Ted Cruz continues to try to outflank the other Republican candidates from the right, wasting no time after yesterday's attacks in Paris to issue a bellicose statement insisting President Obama was too concerned with civilian casualties in Syria.
"It will not be appeased by outreach or declarations of tolerance. It will not be deterred by targeted airstrikes with zero tolerance for civilian casualties, when the terrorists have such utter disregard for innocent life. We must make it crystal clear that affiliation with ISIS and related terrorist groups brings with it the undying enmity of America—that it is, in effect, signing your own death warrant."
The Texas senator also took time out to go on Fox News last night to demagogue against Syrian refugees seeking asylum. He also pushed for an Expatriate Act that automatically strips any American of citizenship if he is accused of joining ISIS or other extremist groups. The risk of "returning foreign fighters" committing acts of terrorism in the United States remains entirely hypothetical since it has yet to happen or even be attempted.
"Obama doesn't wish to defend this country," Cruz told Tucker Carlson on Fox. "He may have been tired of war, but our enemies are not tired of killing us."
President Obama has bombed seven countries since taking office, including Syria and Iraq where the U.S. launched airstrikes last fall to "degrade and eventually destroy" the Islamic State.