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Ted Cruz blasts Obama: ‘Don’t give weapons to people who hate us’ in Syria

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While most of the Senate is debating immigration reform this afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz took time to deliver an address on the Senate floor criticizing President Obama for his decision to intervene in Syria.

Cruz warned that there were elements of al Qaeda supporting the rebels and highlighted reports of desecrations of churches, kidnappings, rapes, and beheadings.

“These forces are engaged with a deadly struggle with the Assad regime and President Obama has chosen this moment to signal that it is now suddenly in our vital security interests to intervene in Syria,” Cruz said. “It seems far more likely a recipe for disaster.”

Part of the problem, Cruz noted, was arming the Syrian rebels with guns and ammunition.

“Regardless, let me suggest a simple rule,” Cruz said. “Don’t give weapons to people who hate us. Don’t give weapons to people who want to kill us.”

Cruz criticized Obama for not appearing in person to make the case for intervention in Syria to the American people — choosing instead to announce it through a White House spokesperson.

Cruz referred to a recent Pew poll, which reported that 70 percent of Americans opposed arming Syrian rebels.

“In a case where his policy is so at odds with the will of the people, it’s beholden on the President to make his case and persuade us that this proposed intervention is necessary,” Cruz explained.

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