This week the leading Republican warhawk in the House of Representatives, congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000378′ ], joined forces with the Washington Post’s detestable Dana Milbank to attack Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] on foreign policy.
Kinzinger, who openly endorsed Jeb Bush for President months ago, has been a leading advocate along side Senators [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] for getting the United States deeply involved in the terrorist on terrorist civil war taking place in Syria.
Kinzinger in the past has backed arming the Syrian rebels, using US air power to take out Assad’s air force and enforce a no-fly zone which would effectively topple him, sending 10,000 or more US ground troops into Iraq to deal with ISIS, and wanted President Obama to launch airstrikes against Assad in 2013 for the use of chemical weapons. It should be noted Kinzinger also wanted the US to launch heavy airstrikes on ISIS forces as they began their blitzkrieg into Iraq last year.
It was on the point of bombing Assad in 2013 for using chemical weapons that Milbank and Kinzinger launched their attacks against [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] for being a hypocrite, and as Milbank says a “Charlatan”, because he hammers President Obama on the campaign trail for being a weak leader and yet lead the effort in Congress to not authorize the President to go after Assad.
“I think [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] bears some responsibility for not enforcing the red line,” Kinzinger told me. “The Republican support began crumbling the more Cruz spoke. His words implied that anyone who voted for strikes would be acting as an agent of al-Qaeda.”
Funny I thought it was the American people, left and right, Tea Party and Occcupier, who came together to oppose having the United States get involved in that quagmire.
Kinzinger who has a long history of attacking [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], as well as [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], not to mention his famous Sunday show appearance attack on Heritage, FreedomWorks, and Club for Growth at the same time, also told Milbank, “If you’re somebody who is going to say you stand on principle,” the congressman said, “you can’t have foreign policy views that shift in the wind.”
Naturally Milbank would go to a leading establishment Republican, whom people seem to be grooming to one day be in the Senate, to attack one of the leading conservative and Tea Party voices in politics today.
Principles is a strange word to hear come out of the mouth of Kinzinger given that he has no allegiance at all to Republican and conservative principles given his steadfast support of amnesty, so much so that he’s willing to let the military be used to give citizenship to DREAMers. Then there is Kinzinger’s statement last year were he joined with other moderate establishment Republicans in caving on the need to repeal Obamacare, we need to “fix it” he says.
And on the conservative Republican foreign policy principle of peace through strength, well let me just say I don’t think he gets that, especially the consequences on ones possible actions. Taking out Assad, or his air force, or a no-fly zone in that country all accomplish only one thing ISIS takes over. That isn’t good.
For the record it should also be pointed out that Milbank, Kinzinger, and the rest wanted to bomb Assad over chemical weapons, weapons that have been used by ISIS in Syria and Iraq on multiple occasions.