Republican Party’s thank-America-last crowd emerges in wake of Moammar Gadhafi’s death
Republican politicians who wouldn’t congratulate Barack Obama if he cured cancer are showing their usual colors in response to the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as we see HERE:
Sen. Marco Rubio [above] appeared on Fox News this morning to respond to reports of Moammar Gadhafi’s demise. His first instinct wasn’t to thank American troops, but rather, to thank French troops.
“Today’s not a day to point fingers,” the right-wing Florida senator said. “I’m glad it’s all working out. Ultimately this is about the freedom and liberty of the Libyan people. But let’s give credit where credit is due: it’s the French and the British that led in this fight, and probably even led on the strike that led to Gadhafi’s capture, and, or, you know, to his death.
Remember hearing about the “blame America first” crowd? Well, say hello to the “thank America last” crowd.
Rubio, by the way, isn’t the only member. In August, when Gadhafi’s government fell, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement in which the Republicans commended the “British, French, and other allies, as well as our Arab partners, especially Qatar and the UAE.” McCain and Graham eventually said Americans can be “proud of the role our country” played, but nevertheless condemned the administration’s “failure” to act the way the GOP senators wanted.
Republicans hate the president so much, they just can’t bring themselves to credit him for the success of the mission, or even thank American servicemen and women for their service in completing the mission.
ADDENDUM: And then there are the FIVE POSITIONS Mitt Romney has taken with regard to Libya — most of them critical of Obama:
Have you had any difficulty discerning Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney’s precise position on the US involvement in the NATO mission in Libya?
The one consistency has been criticism of President Obama.
But beyond that, he’s seemed a bit all over the Libyan map.
UPDATE: After his appearance on Fox News this morning, where he thanked the French and the British for the Libyan operation, Sen. Rubio issued a STATEMENT in which he finally got around to giving credit to the Americans, as well.