Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) noticed that President Obama was not honest with Americans about the reality of multiple situations abroad during his State of the Union (SOTU) speech.
On the Senate Floor, Cruz said, “I wish we all lived in the Utopian world President Obama painted on Tuesday, but in just one week numerous news reports suggest this world belongs more in the realm of fantasy than reality. American leadership is not defined by global opportunities to ‘do good and promote understanding,’ contrary to what President Obama claimed last week.
American leadership is defined by defending and promoting the values that have made our nation great. We do this not by ignoring unpleasant realities or refusing to admit failure, but by facing our challenges and accepting responsibility for our actions, while speaking out with a clarion voice for the freedoms we enjoy, which should be the aspiration of every man and woman on the planet.”
Cruz subsequently sent out a press release that debunked statements Obama made regarding foreign policy in his speech.
During his SOTU speech, Obama claimed that Syria’s chemical weapons were being eliminated — but that process is not taking place as promised.
Obama also said, “It is American diplomacy, backed by pressure, that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.”
But this is not true. Cruz’s press release pointed out that “in reality, no enriched uranium has been destroyed and no centrifuges have been dismantled. In fact, the Iranians quickly refuted
="line-height: 1.5em;"> the President’s claim, since announcing that they have not halted their progress in the slightest. While billions of dollars now flow into Iran because of a recent and terrible deal struck to relax sanctions, there has still been no renunciation of Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism that has killed Americans in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the mullahs have
="line-height: 1.5em;"> the President’s claim, since announcing that they have not halted their progress in the slightest. While billions of dollars now flow into Iran because of a recent and terrible deal struck to relax sanctions, there has still been no renunciation of Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism that has killed Americans in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the mullahs haveexecuted 40 people in the first two weeks of January alone.
That should be no surprise knowing that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has gloated, ‘The Geneva deal means the surrender of the big powers in front of the great nation of Iran.’”
Obama only mentioned Israel once during his speech. When he did, he assured Americans that we will always be “at [Israel's] side.” However, multiple reports have suggested that John Kerry is telling multiple European countries to boycott Israel unless they agree to Kerry’s proposed “framework.”
Cruz complained that many “crucial international issues were simply ignored by the President” during his SOTU address. For instance, Obama did not mention Benghazi at all.
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