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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Who needs principles?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/opinion/26collins.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212

Earlier this month, Newton “Newt” Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News that if he was in charge of the country the first thing he would do about Libya would be to “exercise a no-fly zone this evening.”

Then President Obama made exactly that decision. Newt must have been thrilled!

“I would not have intervened,” he told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show.

Cynics might suspect that Gingrich’s only real principle is to be opposed to whatever Obama is doing.

Perhaps Newt spent too much time on Fox News, reflexively objecting to everything Obama proposed.

I’m not saying Newt is necessarily wrong the second time; I’m not at all sure our intervention in Libya will work out well – it seems to have some chance of becoming yet another war in an Arab country. But the inconsistency of position is disturbing.