When Sen. Ted Cruz was pressed on ABC on what he could have been done differently to free the captured US soldier, Cruz put on his presidential lapel pin and said he would have sent in the military to rescue him. Huh?
(By the way, have you noticed that Ted Cruz seems to be taking speech lessons from Peggy Noonan? He embellishes everything he says with an overwrought phony sense of emotionality. Just saying.)
Senator Ted "anything you can do I can do better" Cruz was a guest on ABC's This Week and was asked about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. As is the norm with conservatives, no matter what President Obama does, they either portray him as weak, indecisive or acting like a King so Wacko Bird Cruz followed the Republican script just put out that says America is now negotiating with terrorists. Yawn.
But when Sen. Cruz was pressed on what he could have done differently to free the captured US soldier by George Stephanopoulos, all he could come up with was a kind of non sequitur. Ted Cruz put on his presidential lapel pin and in his best Peggy Noonan voice said he would have used military force to free him. Huh? Is he calling the military incompetent and complicit in leaving the Sgt there to rot for five years?
CRUZ: I mean, that's a very dangerous price.
STEPHANOPOULOS: If you were president, you wouldn't have negotiated?
CRUZ: I do not think the way to deal with terrorists is through releasing other violent terrorists. I mean...
STEPHANOPOULOS: But what if that's the only way to get Bergdahl home?
CRUZ: It's not the only way. We can go in and use military force, as needed, to rescue our fallen compatriots. But, look, Sergeant Bergdahl was fighting to capture these terrorists.
Can you imagine what he would say to his fallen comrades who lost their lives to stop these people who were responsible, either directly or indirectly, for threatening or taking U.S. civilian lives.
See how easy that was for President Cruz. All he had to do was click his ruby slippers three times and say, "bring Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home," and voilà, instant freedom.
Stephanopoulos didn't bother with a follow up question after Cruz's ludicrous answer, but if the military could have rescued him they would have by now. We've been fighting the Taliban for ten years already. I wonder if Ted Cruz forgot about that?
Ex-Bush administration official John Bellinger told Fox News that "we don't leave soldiers behind" and defended Obama's decision to make the trade. “I think we would have made the same decision in the Bush administration.”