Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Obama for his strategy to combat ISIS on Monday’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on the Fox News Channel.
“From the beginning of this, we have seen President Obama being fundamentally unserious. He dismissed ISIS at the outset as the junior varsity. That turned out to be very wrong. Then last week he told us they had no strategy to the surprise of nobody” Cruz stated.
He said that ISIS can be combatted “predominantly through a concentrated air campaign. ISIS right now, they’re diffuse. They are covering too much territory. They are 10 to 15,000 people on the ground, but what we can’t do is simply lob a missile, drop a bomb.”
Cruz argued “the president has inherent Constitutional authority to respond to an imminent threat. If there is a clear and present danger to our national security, the president can respond to protect America, but in this instance the president has said that he doesn’t see the urgency or imminence. He is talking about potentially prolonged military conflict that could last months or years, in which case he has a Constitutional obligation to go to congress and seek authorization.”
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