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Senator Ted Cruz on Obama, Syria and Benghazi

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In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz discussed his take on the U.S.’s handling of Syria and Benghazi.

The Republican Texas senator said that President Obama doesn’t have the “authority” to issue an attack on Syria and says such an attack would be a “mistake.” Cruz also said that an attack “would be contrary to the Constitution,” something he thinks could get Obama impeached. While Cruz is concerned with Syria, he believes that all of the talk about an attack on Syria is making Americans forget about another issue–Benghazi.

“This is the one-year anniversary of the attack on Benghazi” Cruz said. “In Benghazi, four Americans were killed, including the first ambassador since 1979. When it happened, the president promised to hunt the wrongdoers down, and yet a few months later, the issue has disappeared. You don’t hear the president mention Benghazi. Now it’s a phony scandal.”

The president has been criticized by many for how the Benghazi situation was handled, and CNN released a report in early August alleging that the CIA was taking extreme measures to cover up Benghazi secrets. “One of the problems with all of this focus on Syria, is it’s missing the ball from what we should be focused on,” Cruz said during the interview. “We ought to be defending U.S. national security, and going after radical Islamic terrorists.”

Even though Cruz doesn’t think Obama is giving Benghazi the proper attention, he is making sure that everyone knows he thinks intervening in Syria is the wrong path to take. “It is not the responsibility of the United States military to serve as the policeman of the world,” Cruz said during a briefing last week. The senator posted a Tweet a few days ago criticizing how the Syrian conflict has been handled:

What do you think–is Cruz right about Benghazi being an afterthought now? Respond below.

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Senator Ted Cruz on Obama, Syria and Benghazi
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  • barry dickinson

    I agree with Cruz on the Bengazi coverup. We need to address this immediately. I also agree with him on the Syria issue. We do not need to get directly involved. Stay neutral and let the Syrians work it out. Many may die, and that is horrible, but it is the way of revolutions. As long as the conflict stays in Syria, we should stay out of it and support neither side. I disagree with him on Obama’s ability to strike without the approval of Congress. As Commander in Chief, he needs the ability to strike without notice. Lot’s of Republican presidents have done so in the past. Of course, Obama is too slippery to attack an enemy directly – He will need to get Congress to approve it so he can blame Congress if the strike fails or is ineffective.

    • Jojo44

      Agree with you Barry, we need to stop throwing away money we don’t have on getting in the middle of everything. If we could afford to police the world might be a different story but we can’t and shouldn’t.

    • Adam Kadmon

      There were 13 Benghazi’s under Bush!

      The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they’re being treated that way by Republicans who are deliberately ignoring anything that happened prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

      January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

      June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

      October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

      February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

      May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

      July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

      December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

      March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

      September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

      January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

      March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

      July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

      September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/13-benghazis-that-occurre_b_3246847.html

  • Shan

    Ted Cruz
    you are an idiot a true idiot
    First of all I wonder how in the world you could be in GOP??

    You should keep a picture of Ted Kennedy and worship him every day for passing immigration reform in 1965
    Your pappa who is not white like me was able to come to USA because of immigration reform in 1965 which was passed by Majority of DemocrATS and Ted Kennedy was a champion for it
    most of the GOP thugs were against it as always

    you have no clue like idiot Jindal and Healey

    GOP is using you punks and shame on you

  • Shan

    Cruz is an idiot
    some one is telling him he is white and idiot is believing It

  • Bengazi defeats Hillary

    Hillary is now the “teflon” candidate. Democrats are going to make sure that nothing sticks to her. Her role as Secretary of State was to be the bag man throwing money around in the middle east. Bungled at best, disastrous to US foreign policy is accurate.

    Agree with Cruz across the board on these points.

    Democrats want us to forget about Bengazi and have it fade away fast, for Hillary. Libya was a distraction to get us to forget about the total screw up Hillary managed in Egypt with Mubarek and all that followed. Then even Libya gets screwed up with Bengazi. Great job Hillary!

    The time to get involved in Syria was years ago before Russian air defenses were upgraded to state of the art in Syria. Before Al Qaeda took over the fighting arm of the rebellion. Before chemical weapons were used. It’s too late now. Tragic that State Department failed to take any action with Syria when it could have made a difference. Thanks again Hillary.

    Who do you want that 3am call to go to? Be serious. Not Hillary.

    • Adam Kadmon

      The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they’re being treated that way by Republicans who are deliberately ignoring anything that happened prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

      January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

      June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

      October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

      February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

      May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

      July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

      December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

      March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

      September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

      January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

      March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

      July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

      September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

  • Pat

    We should not go to Syria and fight their civil war. It is just that, their civil war, their civil problems. If we were to do this, where would we draw the line on stopping barbarians from destroying people; human trafficking in many countries is just one such destructive action that will have massive repercussions worldwide

  • Ed

    High expectations for Obama – no mention that Bush could never catch Bin Laden in his years in office, but Obama was expected to find anoymous faces in a crowd in just a year. Cruz’s comment works as long as you think finding the crowd that burned the embassy on a dark night is like finding a murder here in the states – wait a minute a lot of those guys are never found. Cruz is just another politician doing what politicians do.

    • John

      Just another Dem. opinion. Obama never caught Bin Laden, just a group of hard working American!

  • Francois Roger Rudebeaux XIII

    Thud Crudz is a PERFECT fit to represent the Third World, two-stepping twits and twerps in Texass!