Candy Crowley's roundtable discussion this week was a bunch of Monday Morning Quarterbacking regarding the threat of the formidable terrorists known as ISIL. The panel included the most notable failure of the Virginia GOP, former A.G. Ken Cuccinelli. He served under Governor Bob McDonnell, famous then for his mandatory vaginal ultrasound for anyone considering an abortion, but is much more notorious these days for his recent felonious convictions.
I'm not too sure how an Evangelical Christian with no military experience should be considered reputable regarding war policy, but he was there to balance out the presence of Penny Lee, a one-time adviser to Senator Harry Reid. Since both sides are guilty of the exact same bias, we need to balance things out. Yet it always seems on Sunday Morning that the scales generally tip to the right.
Ironically, when Ken was the candidate for governor of Virginia, he took an opposing position on President Obama's request for action in Syria to prevent exactly what ails us today. Attorney General Cuccinelli II said that he is opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria in October of 2013. His words were,
"As for me, I don’t believe the United States should be intervening in Syria, period. After a decade of war and many Virginia families losing loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am very concerned about putting more of our servicemen and women at risk for an effort that would not — in my view — address the national security interests of America.”
Here's a man who was entirely opposed to the type of action we are engaged in in Syria, who is genuinely amazed by the lack of discomfort this president feels when embarking on another massive military operation. Funny, in 2013, he was perfectly ok with a non-interventionist stance, yet today, he admonishes the president for being apprehensive to use the word war over counterterrorist strategy. President Obama depicts the mission as an assault on a fundamentalist group that seems to value medieval tactics of assassination of anyone who doesn't share their twisted ideology.
Kenny C. couldn't help but compare the awful stress that all the fallout from the preemptive strike on Iraq in 2003 is causing President Obama. He's almost giddy that his Republican colleague put this leader in a quandary and laughs at the tenuous choices the president must make. He said,
"he was defying the advice of his entire military council, all of it until it just couldn't be done any longer. And you made the point about the potential for impact in the elections coming. This discomfort doesn't help him gain his footing as his team needs him to be standing strong and improving his poll numbers. They're getting worse."
Of course anyone's poll numbers would plummet if the entire opposition party was trying its damnedest to impede any progress. This interview showed exactly how malevolent the GOP has become and the fact that Ken Cuccinelli now has a better paying job with Republicans elucidates that point perfectly.