A Progressive administration would have the most real power to effect foreign policy. If a Democrat is elected in 2020, look out for some of these names. These choices could reset foreign policy in a way never seen in our lifetime. Foreign policy has increasingly been connected to Intelligence agencies and the erosion of civil liberties-another area a Progressive President could truly change the current regime of limitless spying.
Michael German worked for the FBI for a total of 16 years. For months he infiltrated right wing terror groups including both White Supremacists and the militia movement (a movement that unfortunately is now ascendant). His time doing so was actually made into the film Imperium. German left the agency in 2004 after reporting major incompetence in the Bureau in regards to terror cases, leaving the agency as a Whistleblower who took his findings to Congress. Position: FBI Director
Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been a tireless advocate for Immigrant rights. He was given the nickname El Gallito (the little fighting rooster) for his fiery speeches and frequent confrontations with hostile press and political enemies of progressive immigration policy. He’s criticized his own party for being to tough on Immigration and has advocated liberal policies on everything from the Dream Act to Puerto Rican statehood. Position: ICE Director
Rep. Ilhan Omar has ignited a firestorm for simply stating truths that make people uncomfortable in regards to foreign policy. Omar was simply stating the fact of the matter when she said Israel has too much influence in Washington. She’s vociferously attacked the US relationship with Saudi Arabia, and her status as a refugee gives her a unique perspective. She has an extraordinary thick skin and is a true fighter. Position: UN Delegate
William Binney worked in the intelligence community for 30 years and turned into a whistleblower, warning the public of the intelligence community. From the warnings, he was hounded by the Bush administration under the Espionage Act. Position: Director of National Intelligence
Sen. Ron Wyden has been a critic of the NSA for years and essentially succeeded in getting James Clapper to perjure himself under oath. Naturally, he’d be good heading up an intelligence agency in order to reign in it’s excesses. Position: Director of CIA
Thomas Drake was the initial NSA whistleblower before Edward Snowden. He exposed abuses in the NSA in 2005, and has experience working for the agency. He has fought institutions of immense power and won-all for the good of the American People. Position: NSA Chief
Rep. Justin Amash is a non interventionist who would be a perfect fit for an agency like The Department of Defense. He’s like if Rand Paul were actually 100% principled on civil liberties and foreign policy. Amash respects the rule of law, particularly when it comes to civil liberties abuses by the executive branch. He would be the perfect person to oversee the dismantling of excessive surveillance. Position: Sec. of Homeland Security
Rep. Ron Paul is another die-hard non interventionist. While his Libertarian economic views would make him a subpar President, his principled positions on foreign policy and civil liberties are second to none. Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 foreign policy platform is arguably the most critical take on American empire ever laid down by a candidate for President. He would be perfect on a foreign policy team. Position: Sec. of Defense
Sen. Jeff Merkley was the sole Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2016 and is among the most liberal members of the US Senate. He has experience on the Foreign Relations committee and is a strong critic of the War in Yemen. Position: Sec. of State
James Zogby founded the American Arabic Institute and has served at the highest levels of the Democratic Party for over 25 years. He is an expert on Middle East policy, particularly Israel. Position: Special envoy to the Middle East.