One of the aspects that very few are talking about when it comes to the results of the 2018 midterm elections are the ramifications on foreign policy. Trade agreements are ratified through the US Senate. But what will be the focus of the new leadership of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (potential new Chairman Eliot Engel, D-NY), or even the House Armed Services Committee (potential new Chairman Adam Smith, D-WA)? I think we all know what potential new Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Adam Schiff, will deem his focus.
We previously wrote a piece about those in the Middle East banking on a Democrat ascension to power in both the House and Senate during the midterms. As a matter of fact, we had former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, advising the Fatah leadership, PLO, to just wait out President Trump and not to pay attention to their foreign policy agenda. I remember during the time Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House under President George W. Bush, she traveled to Syria and had a sit down with Bashar al-Assad.
Who will be leading key foreign affairs committee subcommittees? Maybe it will be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Or possibly it could be Minnesota’s recently elected Ilhan Omar, who has some interesting anti-Semitic associations?
Maybe the House Democrats want to have a “reset” with Russia? Maybe the House Democrats want to have more “strategic patience” when it comes to North Korea? Maybe the House Democrats will prefer that we “lead from behind” with our foreign policy agenda, and not advocate for peace through strength? Will we see a return to more social engineering as the focus for our military and the budget for our forces more targeted towards breastfeeding pumps, or lethal capability and capacity for our troops?
I can’t wait to see the first hearings conducted by the new Democrat-controlled House for the Secretary of State, Defense Secretary, and Homeland Security Secretary. Their line of inquiry will tell us all we need to know about the focus.
Maybe there are those who already believe that they have friends in the new House Democrat-controlled House of Representatives..nd are starting to act out accordingly?
As reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT):
“A rocket assault on southern Israel by an Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist faction in the Gaza Strip is the latest reminder of the Islamic Republic’s long reach, and the ability of Iran’s armed proxies to destabilize multiple parts of the Middle East.
The rocket attack, which targeted southern Israeli villages at the end of October, sent civilians fleeing for cover, and was conducted by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the second largest armed organization in Gaza. PIJ receives funding from Tehran and pledges full ideological allegiance to Iran’s radical Shi’ite regime – the only Sunni Palestinian organization to do so.
The Israeli air force struck nearly 100 targets in Gaza in retaliation. The attack was something both Iran and the PIJ leadership at its Damascus, Syria, headquarters wanted, Israeli officials said. PIJ claimed the attack was a response to the deaths of five Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in weekly Friday border disturbances. But it appears more likely that PIJ used the incident as an opportunity to transmit a warning about its ability – and the ability of its sponsor, Iran – to plunge Israel and Gaza into war.
PIJ sent this warning just as Egypt was mediating between Israel and Hamas to create a long-term truce arrangement in Gaza. The incident underscores the fact that PIJ and its estimated 10,000 operatives remain the most unpredictable actor in the Gaza Strip, and that Iran has the ability to set the area alight. PIJ’s leadership in Damascus, Beirut, and Gaza, or any one of the terror group’s local operatives in Gaza, acting independently on a whim, can spark a new destructive escalation.
Hamas, itself a radical Islamist entity, is struggling to balance between its commitment to armed conflict and terrorism against Israel, and its role as a sovereign ruler of Gaza, with territory and power to lose. PIJ, on the other hand, has no such dilemmas.”
Shall we see hearings that will condemn Israel for striking back? Does that mean the House Democrats will look at sanctions against Israel? Let’s be honest: the anti-Israel voices on Capitol Hill do not emanate from the GOP side of the aisle. Maybe there will be a hearing on moving the US Embassy back out of Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. After all, that offends the Islamic jihadists.
Oh boy, you know that National Security Adviser, John Bolton, can expect many a call to Capitol Hill to stand before the Sanhedrin, the progressive socialist leftist Pharisees.
There is no doubt that the new House majority will seek to undermine the Trump administrations domestic policies. Namely, they will seek to extort more spending on pet domestic policies and of course, punish the wealthy. Funny, after these midterm elections I think the party of the rich, the wealthy, is the Democrat party. After all, who just throws away hundreds of millions of dollars to barely create an electoral ripple? Lest I digress, I think we ponder more about the national security and foreign policy agenda of this new Democrat House majority.
It is true, there is still a GOP held Senate, but you can expect shenanigans and a kabuki theater of the utterly absurd on the House side. Any and every foreign policy and national security decision will be challenged, questioned, and held up for a hearing. Yes, that is part of our system of checks and balances, but when things were going to hell in a handbasket with Barack Obama and his multiple foreign policy blunders and debacles, Democrats said nothing.
I understand that there can be very distinct differences on domestic policies when it comes to progressive socialists and constitutional conservatives. However, when it comes to foreign policy and our national security…we should all be on one accord.
Well, that is if you believe in American strength, sovereignty, and steadfast commitment to our allies.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.