Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is so hawkish you almost expect to see him perched on someone’s arm at every press conference or interview in which he appears. He’s most assuredly cut from the cloth that gave us the “bomb now, aim later” foreign policy of the Bush/Cheney doctrine, and now it’s evident he’s definitely going to be one of the voices on the right clamoring for a war effort in Syria. King said over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday” that he thinks the libertarian and Tea Party wings of the the conservative movement are isolationists who are “damaging to the nation.” One interesting dynamic to watch is going to be the Tea Party and the NeoCons battling it out over what do about Syria.
Typically, Republicans of any stripe can’t turn down a good ol’ fashioned American combat engagement. However, the Tea Party is supposedly against the kind of wanton spending on military endeavors that the Bush White House was so into. Perhaps most importantly, it’s President Obama asking for the permission to strike, and both TEApublicans and the more mainstream members of the GOP have been all-too-willing to rebuff the president at every turn. So now that the tempting prize of another American war is on the table, how will the Republican Party respond? Fascinating stuff.
Watch Peter King chastise members of his own party for not being on board with military action in Syria, courtesy of the Huffington Post: