Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) explained Monday what he believed to be the reason behind President Barack Obama's unwillingness to lead in the fight against the Islamic State.
While discussing the issue during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Cruz labeled Obama's non-action as a "profound indictment" of his ideology.
"You know, a lot of people are confused," Cruz said. "Why would a president not want America to lead? Why would a president not want America to win?"
The two were discussing a news article posted Monday at the liberal news site Talking Points Memo. The article urged its readers to "ignore the freakout" over comments Obama made during Monday's G-20 summit in Turkey, where the president said he is not interested in pursuing an "America winning" strategy against the Islamic State.
Cruz continued, saying that to understand Obama you first have to understand the "radical" he is, which is a product of being molded by Harvard Law School, according to Cruz.
"And I have described President Obama as the perfect Harvard Law School president," Cruz said. "And I don’t mean that as a compliment."
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"Every view of the Obama administration is orthodox wisdom in the Harvard Law School faculty lounge and the view of the elite academy," the Texas Republican added. "The view of the elite academy is that America’s leadership in the world is fundamentally illegitimate, that it is the product of oppression and hegemony, it is a remnant of an evil imperialism."
Cruz went on to tell Hewitt that President Obama believes American leadership in the world is "illegitimate," which is why he doesn't want America "winning."
"It is an extreme ideological view that American leadership is illegitimate, and that is so contrary to the view of the American people," the Republican presidential candidate concluded.
On Monday, the president ruled out the use of American military "boots on the ground" in the fight against the Islamic State, insisting that a shift in strategy against the jihadis "would be a mistake."
Cruz has been a vocal opponent of Obama's strategy to fight the Islamic State. He often labels Obama's foreign policy as "photo op foreign policy," citing the small number of airstrikes launched daily against the Islamic State in comparison to the large number launched during the Persian Gulf war.
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