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Why Cruz thinks it's a bad idea to topple Middle East dictators - The Washington Post

If Sen. Ted Cruz had his way, Middle Eastern dictators would remain in power.

Cruz has been attempting to thread the needle on foreign policy, trying to position himself somewhere between the more hawkish factions of the party (Marco Rubio) and the more dovish wings (Rand Paul). Cruz has vowed to “carpet bomb” the Islamic State, but has said that the United States should not get involved in the Syrian civil war.

The Texas Republican is trying to distinguish his foreign policy in a big way: by stating that he does not believe the United States should topple dictators.

Cruz argued that when Moammar Gaddafi was toppled in Libya, it created a vacuum and allowed terrorists to move in; in Egypt, when Hosni Mubarak was no longer in power, the Muslim Brotherhood took over. Cruz does not believe the United States should overthrow Bashar al-Assad in Syria, arguing that it has no place getting involved in the Syrian civil war.

“Assad is a bad man. Gaddafi was a bad man. Mubarak had a terrible human rights record. But they were assisting us — at least Gaddafi and Mubarak — in fighting radical Islamic terrorists,” Cruz said.

This stance draws a line between Cruz and Rubio, who have repeatedly clashed on foreign policy. It also allows Cruz to lump Rubio in with Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state when these regimes were ousted, and President Obama.