Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for a vote on Gina Haspel to be CIA director, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
When it comes to President Trump’s foreign policy on Iran, few Republicans in Washington, D.C. have gone on the record defending it as much as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has. He also hasn’t been shy at all when it comes to taking the Obama administration to the woodshed over their disastrous Iran policy, which did exactly the opposite of containing the Iranian regime.
Thankfully there were no American or Iraqi casualties in the attacks, but that didn’t stop Cruz from absolutely unloading on the Obama administration, who he accused of funding the very missiles used in last night’s strikes:
“If you look at Iran policy, I think you’ve seen a dramatic shift [under President Trump],” he said. “Under Barack Obama, as you noted, the policy was appeasement. The policy under the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal under Obama was to give over $100 billion to Iran.”
Cruz recalled how $1.7 billion in cash was sent via airliner to Iran — “on pallets, in the dead of night.”
“In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. servicemen and women tonight were paid for by the billions the Obama administration flooded the ayatollah with,” he said, “If history teaches anything, it’s don’t give billions of dollars to people who hate you and want to kill you.”
"Under Obama as you know the policy was appeasement…the policy was to give over $100 billion to Iran… the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. servicemen and women tonight were paid for by the billions that the Obama administration flooded the Ayatollah with." — Sen. @tedcruz pic.twitter.com/SNCcZw0KzZ
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) January 8, 2020
I’d say that sums up things pretty well.
This is a point President Trump has made time and time again as well when pressed on the Iran situation by panicked members of the press, and the Obamaites are most certainly not pleased with the reminder:
On whether Obama admin paid for missiles that hit Iraqi bases per @realDonaldTrump, @AmbassadorRice: "This is another series of despicable lies by President Trump. Fact that 3 years after taking office he remains obsessed w/ Pres Obama shows (his) extreme weakness & insecurity."
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) January 8, 2020