Skip to comments.GOP Peaceniks?
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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“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)
I have heard this sentiment also, in private of course.
A great way to tackle the deficit and future debt? End the wars
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