Thursday, March 24, 2011

Make Up Your Mind, Newt

Newt Gingrich was for the intervention in Libya before he was against it.

Earlier this month, former Speaker of the House and current presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was hammering President Obama for not intervening in Libya.

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Now that Obama has initiated a no-fly zone over Libya, Gingrich has completely reversed his position with no apparent explanation. He told Politico over the weekend — less than 24 hours after Obama took action — that “it is impossible to make sense of the standard for intervention in Libya except opportunism and news media publicity.”

Mr. Gingrich has now gone to Facebook — where else — to explain his flip-flop, but his post is so convoluted that it makes no sense in practical terms. Or standard English, for that matter. (As one commenter noted, Mr. Gingrich has had as many positions on Libya as he’s had marriages.)

What it basically comes down to is that if President Obama is for something, he’s against it, and if President Obama is against it, he’s for it. He could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he had just come out with that.