As I’ve said for a while now, while Donald Trump gets most of the attention, Ted Cruz is, by far, the most dangerous of the Republican candidates running for president. As president, Trump would embarrass me, but Cruz would absolutely terrify me. The senator from Texas has proven throughout his career that he has no problem seeing this country suffer as long as he thinks it can benefit him politically.
And let’s face it, nobody can stand the guy. Aside from other far-right tea party conservatives who are just as self-absorbed and delusional as he is, he’s pretty much despised by everyone. And the reason why people can’t stand him is because he puts himself ahead of everyone else. All he really cares about is himself and his own political ambitions.
That’s why he’s one of the most dishonest politicians we have in Washington.
Well, as we all know Cruz loves to talk big and bad about ISIS and terrorism. Though if you actually listen to what he says, he doesn’t ever say a whole lot. Sure he says stuff – but it’s mostly just hollow talking points aimed at voters who apparently don’t like thinking for themselves.
Take for instance an interview he had on Sunday with Fox News’ Chris Wallace where he tried to use his typical talking points about ISIS only to have the Fox host point out how little he actually understands about the military or military strategy.
“I will apologize to no one with how vigorous I will be winning the war on terror,” Cruz said. “We will start by having a president who will acknowledge our enemy, say it by its name, which President Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse to do.”
Yes, because what we call ISIS really matters. This is his typical go-to line that makes absolutely no sense. He repeats it – constantly. President Obama calls them jihadists, terrorists and radicals. Just because he doesn’t refer to them as “radical Islamic terrorists” (because he doesn’t want to give them what they want) doesn’t change a single thing in how we combat terrorism. Trust me when I say, bombs don’t kill fewer terrorists based upon the name we call them.
The real question here should be: Why does Ted Cruz want to give terrorists what they want?
But he wasn’t done making himself look like a fool.
“And you want to know what carpet bombing means?” he asked. “Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Desert Storm. In 1991, we had roughly 8,000 planes. Today, we have 4,000. Our Air Force has dropped in half. In 1991, we had 591 ships in our Navy. Today, we have 272. It’s dropped nearly in half. In 1991, we had over a third more soldiers in our Army. And we were launching 1,100 air attacks a day. We were carpet bombing them. And after 37 days of 1,100 air attacks a day, our troops went in in a day and a half and mopped up the remnants of the Iraqi Army because that’s the effect of carpet bombing.”
As Wallace then pointed out, military leaders have said carpet bombing was never used in Desert Storm.
“We did precision striking,” Wallace said. “In addition, if I may, the Iraqi Army was all massed by itself in the Kuwaiti desert. We’re now talking about ISIS soldiers who are not massed, they are embedded in Mosul, they’re embedded in Raqqa with civilians.”
Cruz then went on to completely avoid the fact that when he talks about military strategy, he has absolutely no idea what the hell he’s talking about.
Oh, and before going forward, his line about the military only having 4,000 planes is total and complete b.s. Currently the U.S. military has around 13,000 aircraft.
As we know, Cruz is obsessed with “carpet bombing,” a fairly generic term seemingly used by people who know nothing about the military. Carpet bombing is, essentially, an indiscriminate bombing of a certain location without concern for what you’re bombing aside from making sure it’s the right area. In today’s new world of combating terrorism, carpet bombing is pretty much obsolete. As terrorists tend to mix in with civilian populations, or use civilians as cover, to carpet bomb a stronghold of a group like ISIS would quite literally mean to murder tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Many of whom are children.
So, when Cruz says he wants to “carpet bomb the hell out of ISIS,” he’s only proving that he has no idea what the hell he’s talking about.
One of the reasons why fighting terrorism is so difficult is because terrorists often mix in with civilians, making it much more difficult to just “wipe them out.” Mixing with civilian populations also negates many of the “traditional” military tactics we’ve used in the past.
The fight against terror is as much about intelligence as it is about military force. This isn’t the warfare of the past. This isn’t about brut strength. This is about tactics, strategy and patience. Terrorism isn’t a nation or a dictator – it’s an ideology. And you cannot defeat an ideology with bombs. It takes a certain level of maturity, intellect and foresight to combat terrorism – traits these Republican candidates simply don’t have.
Watch the interview below via Fox News:
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