Texas senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz issued a statement to the Washington Free Beacon, commenting on the multiple Islamic terrorist attacks over the weekend in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, telling Obama and his ilk to “take off the blinders” and end the refugee program from “hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East.”
Cruz, a longtime harsh critic of Obama’s politically correct nature of avoidance dealing with the realities of radical Islamic terrorism, said that ISIS, an organization previously considered a “JV team” by Obama, could have been defeated two years ago. Instead, Cruz contends that Obama has allowed the evil movement to metastasize, resulting in the types of terrorist attacks that took place on American soil over the weekend.
Ted Cruz called it a mistake to refer to these types of incidents as lone wolf attacks and that it’s past time to “take off the blinders” and call the enemy what it is: “radical Islamic terrorism engaged in a coordinated campaign designed to disrupt our very way of life.”
Below is the full statement obtained by the Free Beacon:
“Terrorist attacks over the last several days across our homeland, from Manhattan to Minnesota, indicate we are moving into a new phase of the war against ISIS and alQaida, who are increasingly targeting Europe and the United States. Two years ago, a focused, aggressive military campaign against ISIS’s claimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq might have effectively destroyed the terrorist group, but ISIS has instead spent the last year seeding radicals in the West, disguising jihadis as refugees and radicalizing Muslim citizens online and encouraging them to remain in the U.S. and fight here. Meanwhile, other networks such as alQaida and the Taliban remain determined to resume the attacks on America that began on September 11, 2001.
As we confront this new phase, we must avoid the trap of misconceiving these attacks as isolated incidents somehow disconnected from the larger ideological struggle against jihad. It is past time to take off the blinders and call the enemy what it is: radical Islamic terrorism engaged in a coordinated campaign designed to disrupt our very way of life.
We must start by fully supporting our law enforcement community, from the heroic off-duty officer Jason Falconer, who neutralized the terrorist in the St. Cloud mall, saving many lives, to the FBI officers in New York who have worked swiftly to identify and apprehend the likely mastermind of the weekend bombings. We also desperately need the active participation of American Muslims who see the jihadis for what they are: the enemies of all who celebrate freedom and tolerance. Congress should act to prevent Americans who have travelled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country. We can’t overcome our enemies by pretending they don’t exist, and undermining our first line of defenders. Only together, clear-eyed and determined, can we defeat this foe.”