Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims President Barack Obama doesn’t have “national security interests” at heart if he plans to strike Syria, and that U.S. troops would essentially be “Al-Qaeda’s air force.”
Joe Pags, guest host of Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, asked Cruz on the air Tuesday whether Obama’s plan to attack Syria is “because he wants to derail people like you and people like me who want to see Obamacare — and the abomination that it is — go away?”
Cruz did not “speculate” on whether the Syrian chemical weapons attack was manufactured, but said he is happy the president brought the issue to Congress.
“Nobody wants to see another Benghazi in Syria, and that’s really the fear, isn’t it?” Pags asked.
“That’s exactly right,” Cruz agreed. “But there’s a broader problem. This administration, when it conducts foreign policy, it doesn’t do so based on U.S. national security interests … It appears what the president is pressing for is essentially protecting his public relations because he drew a red line, and essentially the bluff was called.”
“We’re not going to resolve the tensions over there,” Cruz stated. a“he last thing we ought to be doing is sending our sons and daughters into harm’s way to get into the middle of this sectarian civil war.”
“We certainly don’t have a dog in the fight,” Cruz added. “We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to, as you know, serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Cruz’s comments “totally uninformed,” citing “overwhelming” evidence that the rebel Free Syrian Army is dominated by opposition forces, not terrorists.
“This is based on this assumption that they’re all extremists,” McCain said. “That’s just false, totally false. That’s someone that’s totally uninformed.”
Cruz claimed that seven of the nine rebel groups fighting Assad’s regime had tied to Al-Qaeda.
“I’ll give you one of the simplest principles of foreign policy that we ought to be following: Don’t give weapons to people who hate you. Don’t give weapons to people who want to kill you,” Cruz said, according to Politico.