Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina, says he’s upset that President Obama isn’t taking a more forceful role in Libya. Though Obama announced Saturday that he had authorized U.S. forces to begin a limited military action in Libya “in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians,” Graham and his wacky, wild GOP cohorts want more. They believe America needs to get in there and mix things up. Or, as Newt Gingrich recently said, to hell with the UN and NATO. We’re America—we do as we please.
It’s an odd stance for the Republicans to take, considering they led us into the hellish quagmire that is Iraq. If you recall (and, certainly, you recall) that effort was done largely on the powers of bombast and bullshit. We’re America! We kick ass! Let’s get ’em! Or, to quote George W. Bush, “Bring it on.”
The Republicans want to paint Obama as a Carter-esque wuss, and while he may well be a Carter-esque wuss, it doesn’t seem so wise/nice to bash your own president as he navigates the nation through conflict.
Oh, wait—that was actually a position taken by Republicans back during Iraq. The ol’ how-dare-the-Dems-question-Bush-during-a-time-of-war.
Frankly, after eight years of machismi bullshit, I’ll take the president who contemplates, then acts.