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.