Ted Cruz killed it today taking Obama to task for his decision to arm the Syrian “rebels”[youtube]http://youtu.be/Aag7XL2e1Ww[/youtube]
He makes two observations to Obama:
“Number one, don’t arm al Qaida. Don’t arm those who hate us. Don’t arm those who want to kill us. Number two, when it comes to matters of vital national security, the President of the United States needs to come to the American people. It is not acceptable for the president to simply send out staffers to pass on his decisions. He needs to come before Congress and the American people and explain those decisions.”
By arming the “rebels” most assuredly he will be arming al-Qaeda. 7 of the 9 “rebel” groups are radical Islamists:
And one of those supposed non-radical groups is dedicated to fighting only in the Kurdish areas.
So he somehow believes these weapons aren’t going to get in the hands of al-Qaeda?
Give me a friggin break.
What should our priority be?
The President would be better off focusing clearly on the one thing that is in our national security interests: securing Syria’s large stockpile of chemical weapons…We know Assad has used these weapons, and there is good reason to suspect the al Qaida-affiliated rebels would use them as well if they could get their hands on them. This poses an intolerable threat not only to our friends in the region, but also to the United States. We need to be developing a clear, practical plan to go in, locate the weapons, secure or destroy them, and then get out. The United States should be firmly in the lead to make sure the job is done right.
Now that’s talking like the President of the United States rather than a “citizen of the world” as Obama said yesterday.
We didn’t elect him to be a damn “citizen of the world”! We elected him to be our Commander in Chief, the President of this country. Instead he is intervening in wars half-heartedly, leaving a huge power vacuum behind in each country which is promptly filled by radical Islamists.
It’s a disgrace.
Ted Cruz has some simple questions:
- Why aiding the Syrian rebels is now worth our intervention when it wasn’t two years ago.
- How he has established which rebels are the appropriate recipients of this support and how this very limited support will make a material difference in Syria.
- How his team is proactively planning to keep Syria’s chemical weapons out of the hands of either Hezbollah or al Qaida.
Will he answer? Can he?
I doubt it.