Oh, snap. Former head of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King has been openly and emphatically in favor of a Syrian strike, as well as dismissive of the supposed need for the president to check in with Congress before doing so. Regardless of basically agreeing with what the president claims he wants to do with a Syria intervention, he is not even a little bit pleased with how Obama has been (mis)handling the situation. On Meet the Press this morning, King pretty much tore Obama apart on his total lack of decisiveness, strength, and leadership — and very aptly so, I might add, hearkening back to the political tendencies of the president’s early years:
I just wish the President had laid this out better. I wish he’d quit backing away from his own red line, and I wish he was more of a Commander-in-Chief than a community organizer. … What I mean by that is, he was Commander-in-Chief. For one year he said this red line was there. And then the red line is crossed, and he sends Kerry and Hagel out, all set to basically have an attack. We’re told that Congress is not needed. At the eleventh hour he brings in Congress. And then he says it’s not his red line. So here’s a person who’s vacillating. I can’t imagine Harry Truman and John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower ever putting the nation in a position like this on a military policy.