Cruz believes toppling Assad would be a mistake at this time because it would cause Syria to be taken over by ISIS.
GENEVIEVE WOOD: Let’s talk about some of your foreign policy ideas: Syria. You’ve said the United States should not take sides. There’s no good guys over there, let’s not pick one over the other. Speak to that.
TED CRUZ: Well, if you look at the Syrian Civil War Assad is a bad man, has a terrible human rights record, he’s murdered his own citizens. But if you look at the rebels who are fighting far too many of them are radical Islamic terrorists. And if President Obama, aided by a lot of Washington establishment republicans succeeds in toppling Assad the result will be that Syria will be taken over by ISIS and the radical Islamic terrorists. That’s worse for U.S national security interests. And it’s the same mistake…you know what we see is these same players making the same mistakes over and over and over again. And it’s a level of naivety that makes no sense. You saw the same thing in Egypt when the Obama administration led the effort to topple Mubarak. Mubarak had a terrible human rights record, was a bad man likewise but had been a strong and reliable ally to America. Apparently that mattered nothing to this administration. Had been a strong and reliable ally and partner with Israel. That mattered nothing to this administration. They toppled Mubarak and the government was handed over to the Muslim Brotherhood which is a terrorist organization funding jihadists across the world. The policies of military adventurism of trying to promote democracy hurt U.S national security interests and you know who they help? They help the radical Islamic terrorists.
TED CRUZ: What Barack Obama and Hillary are proposing is that we bring to this country tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees. I have to say particularly in light of what happened in Paris that’s nothing short of lunacy.
DANA BASH: What would have happened if your father was trying to get from Cuba to the United States and the political leaders here said “nope we don’t think so because who knows maybe you could be somebody who could commit crimes against American’s?”
CRUZ: Well see that’s why it’s important to define what it is we’re fighting. If my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical Islamism that promotes murdering anyone who doesn’t share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them then it would make perfect sense.