Skip to comments.Ted Cruz: ‘Abstract norms’ should not lead US to war
Posted on 09/05/2013 6:18:57 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to President Obamas statement on Syria by saying abstract notions about international norms should never displace U.S. sovereignty to act, or refuse to act, for our national security.
Cruz made the statement in a press release Saturday following Obamas remarks from the Rose Garden, in which he said he would seek congressional approval for military action in Syria.
Cruz applauded Obama for agreeing to seek approval for any strike in Syria, but said that since Obama did not request an emergency session of congress, that must mean that he agrees there is no imminent threat requiring the commander in chief to act without consulting the representatives of the American people.
Cruz also said that he remain[s] concerned that any action in Syria would not be in the national interest of the U.S.
Cruz said the U.S.s chief concern, if it goes into Syria, should be to make sure that chemical weapons do not fall into the hands of al Qaeda or other terrorists who might use them against us and our allies.
Cruz closed by saying it is now incumbent upon President Obama to make his case and persuade Congress that his plan is necessary, and the best course to preserve our security and protect our liberties. Like the President, I welcome this debate and I agree this is an issue of the highest seriousness that transcends partisan politics.
Cruzs statement came on the same day that protests against the war in Syria were held in several cities across the country, including Washington, D.C. Anti-war protesters outnumbered war supporters, and many there had voted for Obama and didnt expect him to be making a decision about starting another war.
No I didnt [expect this from Obama], one protester told the Washington Examiner. Im very disappointed.
Another protester said he didnt expect a threat of military action against another country so quickly, (five years in?) but that hes a politician, you cant really expect much.
Other protesters pointed out that Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize winning president that has unilaterally chosen military action, although they had not yet heard that Obama would seek congressional approval before acting.
Ted Cruz Ping!
If it weren’t for us fighting muslim wars, we wouldn’t be at war with anyone (aside from the technical state of war with North Korea) as far as I can tell.
Hey, don’t call it a war. September 11 is Assad’s birthday. It’s just a candygram from obama and the rest of the MoBro.
Thanks, SCP, for this breath of fresh air in an otherwise putrid “system”.
Wait til they get hold of the word “abstract” in connection with this issue. Instead of treating it in context to reference THEIR OWN abstractions about justifications for war, they will go freakin’ nuts and try to say Ted thinks chemical weapons themselves and their gassed victims are “abstractions”.
Kerry in particular will go from being merely “mental” to off the deep end “certifiable”.
Well, international “norm” is a cute new euphemism that Kerry came up with to avoid using the word international “law” which they use to throw around when attacking Bush. With the U.N. telling Obama to go pound sand, and none of the U.S. traditional allies wanting to touch Syria with a 10-foot pole, Kerry has decided to start playing word games with Congress and the American public.
We’re on the verge of getting involved in a civil / holy war between 3 groups of muslims and several groups of terrorist. We don’t really know which group if any was responsible for the gassing or who supplied the gas, was it the saddam’s gas? was it supplied by the UK? or possibly even by us? and we’re going to attack the group that has been protecting rather than killing and beheading Christians? I certainly agree with Senato Cruz.
My wife said it’s a shame that Cruz is the only person who gives us any hope.