Though Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% remains one of my top two picks for president in 2016 it was disappointing to see him play to the cheap seats in his interview with Megyn Kelly. When given a chance to answer the question that has caused Jeb Bush (not one of my top six picks for president) no end of grief he said that knowing what we know today he would have not invaded Iraq. I disagree with him, I think the situation in Libya and Syria both show the time of the national socialist Arab strongman model of governance has passed. Be that as it may, that view is defensible in domestic politics even if it is a bit nonsensical when dealing with national security. If Vietnam taught us anything it should be the folly of letting your enemies have a sanctuary in which to plan and to train and equip their forces.
Where I think Cruz goes absolutely off the rails is in his exposition on the subject. I am quoting here from Erick’s post titled Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% Gets The Iraq Question Right:
[I]f and when we’re required to use military force, it should be with a clearly defined objective. It should be with overwhelming force, and then we should get the heck out. It is not the job of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines to transform foreign nations into democratic utopias. It’s [their] job to hunt down and kill terrorists who want to murder Americans before they can carry out jihad.