from Truth In Media:
“The Middle East was better off with Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi in power.”
Those words are from Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
But is he right? What do the numbers show in the years since the Iraq war?
This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.
“We’ve seen a consistent mistake in foreign policy, we’ve seen Democrats and a lot of establishment Republicans in Washington get involved in toppling Middle Eastern governments, and it ends up benefiting the bad guys,” Cruz said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “It ends up handing them over to radical Islamic terrorists.”
In that statement, the senator explains how he believes American intervention since the start of the Iraq war has led from one disaster to another.
“Was the world in fact a better place the middle east a better place when Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein was in power and when Assad wasn’t fighting for his life in Syria?,” Cruz asked. “Of course it was. That isn’t even a close call.”
Well, without question the senator is correct. The Middle East was without question a safer and more secure place under Gaddafi, Hussein and when Assad wasn’t fighting for his life. But to really get that point, here are some numbers to consider.
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