President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet election shows he is re-engaging with the Obama administration’s “catastrophic” foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, Michael Waltz MP R-Fla warned on Monday.
“These are DC insider selections,” Waltz said in “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.”
“At the end of the day, it’s a huge setback to the Obama years,” said Waltz, an officer in the Army National Guard Special Forces and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. “It puts the old band back in place, and what worries me is the really bad policy that I think a lot of people have forgotten about.”
Biden previously announced on Monday that he will nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security and Avril Hains as Director of National Intelligence.
SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE STATE PICK BLINKEN CRITICIZED IN THE IRAW WAR, WITH CONSULTATIVE WORK
The president-elect has announced that former Secretary of State John Kerry will also be the special envoy for the climate and a member of the National Security Council – the first time the NSC has recruited an official dedicated to climate change. Kerry’s position is not a cabinet post.
Biden also announced that 43-year-old Jake Sullivan will be appointed White House National Security Adviser, making him one of the youngest people to serve in this role for decades.
Waltz argued that Biden had “made it clear” that his administration would “return to catastrophic Iran [nuclear] business.”
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“Iran and the Iranian threat were what pushed Israel and the Arab states together,” Waltz explained, adding that the selections “represent this basic philosophy we have seen from Obama, Biden and his team: if we are kind to everyone, if we stretch our hand, as he said in his second inaugural speech, everyone will be kind to us.
“And whether Russia is crossing the South China Sea in Crimea and Ukraine, China – let’s not forget that he was with Biden when he was pushed hard to get out of Iraq too soon and ISIS all over It was charged in Europe by  Pulse nightclub [attack in Orlando] … so I by no means want to go back to these years.