Happily back then with the next Presidential campaign far off the donor “Circle of Activists” could not exert enough pressure.
Sadly now they seem to have tightened their grip, and most GOP Presidential aspirants (no doubt egged on by loot-crazed consultants) are scrambling to supply them with what they want: American blood on Syrian soil.
GOP Candidates Back Deeper Intervention in Syria by William Maudlin The Wall Street Journal November 1, 2015 gloats
Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush said they would go further than the Obama administration has to stop Islamic State in Syria and Iraq…The Hill’s account of the Sunday talk shows Republicans blast Obama’s Syria policy By Bradford Richardson 11/01/15 adds the interesting detail that Carson also wants a confrontation with Russia
Messrs. Carson and Bush said in interviews broadcast on Sunday that they would go beyond the current administration, establishing either a no-fly zone in Syria or a similar “safe zone” to protect opposition forces fighting embattled Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad…
Rival Florida Republican Mr. Rubio, a U.S. senator, also backed deeper military support on the ground…Mr. Rubio said Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation.” Mr. Rubio said Islamic State, also known as ISIS, won’t be defeated unless they face an army of Sunni Muslim foes. “And that won’t happen without American assistance at some level,” he said.
“My much, much, much bigger plan involves Putin and Iran also,” Carson said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Those are the forces that are propping up the Assad regime, even though Putin came in there and said he was going to fight ISIS, he’s really fighting the anti-Assad forces.”and reports
Carly Fiorina described the president’s plan as “too little, too late” ...Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said “Sending 50 American Special Forces into Syria in the eyes of ISIL shows that Obama is not all-in, it is a sign of weakness to ISIL… I see Russia and Iran mopping the floor with Obama and Kerry,”This is going to be an electoral disaster. In 2012 when Sheldon Adelson purchased control of the Romney campaign and forced that feckless individual into the belligerent stance I noted in The Definitive Word On Romney's Israel Grovel, the result was a collapse in key support: Subservience To NeoCons Costing Romney White Blue Collar Women Vote. All the Democrats have to do is stay silent.
Donald Trump was excluded from the Talk Shows this weekend. The managers must have wanted uninterrupted war drum beating. As The Wall Street Journal sniffed
Mr. Trump...has essentially welcomed Russia’s moves in Syria, saying Moscow is helping do the world’s dirty work fighting Islamic State there. Other top GOP candidates reject Mr. Trump’s noninterventionist viewpoint.Dissenting from the war choir could win Trump a lethal competitive advantage here. And, of course, more hatred from powerful people.