Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a current Republican presidential candidate, recently said that U.S. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are not interested in defeating the Islamic State group. He added that if he is elected president, he will have the will to destroy the terrorist organization (video below).
During a Dec. 1 appearance on Fox News, Cruz told host Sean Hannity that both Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Clinton lack the desire to eradicate the Islamic State group. Islamic State is also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.
“They won’t even acknowledge the enemy,” Cruz said, adding that both Obama and Clinton have refused to describe the conflict as a war against “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“If I am elected president, I will make unequivocally clear to the world, we will destroy ISIS," Cruz added.
This is not the first time the Texas senator has demanded that the Obama administration define war on terror in religious terms. On Nov. 14, the day after the Paris attack, Cruz told reporters that the U.S. was at war with “radical Islamic terrorism” and that “we have a president who doesn’t recognize the enemy who has declared war on us,” according to MSNBC.
Cruz defined his strategy to defeat the Islamic State group as a combination of air power and providing arms to Kurdish forces.
The presidential candidate added that the U.S. will not need to commit ground troops to fighting the Islamic State group.
“We have boots on the ground,” he said, according to MSNBC. “The Kurds are our boots on the ground.”
While Cruz seems confident in his ability to defeat the Islamic State group, fellow Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, is deeply skeptical.
During a Dec. 2 appearance on Real Clear Politics’ radio program, Graham had harsh words for the Texas senator, describing him as an “opportunist” who “has done more to allow [ISIS] to gain a foothold in Syria than any Senator other than Rand Paul.”
Graham is known for is aggressive foreign policies, including his strong belief that the U.S. will have to commit ground troops to fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.
“Ted Cruz’s foreign policy has been uneven,” Graham told Real Clear Politics. “He was one of the loudest voices objecting to going after Assad… and he objected to helping the Free Syrian Army, so he has no credibility in my eyes when it comes to how to defeat [ISIS].”