After being criticized by the conservarazzi all day yesterday for not running home after the Brussels attacks, Obama addressed the terrorism during a press conference in Buenos Aires today with President Mauricio Macri.
When President Obama answered a question about the attacks, he took the time to slam Ted Cruz' mind bogglingly idiotic and discriminatory responses to how we should handle terrorism in America.
The president explained that we have to be smart how we go after ISIS and not be reactionaries. "but what we don't do and what we should not do is take approaches that are going to be counterproductive."
He then focused his ire on Ted Cruz.
So when I hear somebody saying we should carpet bomb Iraq or Syria, not only is that inhumane, not only is that contrary to our values, but that would likely be an extraordinary mechanism for ISIL to recruit people willing to die and explode bombs in an airport. That's not a smart strategy.
Obama then said that the reason we haven't had more attacks on U.S. soil is because we have integrated and very patriotic Muslim communities in America. Obama then lowered the boom on Cruz' statements about patrolling Muslim neighborhoods.
..they do not feel ghettoized, they do not feel isolated. Their children are our children's friends. Any approach that would single them out or target them for discrimination is not only wrong and un-American, it would also be counterproductive. .
The president then hit Cruz over the head by comparing Cruz' surveillance of Muslims to Cuba's policies, which forced his father to flee the country.
As far as the notion of having surveillance of neighborhoods or Muslims..I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance, which by the way the father of Senator Cruz escaped for America, the land of the free. The notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense. it's counter to who we are.
Republicans called for a better response by the president and they got one. By the way, Cruz' call to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized" makes absolutely no sense at all.
And I agree with Charles Pierce, that Tailgunner Ted's words are very dangerous indeed.