Cruz: Change of course on Afghanistan reveals Obama’s ‘failure’

Cruz: Change of course on Afghanistan reveals Obama’s ‘failure’

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCountdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity' Cruz: House 'fully intends' to impeach Trump MORE (R-Texas) says President Obama’s reversal to keep troops on the ground in Afghanistan through the end of his second term symbolizes the “failure” of his foreign policy.

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“It’s a recognition that what the president has been saying for years, that al Qaeda is decimated was never true, that it was political spin” Cruz said in an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press” aired on Sunday. “The reality is we live in an incredibly dangerous world and sadly the failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy have made the dangers greater.”

Cruz declined to say whether he would keep forces in Afghanistan if he were elected president.

“It will depend on the mission,” he said. “I don’t believe we should be engaged in nation building… But I do believe the job of our military is to protect this country, to hunt down and kill jihadists who would murder us.”

The GOP primary contender also said the “utter failure” of the president’s foreign policy has left the door open for Russia to exert its influence in the Middle East.

Cruz also said the U.S. should focus its attention on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria rather than unseating President Bashar al-Assad.

“Look, we have no business stickin’ our nose in that civil war,” he said. “An there’re a lotta politicians, including Hillary Clinton on the left and including quite a few of the Republicans running for president on the right, that want us to get in the middle of that civil war.”