1.) Should the U.S. military intervene in Syria?
Cruz’s past position: “We have no dog in the fight of the Syrian civil war.” (Late November, interview with Bloomberg News).
Cruz’s current position: Bomb Syrian territory until the sand glows. “We will carpet bomb them into oblivion,” Cruz said in Iowa this month, speaking about Islamic State militants in Syria. “I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”
Which sounds like: He has a dog now. Cruz now wants the U.S. to attack one major player in Syria’s multisided civil war — the Islamic State — while sending arms and aid to another set of players, the Kurdish militant groups.
But: Cruz believes he hasn’t changed his mind. In fact, his campaign says, his two positions are entirely consistent … as long as you accept that America’s fight against the Islamic State doesn’t actually involve America in the Syrian civil war.