First let me state that I'm against military intervention in Syria right now. I'm a strong supporter of the president, but I don't agree on this push for military action right now. I'd rather a diplomatic solution.
I opposed the war in Iraq because I knew it would become a long, drawn out costly affair. And of course it was. Now comparing Obama to Bush in this case is inaccurate because Bush was pushing for a full invasion of Iraq with hundreds of thousands of ground troops. Obama is not pushing for this, he is just pushing for a limited air strike. It is not the same as the run up to the Iraq war.
However, my concern is that a limited air strike could escalate into something much bigger. Syria may retaliate against someone, or what if one of our fighter pilots was shot down and taken prisoner in Syria? Then we would need to send ground troops into the country to rescue him, and this could lead to a larger conflict.
If I was in the Congress, I would listen to what the president would have to say, and let him make his argument for action, but I would probably end up voting against military action at this point. It doesn't matter whether the president is a Republican or Democrat, I just tend to oppose what I feel is unnecessary military action and wars.
I opposed the Iraq war not because a Republican president was proposing it, I opposed it because I sincerely felt it was a mistake. If Bill Clinton wanted to invade Iraq back in the nineties, I would have opposed it then. But I now feel I am seeing ridiculous hypocrisy coming from Republicans on this matter.
I believe that most of the Republicans who oppose this action are not opposing it in sincerity. They are opposing it because it is a Democratic president in the White House. We all know that if Mr. Romney was president and was proposing striking Syria in the exact same way, they would all be for it, and they would accuse anyone against it of being anti-American and unpatriotic.
Remember during the lead up to the Iraq war? All the Republicans blindly supported it and accused those who opposed it of being America haters. Now most of the Republican assholes oppose military action solely because it is a Democratic president. Now there is nothing wrong with supporting or not supporting military action in Syria. If you support it, fine. If you oppose it, fine. You have a right to your opinion. But at least be sincere about it. When the Republican senators and congressmen oppose the action PURELY BASED ON OBAMA HATE, well that's just damn hypocrisy.
In my deep red state of Louisiana all of the Republican congressmen oppose it. You can bet if Mr. Romney was president these same idiots would be all gung ho for more war, and they would be accusing any opponents of My. Romney's rush to war of being anti-American, unpatriotic and all that crap. I don't hold it against them if they oppose the possibility of strikes against Syria in good faith, but if they oppose it purely because of partisan politics, well that's pure hypocrisy.
I'm sure most of us here at the D Kos oppose the proposed Syria action. But we oppose it on good faith. We just tend to be anti-war most of the time. At least we don't blindly and unquestioningly support a Democratic president just because he's a Democrat. If we blindly supported everything a Democratic president does just because he's a democrat, well that would be hypocrisy just like the Republicans.
But of course Mr. Obama isn't proposing war with Syria, just a limited attack. But there is always the possibility that a limited attack could escalate, and that is why I would prefer a diplomatic solution. But seeing hypocritical Republicans oppose any attack on Syria solely due to partisan political reasons and Obama hate is disgusting. Of course if "President Romney" was calling for a full fledged boots on the ground invasion of Syria, the hypocrite Republicans would be all for it and accusing anyone opposed of "hating America." Their hypocrisy is just disgusting.