January 17, 2016 10:00 pm -


Ted Cruz doesn’t understand carpet bombing. He thinks we did it in the first Gulf War. We didn’t. He thinks we can do it now, but it would be ineffective and kill innocents.

On Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Cruz to respond to military experts who have insisted that “carpet bombing ISIS would never work.”

In fact, former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Robert Scales, argued that carpet bombing was “just one of those phrases that people with no military experience throw around.”

“I will apologize to no one with how vigorous I will be winning the war on terror,” Cruz replied. “We will start by having a president who will acknowledge our enemy, say it by its name, which President Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse to do.”

“And you want to know what carpet bombing means?” he continued. “Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Desert Storm. In 1991, we had roughly 8,000 planes. Today, we have 4,000. Our Air Force has dropped in half. In 1991, we had 591 ships in our Navy. Today, we have 272. It’s dropped nearly in half. In 1991, we had over a third more soldiers in our Army.”

“And we were launching 1,100 air attacks a day. We were carpet bombing them. And after 37 days of 1,100 air attacks a day, our troops went in in a day and a half and mopped up the remnants of the Iraqi Army because that’s the effect of carpet bombing.”

Wallace, however, noted that the U.S. military leaders insist that carpet bombing was never used in the first Gulf War.

“We did precision striking,” Wallace said. “In addition — if I may — the Iraqi Army was all massed by itself in the Kuwaiti desert. We’re now talking about ISIS soldiers who are not massed, they are embedded in Mosul, they’re embedded in Raqqa with civilians.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.