Last weekend, President Donald Trump decided to launch a missile attack on Syria. This isn’t terrible in and of itself, as Syrian despot Assad should be removed, yes, but Trump’ motives and his support for the attack are pretty questionable.
In most cases, this would seem like fringe conspiracy theory stuff, but in 2017, it is entirely feasible that the strike was nothing more than a high-profile distraction from the ongoing investigations surrounding the Trump administration and their connections to Russia. There is evidence to suggest this, such as the facts that the base that was bombed was mostly empty and there is no plan in place for what happens next.
Then there’s the issue of how Trump ordered the attack, namely, without approval congress. What’s interesting here is that in 2013, President Barack Obama decided to, you know, actually abide by the constitution and ask congress if he could intervene in Syria, and obstructionist Republicans told him to go jump in a lake. Now that the president isn’t a black democrat, many of these same Republicans are praising the move. How about that?
RawStory.com has put together this list of 10 prominent Congressional Republicans that have pulled out the ole’ switcheroo on Syria to praise Trump’s move:
1.) President Donald Trump. Trump is, of course, the most notable person to change his mind on the merits of attacking Syria. In 2012 and 2013, he regularly attacked Obama for his desire to get involved with the Syrian conflict, and even suggested at one point that Obama would go to war with Syria to boost his flagging poll numbers.
2. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Although Ryan gave Trump his approval for Thursday night’s airstrikes, in 2013 he said that Obama’s proposed military strike “cannot achieve its stated objectives” and could make things worse.
3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). On Thursday evening, Chaffetz sent out a tweet that read, “God bless the USA!” But in 2013, he said he would oppose the use of force in Syria on the grounds that he saw “no clear and present danger” to the United States that would justify using force.
4. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Blackburn announced in 2013 that she would oppose Obama’s Syrian airstrike after being briefed. On Thursday evening, she approvingly re-tweeted President Trump’s quote that “no child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
5. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Although Rubio has been blanketing the airwaves praising Trump’s airstrikes, in 2013 he said that “I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of U.S. military force in the conflict.”
6. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Hatch gave Trump’s actions an “amen” on Twitter Thursday evening, but in 2013 he said that he had “strong reservations about authorizing the use of force against Syria.”
7. Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX). Olson cited his experience as a Navy veteran as a reason for opposing the use of force against Syria in 2013. Now, however, he is cheering on Trump by praising the president for doing what Obama would not.
8. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL). The congressman on Thursday night gushed about Trump’s airstrike, but in 2013 he worried that Obama had not done enough to seek a “diplomatic” solution to the crisis.
9. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN). In 2013, the congressman opposed intervention in Syria on the grounds that he hadn’t met a single person in his district “who believes we should fire missiles into Syria.”
10. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). In 2013, Gardner expressed “skepticism” of striking Syria and argued that he didn’t see “a compelling and vital” national interest in such an attack. On Thursday evening, he called Trump’s strike against Syria a “long-overdue action.”