Drudge, Buchanan, Rand Paul & Justin Amash highlight hypocrisy of Obama supporters
Paul Joseph Watson
September 4, 2013
While ideologues of the so-called “anti-war” left have offered milquetoast dissent or even supported Barack Obama’s planned attack on Syria, conservative icons in both politics and media are leading the backlash against another potentially disastrous foreign intervention.
It’s a phenomenon that many are attempting to understand – what happened to the substantial and vehement army of anti-war leftists who opposed George W. Bush in the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? The vast majority of them undoubtedly voted for Obama once if not twice, and are apparently placing their slavish devotion to the President above the interests of the country by refusing to speak out against an aggressive intervention that could spark a far wider regional conflict.
It’s a sentiment encapsulated by Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who admitted that the only reason she and other Democrats would vote for Obama’s resolution on Syria was out of “loyalty” to the President.
While leftists have largely remained silent , media conservatives like Matt Drudge and Pat Buchanan, along with political heavyweights like Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Justin Amash have comprised the tip of the spear in opposing the White House’s rush to war.
As the Washington Times’ Ryan James Girdusky highlights, Syria has thrown fresh spotlight on the rise of the anti-war right.
“Where is the antiwar left on the war?” he asks, “Mostly silent. Not even Vermont’s Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has come out in early opposition of a war with Syria.”
“Our Nobel Peace Prize-winning President has killed thousands of innocent children across the Middle East with his drone strikes as well as the antiwar left with his empty rhetoric,” adds Girdusky, calling on Republicans to “leave behind the foreign policy of President Bush.”
Just check out some of the tweets from recent days by leading conservative thinkers in both media and politics, individuals who are not only putting the so-called anti-war left to shame but also establishment Republicans like McCain, Graham and Boehner who have all voted to back Obama’s war.
Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) September 3, 2013
It's now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian. Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) September 3, 2013
If Members of Congress care at all what constituents think, they will not authorize strikes in #Syria. Never seen an action w/ less support.
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) September 4, 2013
I wanted to be proud of Pres. asking for Cong. authority. And I was until I heard him say, but it's just a fake vote http://t.co/x6tANcd6lA
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) September 4, 2013
When we fight, we fight because we have to and we fight to win. I'm not sending my son, your son or anyone else's son to fight for stalemate
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) September 2, 2013
Obama will tell Congress to approve Syrian bombing on 9/6. Write or phone – tell him to Stay Out of Syria! – http://t.co/ZTzR3VBeoD
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 3, 2013
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) September 3, 2013
— Patrick J. Buchanan (@PatrickBuchanan) September 4, 2013
— Patrick J. Buchanan (@PatrickBuchanan) August 27, 2013
All you need to know about Syria is this:Gazprom and Natural Gas. It is always about energy.You thought Haliburton was bad, this is sick!
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 3, 2013
Compare this sentiment to the likes of “anti-war icon” Noam Chomsky, who has actually expressed support for increased military intervention in Syria by advocating the Obama administration arm the Al-Qaeda-led rebels.
“I believe you should choose the negotiating track first, and should you fail, then moving to the second option” — backing the rebels — “becomes more acceptable,” said Chomsky, while calling for an attack so long as it is backed by the United Nations.
One notable exception on the left has been Oliver Stone, who has aggressively opposed Obama on Syria and recently called the President a snake in light of the NSA spying controversy and the Edward Snowden affair.
Conservative backlash against an attack on Syria has also been dovetailed by a wave of active duty and military veterans taking to Twitter to express their opposition to fighting on the same side as Al-Qaeda as part of the #IdidntJoin meme.