The Congressional vote on whether to strike Syria will offer the best insight yet on which wing of the Republican Party — the traditional hawks, or a growing bloc of noninterventionists — has the advantage in the fierce internal debates over foreign policy that have been taking place all year.On one side, you've got the Rand Pauls of the GOP:
“John Kerry is, you know, he’s famous for saying, you know, how can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?” Mr. Paul said. “I would ask John Kerry, how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?”And on the other, you've got the Lindsey Grahams:
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also raised the danger from Iran on Monday afternoon after he and Mr. McCain met with Mr. Obama. “The connection between Syria and Iran is clear as a bell,” Mr. Graham said.I guess the good news for Republicans is that the one thing they can continue to agree on is that they hate President Obama. They just can't decide on the best way to go about hating him.
Mr. Graham, a longtime friend and ally of Mr. McCain, also had a message for those he called the libertarians: “Fortress America I just don’t think will work.”