Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I Didn't Think Anybody Could Out-Crazy Trump, But Ted Cruz Just Pulled It Off. Pubs Will Be Cruz-in' For A Bruiz-in' If Ted Gets The Nod

     Ted Cruz is making some headway in the GOP primary polls, apparently deciding that
Tailgunner Ted
Jab That Finger.  Curl That Lip.  You Be Baaad.
(photo from businessinsider.com)
crazier you get these days, the better your standing among Republican primary voters.  If you thought Trump's recent bashing of religious freedom  (which even that right wing stalwart Dick Cheney considers an affront to American valuespushed the "crazy" envelope to its limits, consider the "can-you-top-this?" nuttiness that Ted Cruz just came up with while hustling a bunch of Republicans in Iowa over the weekend:  "If I am elected president, we will utterly destroy ISIS. We won’t weaken them. We won’t degrade them. We will utterly destroy them. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion."  Then Mister Tough Guy added, "I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out." 
    My oh my, that guy sounds baaaad.  The chicken-hawkish Cruz, who never served in the military and "regrets" that he never did (yeah, right, tell that to the Marines) hasn't got a clue about carpet bombing, its effects or its military value. And that bit about "sand glowing in the dark?"  Is he saying he's ready to use nuclear weapons?  Good grief, where did this madman come from?  First off, Cruz might check with some Vietnam vets and get their opinions on how our "Rolling Thunder" carpet-bombing campaign worked over there.  From my vantage point at the DMZ I'd say it did squat, which I think is borne out by history. It wasn't but a couple of years after the U.S. departure that our enemy's flags were flying over big swatches of territory that, per Cruz's strategy, we were "bombing into oblivion." Not only are they not "oblivion" but they now contain some of the world's largest rubber plantations. I saw them a few years ago with my own eyes when I went back to the Nam
Carpet Bombing In Vietnam
I Watched Us Doing This.  Didn't Work.
(photo from wikipedia.com)
to check things out.  Fact is (and military historians, feel free to help me out with this), I don't think carpet-bombing as a strategic plan of action has ever had anything in the way of lasting success.  

     In the second place, could you imagine the civilian casualties that a carpet-bombing campaign would inflict?  I'd say that a program like that would create exponentially more enemies, both military and political, than it would ever destroy.  Even that forum of level-headed conservatism, The American Conservative, calls Ted Cruz's idea "atrocious."  The man is plain crazy and dangerous.  That he and Trump are contending for first place in the hearts of Republicans is a sure sign that the GOP is ready to go down the paths of Goldwater and Alf Landon (1936, check it out), so mired in rhetoric and bombast that the surest destination is political oblivion itself.  


  1. Here we go again. Send our young men and women off to die so old men and women can satiate their egos.

    When will we ever learn?

  2. Are you genuinely criticizing Ted Cruz's rhetoric about carpet bombing by hearkening back to the effectiveness of literal bombing in Nam? I seem to recall people talking about turning the Mideast into a glass bowl too, why dont you jump that too by explaining the impossible physics of creating glassware with nuclear bombs.

    1. Obviously you've never heard of Trinitite, AKA, Alamogordo glass ...the glassy residue left on the desert floor after the plutonium Trinity nuclear bomb test.

  3. I remember Curtis Lemay from years ago who wanted to do basically the same thing during WWII. So did MacArthur in Korea. Lemay got his wish with Hiroshima and Nagasaki but Truman told MacArthur to come home, shut up, and fade slowly away. Its easy to put someone else's neck on the line when you are a political animal but much more difficult when it is your neck, or a relative's neck on the line.

  4. Sand glowing—that's an alarming statement, not just for American voters, but for allies seeing the possibility that America could elect a President willing to advocate the use of nuclear weapons.

  5. Crazy, extremely dangerous and about as wrong as you can get. From the perspective of military history, the only perspective that matters when evaluating the efficacy of a planned military operation your assumptions are borne out by history. The efficacy of strategic bombing to achieve its goals is poor at best. The United States utterly failed in it's attempts to carpet bomb the Vietnamese into submission. Hitler and Goring utterly failed in their attempts to bomb Great Britain into submission and when the allies switched from tactical to strategic bombing in order to shorten the war, bombing the Reich 24 hours a day they failed utterly and it could be argued they lengthened war. General Curtis LeMay and a young Robert McNamara fire bombed hundreds even thousands of Japanese cities into ashes to little effect leading to the use of the nuclear bomb that finally did the trick. All the air cruise missiles and air strikes of the Iraq war can be counted as strategic failures as well. The incidents of air power alone decisively effecting a strategic outcome are virtually nil. One of the few exceptions that comes to mind is the Kosovo War where Wes Clark managed to bomb the Yugoslavs into submission. This is a dangerously stupid man, completely ignorant of military history who shouldn't be allowed any where near the levers of military power.

  6. Bad History Alert!!

    @anonymous 3:27: Gotta throw the BS flag here. Here is "Bombs Away" LeMay's feeling on bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

    “The war would have been over in two weeks without the Russians entering and without the atomic bomb. The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.” General Curtis Lemay.

    WWII was prolonged by FDR's insistence at the 1943 Casablanca Conference for unconditional surrender. Churchill was against it and most likely Stalin.

  7. Nothing like bombing a people into the Stone Age to make them love you for your freedoms.