One day before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes on a resolution on whether to support a limited attack on Syria, two Republicans on opposite sides of the debate both had criticism of President Barack Obama.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called the upcoming vote "fake," since Obama has indicated he can act without Congressional approval anyway. Paul is a member of the committee set to vote on Wednesday's proposal.
"It's sort of like we've announced in advance: Oh, it's going to be just a 'little war,' not a 'big war.' And it won't last too long, and we're not going to have regime change," Paul said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."
"So we really have no military objectives, but please support us in this 'little war' that the president needs to have so he can save face because he drew a red line," Paul said. "That's not a compelling reason."
Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey appeared before the Senate committee Tuesday to argue the president's case.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has from the outset supported Obama's right to order an attack without congressional approval. But he told CNN Tuesday that if Obama wanted to go to Congress for backing he should have done so earlier "so it didn't look like a last-minute flinching on his part."
It "causes a lack of credibility on his part, and, ultimately, on the country's part because he's the commander in chief," King said.
Asked about Paul's views against involvement, King said it was fine to debate honest differences, "But Rand Paul basically always comes down on the side of an isolationist, withdraw-from-the-world perspective. I thought Republicans got rid of that with Charles Lindberg in the 1930s."
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