Cruz who was a guest on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos laid out what he sees as the biggest reason not to take military action against the Syrian regime.
"I think a military attack is a mistake. For two reasons. One, I think the administration is proceeding with the wrong objective and two because they have no viable plan for success. We ought to be defending U.S. national security and going after radical Islamic terrorists," said Cruz.
The proposed attack, he went on to explain is not in defense of national security but rather about defending amorphous international norms.
"It (this attack) is not based on defending Americans or our allies rather it is explicitly framed by President Obama, by Secretary of State Kerry as a defense what they call international norms and I don't think that's the job of our military," continued Cruz.
The senator emphasized that there are other actions that would be more effective. Some of those actions could include cutting off Iraq's $500 million dollars in aid unless they stop allowing the Iranians to use their airspace to resupply Assad and forcing a vote in the UN Security Council and make Russia and China be on record in favor of letting Assad continue to use chemical weapons. Not only that but Cruz is in favor of tough action against both Russia and China. The tough action Cruz would like to see implemented include reinstatement of the anti -ballistic missile system in Eastern Europe that Obama shut down to appease Russia earlier in his presidency and with regards to China the sale of F-16's to Taiwan should go forward.
An attack, Cruz concludes would not help us in our fight against al-Qaeda or terrorism.
"In June 2013, the intelligence showed of the nine major rebel forces in Syria, at least seven appear to have significant ties to al-Qaeda and the problem with this strike is one of two things is possible. Either the strike is really significant, it weakens Assad and the result is the rebels are able to succeed and if what happens there is al-Qaeda or al-Nusra taking over and extremists terrorists getting access to those chemical weapons that hurts U.S. security."
Whether Cruz or the president are right, should the U.S. sit idly?