Ted Cruz, looking to fuel new-found momentum in the Republican presidential race, said Thursday he would seek a strategy to “defeat and destroy” the Islamic State, though he left open the question of U.S. ground troops and denounced any American intervention in Syria’s civil war.
Likening the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and other extremist groups to the Ronald Reagan-era Cold War on communism, the Texas senator said the focus should be on radical Islamic terrorism.
“It is real, it is growing, and it is profoundly dangerous,” Cruz said during a foreign policy address at The Heritage Foundation.
Cruz called for a “sustained, coherent, directed bombing campaign” against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq, arming the Kurds in Iraq, and recruiting the Jordanian and Egyptian military forces.
As for ground troops, Cruz said he would rely on the views of his military advisers. While he has previously questioned the use of U.S. ground troops, Cruz said Thursday his strategy will involve “using whatever ground troops are necessary.”
In criticizing the Obama administration for supporting the removal of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Cruz said that previous interventions in Egypt and Libya led to worse governments from the American point of view.
The ouster of Assad, Cruz said, could result in “radical jihadis” controlling Syria, leading to more problems for the United States.
Cruz devoted much of his speech to attacking the Obama administration’s foreign policy, saying the president would prefer to ignore the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, or even use the phrase.Read the rest of the story HERE and listen to Cruz's Address below:
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