The Opposite of Whatever Obama Is Doing, Part II

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(w/ stories by Olivier Knox and Jordi Zamora) Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the incoming House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, speaks on the phone during an interview with a Miami radio station from her office in the Rayburn House Office Building December 9, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ros-Lehtinen vowed to cut the US State Department and foreign aid budgets and use US contributions to force reforms in multilateral organizations like the United Nations. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: MANDEL NGAN/2010 AFP

Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on February 26:


"[S]tronger penalties must be imposed in order to hold the [Qaddafi] regime accountable for its heinous crimes, and to prevent further violence against the Libyan people. Additional U.S. and international measures should include the establishment and enforcement of a no-fly zone."

Ros-Lehtinen on March 19, the day the military strikes on Libya began:


"The bottom line is you’ve gotta ask what is the U.S. security interest in getting involved in Libya,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “Because there’s unrest everywhere. Today it's Libya, tomorrow it will be somewhere else .... We are broke and that’s why we have to be selective about where we’re going and why we’re going."

Maybe she's running for president?

Key House Republican Pulls a Newt on Libya? [TPM DC]