs show something positive has actually happened—we haven’t really been hearing anything about Syria for several days now—and that’s interesting considering a second “red line” was drawn yet technically not fully met when Assad initially agreed to turn over his chemical weapon stockpiles in “one week” which, as of today, was actually more than one week ago.
So far, US military intervention in Syria is on hold and that could be, in part, due to Senator Ted Cruz and the American people who support him.
Kerry Patton is author of Contracted II: America’s Terror Trackers