Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Takes a Star Turn as GOP Policy Weathervane

Words cannot express my joy at being represented in Congress by this paragon of consistency and statecraft that is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Why, just consider the warm fuzzy feeling one gets from reading stories like this:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., endorsed a no-fly zone in a Feb. 26th press release when she said “stronger penalties must be imposed in order to hold the regime accountable for its heinous crimes, and to prevent further violence against the Libyan people. Additional U.S. and international measures should include the establishment and enforcement of a no-fly zone…”

But after the President imposed the no-fly zone, on March 20th, Ros-Lehtinen had concerns which she expressed in a new press release.

“I am concerned that the President has yet to clearly define for the American people what vital United States security interests he believes are currently at stake in Libya,” she said.

I happen to think that the second position is more sensible than the first, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were some principles (other than the destructive one of a will to power) driving the modern GOP?

(Meanwhile, three wars now. And counting.)

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