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Carpet-Bombing ISIS, As Explained By Ted Cruz

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he wants to "carpet-bomb ISIS into oblivion." It sounds simple, but is he overlooking something?

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | December 16, 2015

What would it mean to "carpet-bomb" ISIS? 

"You have said you would 'carpet-bomb ISIS into oblivion, testing whether or not sand can glow in the dark.' Does that mean leveling the ISIS capital where there are hundreds and thousands of civilians?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked during the GOP debate. 

"What it means is using overwhelming air power to utterly and completely destroy ISIS," Ted Cruz said.

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Carpet-bombing, by definition, is indiscriminate bombardment. Think Nazi Germany's blitzkrieg of Britain in World War II. (Video via U.S. National Archives

That sort of mass bombing in Syria and Iraq would cause major casualties among civilians where ISIS has set up its so-called caliphate.

But in talking about carpet-bombing, Cruz also says this: "You would carpet bomb where ISIS is. Not a city, but the location of the troops."

Bombing ISIS where it is, is exactly what the U.S. and its allies are already doing. In other words, precision bombing. (Video via U.S. Central Command

As of mid-November, coalition airstrikes had damaged or destroyed some 16,000 targets.

This video includes music by Chris Zabriskie / CC BY 4.0.

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