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Jeb Bush: Cruz’s call to carpet-bomb ISIS is ‘foolish’

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday blasted fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Sunday for proposing a saturation bombing campaign against territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

{mosads}Bush warned the strategy would be a particularly bad idea in cities, such as Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which is controlled by ISIS.

“There are 800,000 people who live in Mosul. There’s probably 5,000 Islamic terrorists who control the place. We’re going to destroy 800,000 lives with a carpet-bombing activity? This is foolish. It is absolutely foolish. And he had to back away from it,” Bush said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Bush said Cruz’s comments on bombing were “clumsy.”

“It was a little unusual to see him stumble a bit,” he added. “If you want to develop the coalition as you asked, you can’t talk about carpet-bombing Mosul or carpet-bombing held territory by ISIS that brings huge collateral damage.”

Cruz, however, has said cities should not be targeted by intensive airstrikes.

“You would carpet-bomb where ISIS is, not a city, but the location of the troops,” he said this month. “You use air power directed — and you have embedded special forces to direction the air power. But the object isn’t to level a city. The object is to kill the ISIS terrorists.”

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