During the Thursday night’s GOP debate, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz repeated his oft-made promise on how to combat Islamic State in Middle East.
The Texas senator, who previously faced criticism for vowing to “carpet-bomb” the terrorists, was asked the same question on Fox News again and his reply was the same as always: He would bomb ISIS “into oblivion” and will not apologize to anybody for his bloodthirsty pledge.
“You claim it is tough talk to discuss carpet bombing,” Cruz said. “It is not tough talk. It is a different fundamental military strategy than what we’ve seen from Barack Obama.”
The Republican continued his criticism of Obama’s strategy by stating the U.S. president’s regime has degraded the army over a period of seven years.
Cruz’s military strategy against ISIS has been criticized by many who deem carpet bombing to be counterproductive and dangerous.
carpeting bomb a large army in the middle of the desert (1991)? easy. bombing a terrorist insurgency in population centers. not so much.— Michael Crowley (@michaelcrowley) January 29, 2016
Christopher Harmer, a senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, said in December that the U.S. had to be “deliberately ignorant of the nature of ISIS … [and] of the limits of air power to advocate carpet bombing.”
Sen. Rand Paul, who advocates minimum military intervention overseas, has warned that overthrowing Bashar al-Assad is not the way to confront ISIS, because the organization is not one person but an ideology.
"What we really need to do is defeat ISIS, but if you defeat Assad, what you will wind up with is a larger and more powerful ISIS that will occupy that space," Paul said.
Cruz has previously defended his stance about carpet bombing by stating he would use the strategy on ISIS locations rather than the cities filled with civilians that ISIS occupies in Iraq and Syria. However, since ISIS militants are integrated with the civilians in the territories they control, carpet bombing the states will inevitably result in a huge number of civilian causalities — something the presidential hopeful fails to realize is against the Geneva Convention.