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I’ve given the GOP establishment plenty of grief over the years. But the epitome of this establishment, Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, has actually given the proper response in the wake of nation’s latest war which did on Face the Nation this morning:
“Lugar warned that the U.S. is investing huge sums of money in a foreign endeavor at a time when the domestic economy is still struggling.”It’s a strange time,” he said. “Almost all of our congressional days are spent on budget deficits, outrageous problems. Yet, at the same time, all of this passes, which is a very expensive operation.”
No only this but Lugar has also called for Congressional discussion, debate and ultimately a vote on the policy itself, so that our country cannot just go to war when the UN and the Arab League says it’s okay to do so. It seems Lugar and others in the establishment are rediscovering their roots in the Republican Party traditional foreign policy, the kind he grew up and began his public career with.
Of course there are other responses today, whether from Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum or John McCain, and predictably enough they either fall in one of two categories: 1). Not enough and 2). Not soon enough. In other words its criticism of the policy after the fact which means its no criticism at all because it agrees with fundamentals of the policy, just not the details. One again when it comes to foreign policy President Obama has all the cards…unless there’s a groundswell of opposition coming Congress.
This means its up to the Tea Partiers (Rand Paul has already announced his opposition) to remember one of the reasons they came together was to restore Constitutional government and they can do so by demanding the President either gives a Declaration of War or Congress cuts off funding for this little enterprise. Now’s their chance. If they really believe the country is broke, how praytell can we afford paying for another war? Cutting funding to NPR? Do they really believe the President can take us to war whenever he wants? If not, then now’s the time to do something about it. If they don’t, I’ll root for Lugar in his upcoming GOP primary for re-election than any Tea Party phony who lets his Jacksonian nationalism once again get in the way fiscal discipline, Constituional law and just plain old common sense.
(By the way, if conservatives wish to remain consistent, you’ll take after Palin for criticism the President’s policy in India. After all the grief the Dixie Chicks or Al Gore received for doing the exact same thing. What’s good for the goose, right?)