Roscoe G. Bartlett – Now And Then

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) is out blasting President Obama over the Libya decision:

“The United States does not have a King's army," Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) said in a statement released Monday evening. "President Obama's unilateral choice to use U.S. military force in Libya is an affront to our Constitution."

Bartlett said Obama's team has repeated "the mistakes" made by the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations when they plunged U.S. forces into the Kosovo and Iraq conflicts without first seeking congressional approval.


"It is self-evident that the tragic situation in Libya is not an emergency since the Obama administration sought and obtained support from both the Arab League and the United Nations Security Council to authorize military force against [Gadhafi]," Bartlett said in the statement.

But what did Bartlett say about Iraq? Well here comes the wonders of the internets:

Bartlett: I supported our President and our troops once the decision was made, but I did urge more debate and preferred a declaration of war before we entered Iraq. I also wanted more Arab and Islamic members in our international coalition. However, we are in Iraq. America and the critical Middle East are both safer without Saddam Hussein. To win the war against terrorism, we must succeed in assisting the Iraqi people struggling to overcome foreign terrorists and insurgents and establish a government that will serve their interests instead of an anti-American tyrant's. No other country is willing or capable to lead this effort. To cut and run would create a power vacuum and make Iraq a haven for terrorists.
Source: Candidate Website Date: 10/04/2008

Now let me see if I got this straight. Bartlett wanted President Bush to seek more support from the Middle East for Iraq, but President Obama seeks support from the Middle East and that discredits the decision? I would love to see someone in the media push Bartlett on this.

And why did he support the former President “once we were there”, but not supporting our current President “once we are there”? Does Rep. Bartlett understand his words are undermining our troops and giving strength to the enemy (remember – this is what Republicans constantly said when Democrats questioned Iraq)?

If this isn’t a prime case of  IOKIYAR, I don’t know what is.