No, this is not The Onion. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of President Barack Obama’s most outspoken and prominent critics on virtually everything ranging from domestic spending to foreign policy, praised the commander in chief for his handling of the crisis in Syria. Specifically, Sen. Cruz said he appreciated how Pres. Obama went to Congress for a vote on a military strike on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army instillations instead of unilaterally ordering it himself.
“I want to commend President Obama for two different things. Number one, I want to commend President Obama for listening to the bipartisan calls to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress. That was significant, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad he did so,” Cruz said in a detailed foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Jesse Helms Lecture, according to Politico.
“And secondly, once the issue came to Congress, that gave the American people a chance to speak up,” he added, claiming that his constituents almost unanimously opposed a strike on Syria.
Sen. Cruz also said he appreciated how Pres. Obama called off the vote, adding, “I commend [Obama] for…calling off the vote. I think it was better not to vote. Rather, than I think, if there had been a vote it would appear clear that the president would have been rejected overwhelmingly. And I think it is better for the presidency, better for the country not to have that vote occur,” Cruz said. “I would have voted ‘no,’ great many others would have voted ‘no.’ But I think it reflected a wise and prudent judgment on the part of the president to postpone the vote, rather than have that authority rejected and I don’t believe that the president is going to ignore the views of the American people.”
Late last month, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) also praised Pres. Obama, noting, "Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised.”