Ted Cruz called out by a U.S. General for his lack of proper American values.
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is being called out for remarks he made last December regarding carpet bombing ISIS.
As Politico reported at the time, Texas Senator Cruz told at least 1,500 people gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for an event hosted by the conservative group, FreedomWorks, of his plans.
“We will utterly destroy ISIS,” he told the crowd, adding: “We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out!”
Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the U.S. commander in charge of the military coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, told reporters on Monday that carpet bombing the terrorist network would be “inconsistent with our values” – a remark that Politico reports is “almost certainly aimed at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.”
Asked by reporters to explain why carpet bombing would not be an effective strategy for fighting against ISIS, MacFarland responded that the United States is “bound by the laws of armed conflict.”
“We’re the United States of America. We have a set of guiding principles. Indiscriminate bombing, where we don’t care if we’re killing innocents or combatants, is just inconsistent with our values,” he said adding: “Right now we have the moral high ground, and I think that’s where we need to stay.”