“I recognize that Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country. He may have been tired of war, but our enemies are not tired of killing us. And they’re getting stronger.” – Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has long been a strident critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, which is likely why he continues to poll among the top 3 or 4 candidates in the GOP race for the presidential nomination even though he is far and away the most conservative candidate in the race. Cruz has been consistent, vocal and secure in his foreign policy vision and that vision stands in stark contrast to the one that Obama has used to decimate our planet.
In the aftermath of the Muslim terror attacks on Paris (and President Obama’s insistence that he had ISIS “contained”), Senator Cruz spoke to the students at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina about what has been one of the biggest failures of the Obama administration.
“I recognize that Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country. He may have been tired of war, but our enemies are not tired of killing us. And they’re getting stronger.”
Sadly, instead of working to defend our nation from the Islamist threat, president Obama and his liberal allies plan to put us all in danger by accepting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Cruz argued that America can be kind, benevolent and supportive without opening ourselves up to attack from the Muslim radicals we are fighting. Instead of taking in thousands of refugees, Cruz pushed for the government to help resettle them in other majority Muslim Middle Eastern nations, while allowing Christian refugees asylum in the USA because they face persecution in Muslim nations.
Cruz then went on to pray for the families of the victims of the Paris attack and for President Obama and other world leaders who are even now being forced to make some very difficult decisions and important plans.
“We ask that our leaders understand this is not some random, ill-defined random extremism, this evil, radical Islamic terrorism needs to be called out what it is, and it needs to be defeated… radical Islamic terrorism… a malevolent force that right now, as we speak, is persecuting Christians, is persecuting Jews, is even persecuting fellow Muslims. … This is an evil that must be confronted.”
Cruz continued by saying that while we must confront the evils of radical Islam, that doesn’t mean a full-scale, “boots on the ground” war effort in the Middle East.
“That doesn’t mean we should be sending our sons and daughters to invade foreign countries and stay there forever and engage in nation building trying to turn Iraq into Switzerland. That’s not what our objective should be.”
“We have boots on the ground. The Kurds are our boots on the ground. We ought to be arming the Kurds and using overwhelming air power…”
Even as he delivers this hard-hitting confrontational speech, you can see Cruz threading the needle that is presidential politics. In the 4th GOP presidential debate last week, Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio went head-to-head with two opposing views of the future of American foreign policy, showcasing the diversity of opinion which exists in the GOP on this topic. Cruz attempted to offer a 3rd way that took the road between the libertarian non-interventionist and the neocon war-hawk (not that Rubio is a neocon, other than military spending and amnesty he has shown himself to be far more fiscally conservative small-government oriented than the traditional neocon). Cruz’s vision continues to showcase a strong military but without increasing the already high military budget. He also plans to continue to help our allies fight ISIS but without introducing American soldiers into combat. Cruz is attempting to weave a foreign policy that will be attractive to both the doves and the hawks… whether or not he can actually do this, remains to be seen.