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Ted Cruz on U.S. Being “Al Qaeda’s air force,” Benghazi Fever in House

Ted Cruz does it again!

Ted Cruz does it again!

THERE IS something so entertaining about Senator Ted Cruz that I keep trying to put him amid the crazy Tea Party House caucus in the House, because thinking of him as a senator is such a stretch.

Reporting from Politico, with Ted Cruz on tape talking to Glenn Beck:

“We certainly don’t have a dog in the fight,” Cruz said, calling it a civil war in Syria. “We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to, as you know, serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters that Cruz sounded “totally uninformed” in his comments and that there is “overwhelming” evidence that the Free Syrian Army is still the dominant opposition force on the battlefield, not terrorists. McCain met with the army’s leader, Gen. Salim Idriss, in June.

“This is based on this assumption that they’re all extremists,” McCain said. “That’s just false, totally false. That’s someone that’s totally uninformed.”

Ted Cruz had some company on crazy, when Rep. Joe Wilson introduced Benghazi fever during the Syria hearings today. I heard it while listening to the House hearings, with Think Progress getting the transcript:

WILSON: With the president’s redline, why was there no call for military response in April? Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS, NSA scandals, the failure of Obamacare enforcement, the tragedy of the White House-drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt limit vote? Again, why was there no call for a military response four months ago when the president’s red line was crossed?

The problem with Republicans is they never recognize scandals when they’re perpetrated by Republicans, including one of the worst in U.S. history, lying about WMD in Iraq. Obama’s paying for that one instead of Bush.

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7 Responses to Ted Cruz on U.S. Being “Al Qaeda’s air force,” Benghazi Fever in House

  1. mjsmith September 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Free Syrian Army commander praises Al Nusrah Front as ‘brothers’
    By Bill RoggioMarch 30, 2013

    Colonel Riyad al Assad, the founder of the Free Syrian Army and one of its top commanders, described the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, as “our brothers in Islam,” and commended the terror group for its prowess on the battlefield. The US government is currently supporting the Free Syrian Army with nonlethal military aid despite the fact that the Free Syrian Army backs the Al Nusrah Front and fights alongside it on the battlefield.

    Or watch the FSA praise al qaeda yourself

    John McCain is the idiot who is misinformed. Secretary Kerry is just straight lying.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      I knew…just KNEW the Assad cheer leading squad wouldn’t be able to resist baying at the moon along with this monumental…with HEAVY on the MENTAL Cruz wack job.

    • mjsmith September 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      al nusra does not have “bad guys in their ranks.” al nusra = al qaeda.

      This is one of the many lies Kerry told today. There is no “good al qaeda.” There are no “good people” in al qaeda.

      For an Administration that says they know this and that about what is going on in Syria, their words and actions reflect that they are completely clueless.

      • Taylor Marsh September 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

        mjsmith – The comment I wrote earlier I have removed, because I mangled my response to you. I apologize.

        That the Free Syrian Army would recognize “brothers in Islam,” even where Al Nusra is concerned, isn’t surprising given they are both Sunni fighting against Assad. With all the carnage between different Sunni groups, part of this has to do with not getting into a fight with Al Nusra, with factions killing each other across Syria, just one reason for the refugee crisis.

        You are worried about the military strikes toppling Assad. But again, this mission is about chemical weapons.

        The dynamics in Syria is why there are “no good options,” which is what Hagel said today in the hearings.

        Arming the Free Syrian Army, who has bad guys in their ranks, as do other groups, is in play again, and it’s what Clinton and Petraeus called for a long time ago, because no one wants Al Nusra to have a greater advantage.

        John Kerry has been in & out of the mideast for decades, inside Syria many times. He knows exactly what’s going on inside, including Al Nusra. But the last thing the Administration wants to do is get sidetracked into talking about the thug life inside Syria when they’re trying to get authorization to degrade Assad’s chemical delivery system and ability to perform airstrikes. They have to control the subject, which is stopping Assad from the ethnic cleansing on behalf of the minority Alawites.

        This comment has been edited (it’s been a long day).

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 5, 2013 at 5:23 am #

          “You are worried about the military strikes toppling Assad. But again, this mission is about chemical weapons.”

          Frankly I don’t really care if his corpse topples over in the cinders of the Presidential palace. The point will have been made.

    • Taylor Marsh September 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      **See comment below**

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter September 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Ahhhhh…more from the Assad cheerleading squad.

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