No matter which strain we happen to be a part of or what other differences of opinion we may have, one of the unifying factors of the broader Left has been a general antipathy towards war, albeit in varying degrees (i.e. moderates tend to be a bit more fluid on this issue, while radicals are pretty consistently anti-war).
But now that the threat of military action in Syria looms over us, we’re supposed to act like all these Republicans have had their road to Damascus moment and seen the error of their warmongering ways?
Bullshit. The GOP opposition to the war is cynical and politically-motivated. They just don’t want to admit that they agree with Obama, because they’re afraid of the racist, reactionary Tea Party monster they unleashed a few years ago. If Romney were president, we would have already bombed Syria by now and probably had some ground troops as well (after all, it is Iran’s route to the sea).
Oh, and before you even say it… I don’t want to hear that “well, I’m actually a libertarian” bullshit, either. Remember how prominent libertarians like John Hospers, Randy Barnett, and Brink Lindsey came up with convoluted reasons why nation-building in Iraq was actually a great idea and totally concordant with libertarian ideals? Remember how Ron Paul voted to authorize the war in Afghanistan? Libertarians talk a good game, but they’re hardly ever there when you need them.
At the end of the day, I guess it comes down to this: how much credit do you give someone for doing the right thing for the wrong reasons?