Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz appeared to question the commitment to U.S. security on the part of President Barack Obama. Appearing on the November 14 broadcast of FOX and Friends, the Repubilcan from Texas reflected on the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13. In five separate incidents, more than 125 people were killed in two bombings and three machine-gun assaults in central Paris. French President Francois Hollande went on air soon after the attacks and promised “merciless” revenge, citing the Islamic State as the responsible party.
Fox News host Jon Scott asked Cruz, “If you do succeed in winning the office does it mean application of military force toward ISIS?” Cruz responded, “It means that we will have a Commander in Chief who takes seriously defeating radical Islamic terrorism. I recognize that Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country. He may be tired of war but our enemies are not tired of killing us.”
Three terrorists were killed by French security forces on the evening of November 13. On their bodies were found passports from Egypt, France, and Syria. In one case, the government of Greece announced that the Syria had passed through Greece after having declared himself a “refugee.” For its part, the Islamic State released a video that boasted, “This is just the beginning.” President Hollande said that France is now on a war footing. Rumors are rife in the French capital that Hollande may invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which calls on allied nations like the U.S. to assist France. Reportedly, the U.S. is currently assisting France to identify the terrorists involved in the deadly attacks.