Two Cheers for Ted Cruz

Two cheers for Ted Cruz. The Texas Senator did yesterday something all-too-rare in Washington: He corrected a mistake.

Sen. Cruz recently decided to give President Obama the authority to ram through the Congress basically any international accord he chooses to describe as a “trade agreement,” encouraging others to do the same.

But, the more the Republican presidential candidate learned about what Mr. Obama will do with this “fast-track” authority under the guise of a Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, the more Mr. Cruz decided he had erred.

Unfortunately, his own course correction didn’t stave off disaster as the Senate approved this authority by the thinnest of margins. Let’s pray more legislators will have the wisdom to reconsider – and oppose the TPP – when they are obliged to vote on it in coming weeks.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.