People on the right are severely divided over President Trump’s decision to call for precision strikes in Syria. Meanwhile, the administration isn’t backing town. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States is “locked and loaded” and ready to respond to whatever comes next.
“I spoke to the president this morning, and he said ‘if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,'” Haley stated.
Nikki Haley: “I spoke to the president this morning, and he said ‘if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.” https://t.co/QBeUOhJIgM pic.twitter.com/erpOEV7zrV
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 14, 2018
US lawmakers are just as divided as the rest of us, which is why I found Sen. Cruz’s statement surprisingly balanced. Emphasis mine.
HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the U.S.-launched missile strikes in Syria:
“Tonight, the United States responded to the atrocities of Bashar al-Assad.
“As the President said, it is in our national interest to deter the use of chemical weapons. Critically, that includes preventing those chemical weapons from falling into the hands of the radical Islamic terrorist elements in Syria. It is now absolutely crucial that any further military action we take in Syria remains focused on protecting the vital national security interests of our country.
“In addition to any military action that we may choose to take, we must also take action against Assad’s financiers. We should withdraw from President Obama’s disastrous Iran deal that is enriching the Iran government with billions of dollars, and those ill-gotten gains are in turn being funneled to Syria to prop up the Bashar regime.
“In the days ahead, I look forward to the President making the case to Congress and the American people that his proposed course of action in Syria is in the national security interests of this country. But tonight, our support and prayers are with the brave Americans in uniform, as well as our trusted allies in France and the U.K., who carried out these military strikes.”
Notice that he didn’t really take a clear stance either way. He simply presented the case. Yes. It’s in our national interest to deter the use of chemical weapons and to PREVENT those weapons from slipping into the hands of Islamic terrorists. Yes. The Iran deal sucks. We’re stupid if we believe that Iran isn’t using those funds to prop up the Syrian regime and fuel the terror. And yes– President Trump must make a case to Congress AND the American people for any future action he decides is necessary.
Cruz casually reminded everyone that future decisions must be rooted in the national security interests of our country.
Like I said. It was a surprisingly balanced statement from Cruz. I approve.