For months I’ve been telling people that they needed to be “careful what they wish for” as it relates to hoping for the downfall of Donald Trump. Because while he’s awful, the Republican candidate who would likely take his place, Sen. Ted Cruz, is worse – much worse.
Don’t get me wrong, both men would be an absolute disaster for this country. I would just much rather deal with an arrogant blowhard who’s at least shown some common sense on a couple of issues (health care and Social Security), than an arrogant blowhard religious fanatic who’s very likely, in my opinion, a sociopath.
Not only that, but there are people who’ve known and worked with Trump who actually like him. They might not vote for him, but they’ve said they had a good relationship with him in the past. Meanwhile, almost nobody seems to be able to stomach Cruz – even members of his own party.
Here’s what it ultimately comes down to: If I had to choose, I’ll take the non-religious fanatic buffoon over the zealot whose father thinks evolution is non-scientific and some sort of communist plot.
However, when it comes to Cruz, his entire persona bothers me. I’ve never really trusted someone who, nearly word-for-word, repeats talking points like they’re trying to indoctrinate people with them.
Take for instance his utterly incompetent comment he made on Sunday morning on Fox News while talking about ISIS and terrorism:
“We need a president who will bring the full force and fury of the United States of America to defeating ISIS. I’ll tell you, if I’m president, we will utterly and completely destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion, using overwhelming airpower. We will arm the Kurds on the ground. We will use our forces to defeat them and we won’t put our forces in combat with the rules of engagement that Obama is so fond of that tie their arms behind their back that make it impossible for them to fight and win. That is wrong and that is immoral.
If and when we use military force, we will use it to win, to defeat our enemies with overwhelming force and then we’ll get the heck out. We won’t engage in nation-building, but rather, we’ll keep America safe.”
First, Cruz has already been called out for using the term “carpet bomb.” The fact that he continues to use this phrase shows that he’s either a bona fide idiot, or he’s such a slave to his talking points that he can’t help but use it.
For the record, “carpet bombing” ISIS would mean killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians as many ISIS forces are embedded in heavily populated cities. That’s a large part of what makes fighting them so incredibly difficult – they use civilians as shields. So, if Cruz literally wants to “carpet bomb ISIS into oblivion” he’s essentially stating that he has no problem slaughtering tens of thousands of innocent people.
I would also like to point out that he’s calling for using ground forces to fight ISIS. In other words, he’s saying that he’s going to start another war, while trying to avoid specifically saying that because he’s too much of a coward to say “I want to start a war and use ground troops against ISIS.” Because he knows that could hurt him in this election.
He’s also lying about the “rules of engagement” line he often uses. What these rules have essentially done is factor in the potential for civilian casualties as a top priority in determining whether or not an air strike is carried out. Though to listen to Cruz, he clearly tries to imply that President Obama is putting our men and women in uniform in harm’s way. Reality tells us this isn’t the case.
But the most alarming (and ignorant) part of his comment came when he said he would “defeat our enemies” then “get the heck out,” forgoing any attempt to nation-build.
So, he wants to bomb the hell out of Syria and Iraq, destroying countless cities and towns, while also killing tens of thousands of civilians – leaving many others homeless – then just leave. That’s pretty much the perfect scenario to create even more terrorism as your military just wreaked havoc in a foreign nation, armed a bunch of random fighters you hoped were true allies, then took off.
Did we not learn from Afghanistan? You know, when we fought a proxy war by arming “freedom fighters,” only to ignore any attempt at nation building, leaving these “freedom fighters” free to become the Taliban – the group responsible for the 9/11 attack.
Even Iraq, we’re seeing what happens if you go to war in a country then leave it before it’s fully stabilized. We spent nearly a decade nation-building there, and it still wasn’t enough. That’s why getting involved in these wars is not this simple “bomb them and win” nonsense like Cruz and many other Republicans act like it is. If we go into a country like Syria, or any country for that matter, we’re going to be there for years… if not decades.
Ted Cruz isn’t just wrong on what we should be doing in the Middle East – he’s completely incompetent. His rhetoric isn’t simply something with which I disagree, what he’s saying doesn’t even make sense! He’s talking about an extremely complex situation by using talking points that are so overly simplified I don’t see how anyone can take him seriously.
Then again, he’s pandering to fools who cheer loudly at anything that “sounds tough.” They love this fake bravado nonsense.
We simply cannot allow Republicans to win this November. President Obama has us on the right path to dealing with terrorism intelligently – we cannot put this country in the hands of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
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