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| Robert Dreyfuss
Posted on 03/19/2010 9:36:05 PM PDT by molybdenum
Last December, when President Obama launched his second escalation of the Afghan war, he did so with the unflinching support of the Republicans, the right, and neoconservativies. But a small group of conservatives, libertarians and assorted contrarians on the right has opposed the war, and yesterday I journeyed to the Cato Institute to find out whether that nucleus of anti-war opposition is significant or not. The answer: maybe, but probably not. The Cato conference was entitled "Escalate or Withdraw? Conservatives and the War in Afghanistan," and it brought together several ultra conservative members of Congress: Tom McClintock (R-CA); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)...
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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; cato; conservatives; duncan; iraq; mcclintock; neocons; norquist; rohrbacker; wot
McClintock said that "virtually everyone agrees that going into Afghanistan the way we did was a mistake" and that more than half of the Republican caucus has strong misgivings about the war. On Iraq, Rohrabacher made the surprising assertion that "almost all" of the GOP members of the House think that it was a mistake to invade Iraq. And Duncan, who cited his experience in facing a Republican primary challenger who criticized Duncan's antiwar views, said that the vast majority of Republican voters in his conservative Tennessee district agree with him. His opponent, he said, won 12 percent of the primary vote.
“All three of them [McClintock, Duncan and Rohrabacher] came down strong, close to saying that practically everybody” in the Republican caucus agrees that the Iraq-Afghanistan efforts are misguided. The problem is, he said, most of the Republicans believe that the Republican voter base won’t tolerate anything other than lock-step support for the war. Why? “Because Bush identified the Republicans with Iraq and Afghanistan.” (Norquist)
posted on 03/19/2010 10:22:16 PM PDT
((A nation without borders is not a nation......Ronald Reagan.))
I have heard this sentiment also, in private of course.
A great way to tackle the deficit and future debt? End the wars
posted on 06/15/2010 10:25:10 AM PDT
(In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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