Ted Cruz Vows to “Carpet Bomb” Syria, Praises Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has ramped up his hawkish anti-terrorism rhetoric in the wake of last week’s Islamist terror attack in California, vowing to “carpet bomb” Islamic State (IS) “into oblivion.”
Appearing at a multi-candidate event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa—a state where he has surged ahead of Donald Trump in multiple polls—on Saturday, Cruz blasted President Barack Obama and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for being what he called ineffective at combatting Islamist terror.
“When President Obama stands up and says the Islamic State is not Islamic, that’s just nutty,” Cruz said, as reported by the Washington Post. “That’s not a reasonable foreign policy discussion. That’s not an interesting view on national security. That is bizarre political correct blindness.”
Cruz promised to intensify the war against Islamic State militants who have seized control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, even implying that he would use nuclear weapons against the fundamentalist militants who have been accused of committing genocide against Yazidi Christians, as well as other heinous crimes including the enslavement and rape of women and children in areas they have conquered.
“If I am elected president, we will utterly destroy ISIS,” Cruz told reporters. “We won’t weaken them. We won’t degrade them. We will utterly destroy them. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. We will arm the Kurds. We will do everything necessary so that every militant on the face of the earth will know if you go and join ISIS, if you wage jihad and declare war on America, you are signing your death warrant.”
“I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out,” Cruz promised, an apparent threat to use nuclear weapons against IS. Cruz also said he supported sending more US ground troops into the fight against IS in Syria and Iraq.
“If boots on the ground are necessary, we should do what is militarily necessary,” he said.
Bloomberg reports Cruz said in his speech that Americans can “stop bad guys” by exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“You don’t stop the bad guys by taking away our guns,” Cruz said. “You stop the bad guys by using our guns.”
Cruz also lashed out at political correctness.
“We’ve seen the neighbors of the San Bernardino terrorists who said I suspected something, I thought something was wrong, but I didn’t want to say it because it wasn’t politically correct,” Cruz said, according to the Des Moines Register. “We see on college campuses and universities the speech police telling people you can’t speak unless it is sanitized.”
On Tuesday, a day after Donald Trump shocked much of the world by calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration, travel and study in the United States, Cruz said he did not agree with Trump’s proposal. However, the New York Times reports Cruz praised his GOP rival—even as other conservatives excoriated his stance—for his security-mindedness.
“I commend Donald Trump for standing up and focusing America’s attention on the need to secure our borders,” Cruz said at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.