— POLITICO (@politico) December 5, 2015
Cruz: We'll defeat radical Islamic terrorism…carpetbomb them into oblivion..don’t know if sand can glow in dark..we’re going to find out.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 5, 2015
Wait. What? https://t.co/xbZFO1qRS1
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) December 5, 2015
Also promises that the Resolve Fairy will grant him three wishes https://t.co/QuF51oLEmT
— Daniel Larison (@DanielLarison) December 5, 2015
Big talk for a small, small man. If Cruz had spent his adolescence reading science fiction instead of hectoring his parents and lecturing his schoolmates, he’d know the correct Tuff Guy Talk is “bomb the Arabian Peninsula into a sheet of radioactive obsidian.” A solution which makes as much sense as announcing he’s gonna solve the nascent termite problem in his basement by setting fire to his neighbor’s house, but I bet Ted Cruz looked very butch (to Ted Cruz) when he practiced snapping off his manly threats to the bathroom mirror.
Context, per the Washington Post, which also has video:
DES MOINES — “If I am elected president, we will utterly destroy ISIS,” the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate told reporters. “We won’t weaken them. We won’t degrade them. We will utterly destroy them. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. We will arm the Kurds. We will do everything necessary so that every militant on the face of the earth will know if you go and join ISIS, if you wage jihad and declare war on America, you are signing your death warrant.”…
Also on Saturday, the Cruz campaign is beginning to air a new television ad in Iowa featuring a similar vow to “kill the terrorists.”
Cruz’s comments to reporters came during a pep rally in Des Moines with dozens of volunteers, many of whom came from Texas to stay at “Camp Cruz,” a former college dormitory that the candidate’s campaign has commandeered as temporary housing for volunteers….
Of course, Iowa evangelicals should have no problem with apocalyptic war in the Middle East, because they are Ready for the Rapture!!! And so is Ted Cruz, 2016 god-king candidate for his own personal Republic of Gilead.
WOW: Ted Cruz surging into first in Iowa. Just one poll, but could be an inflection point. https://t.co/GvOUSM6Zcd
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) December 7, 2015
In case there's any doubt Ted Cruz is still lurking in the shadows ready to steal those prize Trump voters. pic.twitter.com/sm84h1HQHp
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) December 5, 2015