Sen, Ted Cruz, R-Texas appeared on the Sean Hannity Show on Thursday, September 12 , 2013 and delivered a sharp response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s New York Times attack on American exceptionalism, according to Human Events.
“’Autocrats have reason to fear when Americans focus on our principles, and focus on exceptionalism, because it’s been American exceptionalism that stood up to the Nazis, stopped the murder from the Nazis,’ said Cruz. ‘And it was American exceptionalism that stood up to the Soviet Union and freed hundreds of millions from behind the Iron Curtin. So Putin is right to be concerned about American exceptionalism.’”
Cruz’s response was certainly more forthright than that of the current president of the United States, which has been all but nonexistent. Cruz went on to express doubt that an arrangement with Russia to deprive Bashir Assad of his chemical weapons would actually happen. He echoed the sentiment of other analysts by suggesting that President Obama was projection weakness in the Middle East, to the detriment of the United States and to the advantage of Russia and its allies such as Syria and Iran.