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Cruz's Rhetorical Skills Are Outmatched by His Misguided Ambition | Commentary

“One of the problems with all of this focus on Syria is it’s missing the ball from what we should be focused on, which is the grave threat from radical Islamic terrorism. Just this week is the one-year anniversary of the attack on Benghazi,” he said.

Taking Cruz at his word requires an understanding of quantum politics in which alternate truths coexist simultaneously. Using chemical weapons is a distraction, so we should rally world opinion against it. The Syrian rebels are in league with al-Qaida, but focusing on Syria is a distraction from “radical Islamic terrorism.” In fact, attention paid to Syrian war crimes distracts us from Benghazi, the focus of umpteen congressional hearings.

Our checks-and-balances Constitution requires Americans to agree to disagree. In deciding whether to go to war, we should respect those who disagree in good conscience. But by seeking to gain political advantage in the debate over whether to kill Syrians, Cruz has shown himself worthy not of respect but contempt.

Jason Stanford is a Democratic political consultant based in Texas. He writes the Behind Frenemy Lines blog at jasonstanford.org.

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