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  • The Next Emperor

    03/27/2016 6:42:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    The next president will take office as this year’s $544 billion deficit pushes up the U. S. national debt to nearly $20 trillion. Scary, but mere chicken feed compared to the way more than one hundred trillion bucks in unfunded liabilities has already been racked up by our entitlement state. And, on top of that, add our outrageous world policeman fees. The Washington Post reports that, “thanks to various treaties and deals set up since 1945, the U.S. government might be legally obligated to defend countries containing 25 percent of the world’s population.” And boy, has America, World Policeman, been active! The...
  • Trump Is RightDump NATO Now

    03/25/2016 12:43:45 PM PDT · by all the best · 29 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | March 23, 2016 | David Stockman
    If you want to know why we have a $19 trillion national debt and a fiscal structure that will take that already staggering figure to $35 trillion and 140% of GDP within a decade, just consider the latest campaign fracas. That is, the shrieks of disbelief in response to Donald Trumps sensible suggestion that the Europeans pay for their own defense. The fact is, NATO has been an obsolete waste for 25 years. Yet the denizens of the Imperial City cannot even seem to grasp that the 4 million Red Army is no more; and that the Soviet Empire, which...
  • Donald Trump reveals foreign policy team in meeting with The Washington Post

    03/21/2016 10:23:33 AM PDT · by dlt · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3-21-2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Donald Trump revealed part of his foreign policy advisory team and outlined an unabashedly non-interventionist approach to world affairs during a wide-ranging meeting Monday with The Washington Post's editorial board. The Republican presidential front-runner listed for the first time five of the individuals who are part of a team, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), counseling him on foreign affairs and helping to shape his policies.
  • Pat Caddell: When Trump Finds Out Kasich Voted for NAFTA, Kasich Will Lose Ohio

    03/11/2016 9:34:16 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 69 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 3/11/16
    Breitbart) Veteran pollster Pat Caddell warns that Ohio Gov. John Kasichs vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement during his tenure in Congress could cost him both his approval rating as governor and the critical state primary. I believe I havent gone back and looked but I think he was in Congress in 93 and if so, Id bet you he voted for NAFTA. How much do you want to bet? Somebody ought to look that one up. Thats the real point this morning that could change the election in Ohio, he told Breitbart News executive...
  • Trump's strongest Republican supporters: Registered Democrats?

    12/31/2015 5:54:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 229 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    That’s odd. What could Democrats possibly see in a lifelong true conservative like Donald Trump? There’s something for everyone in Nate Cohn’s new post. If you’re a Trump fan, here’s the smoking gun that he really is a new Reagan, the guy who’s going to broaden the tent and sweep to victory in November by bringing centrist Democrats into the GOP. If you’re a Trump critic, here’s further proof that he’s the RINO of RINOs, a man who’s blended nationalism, center-left economics, and Jacksonian foreign policy into something that tastes better to members of the other party than it does...
  • Rand Pauls Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act

    06/06/2015 10:14:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 6, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled The Insincerity of Rand Paul. The senators legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Pauls 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against Iraq: mere constitutional punctilio to cover his real feelings. Steve is right. Congress statutorily authorized the use of military force in Iraq. Nothing more was constitutionally required. The real reason for Representative Ron Pauls formalistic nattering about a declaration of war was his opposition to American intervention in Iraq. That, in turn, was driven by his theory that it was American...
  • Listen to Rand Paul (Says the Muslim journalist/television host)

    06/05/2015 12:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2015 | Fareed Zakaria
    It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue: their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is “the worst possible candidate . . . on the most important issue.” Marco Rubio opines that “he has no idea what he’s talking about.” Lindsey Graham concludes that it would be “devastating” for the party to nominate him. Conservative commentators are even more vicious and ad hominem. The obsession with Paul is striking. In a Post op-ed last summer, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry mentioned Paul 10 times. I cannot recall an instance in recent decades when so much vitriol...
  • From the Heartland to Tripoli - American Interests in a Global Economy

    05/30/2015 8:27:54 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 30, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on isolationism and foreign policy, on Decoration Day... When the field is crowded, candidates find a way to differentiate themselves. No surprise there. One way that some candidates have chosen in recent years is to set themselves apart from the war hawks of the other party, or even of their own party, by preaching isolationism, and by declaring that isolationism is the true heritage of our Founding Fathers. They will quote Presidents Washington and Jefferson, who warned, on occasion, of the need to avoid entangling alliances like those of the Old World. And they will imply that isolationism ...
  • Does Rand Paul Even Understand What Isolationism Is?

    12/21/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ron and Rand Paul have complained about being wrongly dubbed “isolationists” even though that name arguably fits whatever passes for their foreign policy.Now Rand Paul has decided that opponents of bailing out the Castro regime are isolationists. All this proves is that Rand Paul doesn’t know what an isolationist is.“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked,” Paul writes in Time Magazine.Isolationism is a policy that the United States would adopt toward the larger world. An embargo on an enemy state in response to its actions against the United States is not isolationism.Rand Paul is...
  • Time for Libertarians to Put on Their Big Boy Pants

    08/25/2014 9:21:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-24-14 | Roger L. Simon
    I have always had a certain sympathy for libertarianism and it has only grown during the Obama administration. Who could believe in big government living under the fiasco of this mans presidency? And I am certainly not alone. Libertarianism, if we are to believe none other than The New York Times, has become quite chic. But paradoxically, during this same time frame, it has become perhaps even more evident that one of the apparent tenets of libertarianism a kind of neo-isolationism is, well, to put it bluntly, insane. In the era of the Islamic State (not to mention...
  • The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

    06/28/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dick Polman
    Its not exactly the Ali-Frazier Thrilla in Manilla, but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch. The libertarian ophthalmologist and the warlord emeritus have been pounding each other for months, and while its tempting to just kick back with popcorn and behold the entertainment, we do need to acknowledge the bouts deeper meaning. Because this is really about something quite serious. Republicans are profoundly split these days over foreign policy: between the non-interventionists who are increasingly wary of American military involvement abroad; and the neoconservative hawks who blundered us into Iraq and want us to keep flexing...
  • Mad Hatter President?

    06/23/2014 9:39:42 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 11 replies
    Will Hamilton Berger Ever Learn? I Hope Not! By Norma Zager Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. Alfred A. Montapert How can a society that disdains lawyers and creates lawyer jokes have been so enamored of Perry Mason? Now an icon, Raymond Burrs character was an instant legend with television watchers. Even the reruns are popular and continue today. So what was it about Erle Stanley Gardners character that made loyal fans tune in week after week to see Hamilton...
  • Paul: 'I'm not willing to send my son' into Iraq

    06/22/2014 2:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 22, 2014 | Jason Seher
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)One U.S. lawmaker firmly believes the United States should keep its sons and daughters out of Iraq's increasingly tangled and bloody conflict. "I'm not willing to send my son into that mess," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday. Appearing on "State of the Union," Paul acknowledged that while the chaos in Iraq intensifies by the day, he believes advances by jihadist Sunni militants on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shiite government forces do not pose an immediate threat to U.S. national security. Though he refused to rule out some kind of U.S. assistance, Paul...
  • Obama to outline case for a limited foreign policy

    05/25/2014 1:49:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2014 4:38 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close. The president will make the case for that seemingly more limited approach during a commencement address Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The speech will come amid growing frustration in the White House with Republicans and other critics who contend that Obama has weakened Americas standing around the world and faltered on problems across the Middle East and in...
  • Rand Paul: Less Aid to Israel Would Increase Its Sovereignty

    01/07/2013 5:49:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 07 Jan 2013 05:34 PM | Stephen Feller
    If financial aid to Israel were slowly decreased over time, it would increase the Jewish states sovereignty because they wouldnt need to get permission from the U.S. every time they need to defend themselves against aggressive neighbors, Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday. Paul said that while he knows the idea of decreasing any kind of foreign aid is a minority opinion in Washington, it will be a lot harder for America to help others if we are out of money, reported Fox News.
  • Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel

    01/27/2011 6:32:30 PM PST · by speciallybland · 217 replies
    JTA ^ | 01/27/2011
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel. Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing. Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end "all foreign aid." Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel. "Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look,"...
  • Rand Paul In Israel: End The Gravy Train Of US Foreign Aid

    01/09/2013 3:45:57 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 15 replies
    The U.S. Senator (R-Ky.), who is already being touted as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is showing some strong Woodrow Wilson-style isolationist tendencies. The role of the committee, according to its own website, is to develop and influence United States foreign policy, and in the past has helped shape foreign policy of broad significance. In other words, the actions of the committee matter just a bit, and the membership of a Senator like Rand Paul, whos primary policy goal seems to be deficit reduction and budget balancing to the exclusion...
  • Rand Paul: End 'welfare' to Israel

    02/04/2011 9:18:10 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 94 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4, 2011 | Jennifer Epstein
    Tea party-backed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isnt sure that congressional Republicans have the guts to make the big budget cuts theyve promised and, he said, members of the movement are becoming frustrated. Theres a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but arent maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come, the freshman senator said in an interview with ABC News, responding to the spending plan released Thursday by the House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which would cut non-defense discretionary spending by $58 billion for the rest of fiscal 2011. I go to...
  • Rand Paul: Its time to end foreign aid, including aid to Israel

    01/29/2011 10:50:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2011 | Allahpundit
    Skip ahead to 3:15 for the exchange on foreign aid generally and to 4:15 for the key bit. Paul’s not singling Israel out here; it’s Blitzer who brings it up, and Paul’s careful to offer praise before making his case that we simply can’t afford it anymore. He knows he’s suspect on this point because of his surname and has tried to deal with it behind the scenes. Remember this tidbit from that GQ hit piece on him last year? Ron Paul, in addition to his extreme views on the federal government, has been a harsh critic of the Republican...
  • (Rand Paul) GOP senator favors cutting US aid to Israel (deceptive title alert)

    01/28/2011 9:48:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    AP/KSL ^ | 1/28/11
    Freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul is calling for deep cuts in foreign aid, including eliminating U.S. money for Israel, a plan that has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans. The tea party-backed Paul unveiled a budget proposal this week that would slash overall government spending by $500 billion, saying the growing debt requires nothing less. It makes significant cuts in education, energy and defense while eliminating some agencies.
  • Rand to Introduce Bill to Halt Palestinian Aid Following Fatah-Hamas Accord

    04/28/2014 4:58:25 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 6 replies
    lawyerherald.com ^ | Apr 28, 2014
    According to a statement by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, he is planning to propose a bill that would suspend the US government's aid to the Palestinians. The proposal is said to be a response to the reconciliation between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah and Hamas, which is the militant Islamist group that currently rules the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Haaretz said that the proposal also follows the warnings issued by key Congressional appropriators Nita Lowey and Kay Granger, who has voted to cut off financial aid to the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the Palestinians' warming to the militant...
  • Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt's Generals: 'How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?'

    08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 122 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
    Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt's military -- even as Cairo's security forces massacre anti-government activists. "This is something that those who voted in Congress are going to have to live with," Paul told The Cable on Thursday. "The question is: How does their conscience feel now as they see photographs of tanks rolling over Egyptian civilians?" As the official Egyptian death toll climbs to 638, the legislation the Kentucky libertarian is referring to was an amendment to suspend aid to Egypt until the country holds free and fair...
  • Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Stand with Israel Act of 2014

    04/30/2014 5:53:08 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    paul.senate.gov ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Stand with Israel Act of 2014 Bill ends foreign aid to Palestinian government Apr 29, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul today introduced the Stand with Israel Act of 2014. This legislation halts all U.S. aid to the Palestinian government until they agree to a ceasefire and recognize the right of Israel to exist. The bill, S. 2265, can be found HERE and below: "Today, I introduced legislation to make all future aid to the Palestinian government conditional upon the new unity government putting itself on the record recognizing the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish...
  • Speech on the North Atlantic Treaty-Robert Taft, 1949

    03/07/2014 12:15:38 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 4 replies
    TeachingAmericanHistory.org ^ | July 26, 1949 | Senator Robert A. Taft
    Why did I vote against the Atlantic Pact? I wanted to vote for it-at least I wanted to vote to let Russia know that if she attacked western Europe, the United States would be in the war. I believe that would be a deterrent to war We issued just this warning in the Monroe Doctrine, and though we were a much less powerful nation, it prevented aggression against Central and South America. That was only a Presidents message to Congress, and there were no treaty obligations, and no arms for other nations. But it was one of the most effective...
  • Tune out the war party!

    03/03/2014 7:32:33 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 67 replies
    WND ^ | March 3, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With Vladimir Putins dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here. Barack Obama should tune them out and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow. When Red Army tank divisions crushed the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, killing 50,000, Eisenhower did not lift a finger. When Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall, JFK went to Berlin and gave a speech. When Warsaw Pact troops crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, LBJ did nothing. When, Moscow ordered Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to smash...
  • Obama, Ukraine and the Price of Weakness

    03/02/2014 2:42:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    There may be no way for the United States to reverse the Russias seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The Obama administration still has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for this aggression in response to the ouster of one of their stooge in Kiev by a popular uprising. Indeed, he would do well to listen to the advice of Senator Marco Rubio who outlined eight steps the U.S. should take in response to the crisis. But whether or not the president acts appropriately now, its probably too late to preserve the...
  • Back to the '30s: The Great American Retreat

    03/01/2014 5:08:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It happens after every war. America disarms. And so invites the next attack, and next war. The same haphazard pattern is emerging now -- even before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over, much as this administration pretends they are in order to cut the defense budget. On both those fronts, the enemy is rushing to fill the vacuum left by the American withdrawal. This country's retreat has allowed al-Qaida, its branches and assorted allies and successors, whether the Taliban in Afghanistan or freelance terrorists in Iraq, to advance. At this rate, it may be only a matter of...
  • A Brief History of Pacifism and Isolationism vs. Interventionism in the Republican +party

    12/26/2013 12:23:11 PM PST · by crazylibertarian · 15 replies
    Self - vanity | Dece,ber 26, 2013 | Roderick T. Beaman
    The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) is spearheading a return to the non-interventionist policies of Robert Taft of the 20s to the early 50s. Taft was defeated at the 1952 Republican National Convention for the nomination by Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is telling that Barry Goldwater attended that convention as an Eisenhower, not a Taft delegate. The neo-non-interventionists are destined for far more success in the Republican Party than any economic libertarian will ever find in the Democratic Party. As usual, history is instructive. Our Wars of 1812, Mexican-American and Spanish-American were strictly imperialistic. Our entry into WWI was engineered by...
  • Ron Paul Institute Blames America for Muslim Kenya Mall Attack

    10/01/2013 5:14:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontpageMagazine ^ | September 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Ron Paul Institute Blames America for Muslim Kenya Mall AttackPosted By Daniel Greenfield On September 30, 2013 @ 11:10 am In The Point | 56 Comments The Ron Paul Institute is not the institution to which Ron Paul has been committed. It’s the Ron Paul outlet. And it reflects his Blame America for Muslim Terror philosophy. What happened in Kenya is a terrorist act. But for Obama to tell the rest of the story would undermine his narrative and unravel Washington’s strange relationship with the al-Qaeda affilliated al-Shabaab organization that claimed responsibility for the...
  • Isolationists, Isolationists Everywhere

    09/09/2013 12:52:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9.6.13 | Matt Purple
    The Force is strong with the isolationists this week. John Kerry: This is not the time for armchair isolationism. Bret Stephens: Most Republicans don’t want to become, again, the party of isolationists. Michael Gerson: Nations such as China, Russia and Iran would see this as the triumph of a political coalition between the peace party of the left and the rising isolationists of the right. Calling someone an isolationist isn’t a devastating quip or even an accurate descriptor. Rather it’s the answer to a question that’s been looming over the bombadiers of yesterday’s right: How do they effectively label their...
  • The Robert Taft Republicans Return

    09/04/2013 9:52:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 125 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 3, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    The Robert Taft Republicans Return - Isolationism has never served the interests of America, or the GOP. 'We'll be lucky to get 80 Republicans out of 230." That's an astute GOP congressman's best guess for how his caucus now stands on the vote to authorize military force against Syria. At town hall meetings in their districts, the congressman reports, House Republicans are hearing "an isolationist message." It's not America's war. The evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons is ambiguous, maybe cooked. There isn't a compelling national interest to intervene. "Let Allah sort it out." We'd be coming in...
  • Ron Paul Sabotages Sons Race with Fringe Advisory Board

    04/25/2013 4:17:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The American Interest's Via Meadia ^ | April 25, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    The biggest question mark over Ron Paul has always been his affinity for unsavory wack jobs on the fringes of American politics, but these days hes turning that question mark into an exclamation point. The Daily Beast reports that the ex-Texas Congressman is creating the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a think tank concerned with what Paul considers important foreign policy and civil liberty issues. It appears that the institutes board contains some truly bizarre characters: Putin shills, Serb genocide apologists, 9/11 truthers, and pro-Confederate loons. Heres a summary of one of the members, John Laughland: A prominent...
  • The End of Pax Americana?

    10/07/2011 6:15:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Observing the correlation of forces in this city and the intensity of conviction in the base of each party, the outcome of the ongoing fiscal fight between Barack Obama and the Tea Party Republicans seems preordained. Deadlock. There will be no big jobs-for-taxes deal. The can will be kicked down the road into the next administration. A second truth is emerging. When the cutting comes, as it shall, the Pentagon will be first to ascend the scaffold. Why so? Consider. The Republican House cannot agree to tax increases without risking retribution from the base and repudiation by...
  • (Ron) Paul holds US liable for Gazans death (Interview w/ Iran's Press TV)

    08/26/2011 10:31:42 PM PDT · by mnehring · 53 replies
    Republican congressman Ron Paul says the US is aiding and abetting Israel in Gaza through its financial and military support for Tel Aviv. "The weapons being used to kill so many Palestinians are American weapons, and American funds, essentially, are being used for this," said the congressman Friday. Israel launched an all-out war against the Gaza Strip and its democratically-elected ruler, the Hamas movement, to put an end to rocket attacks against southern Israel. At least 821 Palestinians have been killed during the operation and some 3,330 others are reported wounded. At least 10 Israeli troops have been killed during...
  • Huntsman campaign jabs at Pawlenty over Afghanistan

    06/27/2011 5:45:45 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/27/2011 | Peter Hamby
    Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign is firing back at a top aide to Republican rival Tim Pawlenty who suggested Monday that Huntsman's skepticism about the ongoing U.S. mission in Afghanistan is "isolationist." In a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Pawlenty senior adviser Phil Musser previewed a "major" foreign policy speech that the former Minnesota governor is slated to deliver tomorrow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Musser said Pawlenty plans to "push back the isolationist strand that we are seeing in Republican Party," a remark that appeared to be aimed, in part, at Huntsman's call for swift troop reductions...
  • GOP splitting over U.S. role in Libya and Afghanistan

    06/19/2011 10:19:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 47 replies
    LA Times ^ | 19/6/11 | C. Parsons
    The debate was on public display Sunday as two of the GOP's leading figures on defense and foreign policy, Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, criticized Republican presidential hopefuls and congressional leaders who question the country's military intervention around the world. "There has always been an isolationist strain in the Republican Party," McCain said on ABC's "This Week," "but now it seems to have moved more center stage.... That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people all over the world." Graham said on NBC's "Meet the...
  • McCain hits 'isolationist' field (McCain attacks conservatives)

    06/18/2011 2:40:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-06-18 | Maggie Haberman
    Via Playbook, John McCain raps the Republican presidential field for what he sees as an isolationist strain that's emerging as the candidates shift away from strict hawkishness on foreign policy, and which cropped up at the New Hampshire debate last Monday. From the pre-taped interview with "This Week:" McCAIN: Well, I was more concerned about what the candidates in New Hampshire the other night said. This is isolationism. There's always been an isolation strain on the Republican Party that Pat Buchanan wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak....
  • The Founding Fathers Were Anti-War, but Pro-ZOT!

    06/14/2011 3:32:13 PM PDT · by Tom Mullen · 59 replies
    Tommullen.net ^ | 6/12/2011 | Tom Mullen
    The 2012 presidential election cycle is underway. With the Democratic candidate a foregone conclusion, there is not much uncertainty about where the Democratic Party is going. For better or worse, Democrats will likely continue to dance with who brung them, meaning Barack Obama and his brand of 21st century liberalism. Not so on the Republican side. After historic defeats and victories in the past two elections, respectively, the Republican Party has yet to define itself for the future. It must come to grips with the fact that its miraculous comeback in 2010, after crushing defeats in the presidential and congressional...
  • Crazy Ron Paul Still Blames the US for Islamic Extremism (Video)

    04/26/2011 12:11:05 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 25, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) told Sean Hannity tonight that he will announce his intent to run for President of the United States tomorrow. Ron Paul also praised notorious anti-Semite Michael Scheuer as someone he respects on foreign policy. And, of course, Ron Paul still blames the United States for Islamic extremism.
  • Bush warns of fallout from early Afghanistan exit (RINO attacks U.S. "isolationism")

    04/01/2011 10:36:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 104 replies
    (CNN) Former President George W. Bush is worried the U.S. might pull out of Afghanistan too early to the detriment of that country's women. In an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday, Bush warned that Afghan women will "suffer" should the Obama administration decide to downscale troop levels there. "My concern of course is that the United States gets weary of being in Afghanistan and says 'It's not worth it, let's leave' and Laura and I believe that if that were to happen, women would suffer again," he told Fox's Greta Van Susteren. "And we don't believe that's...
  • The Right's Left

    03/28/2011 4:05:28 AM PDT · by jenk · 16 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 03/28/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    A discussion has brewed on the right concerning the War Powers of the Executive Branch. I have read both Woods' "smack down" (his words) and listened to Levin's reasoned debate on his radio show, as well as the relevant Federalist Papers, checking back to see who wrote them, and the constitution itself. I have also read Yoo's discussion and the argument for Bush's war powers in the area of the War on Terror. That said, I have no tolerance for the Ron Paul view, nor many of his followers, not because I'm a huge fan (student) of Mark Levin, but...
  • Horrorfic Stabbing of Infant Shows Flaw in Leftist Worldview

    03/14/2011 11:53:18 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 33 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | March 14, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    A three month old baby girl was stabbed to death along with most of her family on Friday. In the Israeli settlement of Itamar on the West Bank, at least one terrorist broke into the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel (35 and 36). The mother and father of six were brutally stabbed to death in their bed. The killer(s) then stalked from room to room and slayed three of six children - two boys, Yoav (11), Elad (3), and a three month old infant girl whose name was Hadas. The children were literally slaughtered, an IDF officer said, describing...
  • Is Isolationism on the Rise?

    03/06/2011 9:06:12 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-02-25 | Jack Hunter
    In the 1980s the United States funded Iraqs Saddam Hussein yet considered Palestines Yasser Arafat and Libyas Muammar Gaddafi terrorists. And they were. But so was Saddam, who at that time was terrorizing his own people, gassing Iraqi Kurds while receiving Americas financial and political support. In the 1990s, the US declared Hussein a menace and we apparently changed our mind about Arafat, who was even invited to the White House to shake hands with Bill Clinton. In the 2000s George W. Bush went back to calling Arafat a terrorist, went to war with Saddam, who we also began calling...
  • The New Isolationism

    01/06/2011 7:41:19 PM PST · by americanophile · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | January 3, 2011 | Alvin S. Felzenberg & Alexander B. Gray
    Anything Reps. Ron Paul (R., Tex.) and Barney Frank (D., Mass.) both support should give the rest of us pause. Their proposal to slash defense spending by $1 trillion over a decade only the most recent joint effort by the new isolationists on the Left and Right to curtail American military strength around the world is as foolhardy as it is unrealistic. Were such a policy enacted, the nation and the world would be set on a path not toward peace, but toward instability, conflict, and a lessening of freedom in many corners of the world. As the...
  • Pat Buchanan Urges Michael Steele to Run as the Anti-War Candidate in 2012

    07/12/2010 9:57:32 PM PDT · by John R. Guardiano · 25 replies
    NewsReal Blog ^ | John R. Guardiano
    Pat Buchanans attempt to defend Republican National Committee Chairman (RNC) Michael Steele fails. Miserably. Steele, of course, recently insisted that Afghanistan is Obamas war, which cannot be won and should never have been waged. Pat defends Steele on free-speech grounds. A majority of Americans oppose the Afghan war, Pat cries. And the point made by Steele about the futility of fighting in Afghanistan has been made by columnists George Will and Tony Blankley, ex-Rep. Joe Scarborough, Ron Paul and antiwar conservatives and moderates. When exactly did supporting Obamas war policy become a litmus test for loyal Republicans? Pat misstates the...
  • Is Democracy Overrated?

    07/09/2010 4:53:37 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 24 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | 7/8/2010 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    With the disintegration of the Soviet Empire and the Soviet Union, and Beijings abandonment of Maoism, anti-communism necessarily ceased to be the polestar of U.S. foreign policy. For many, our triumph fairly cried out for a bottom-up review of all the alliances created to fight that Cold War and a return to a policy of non-intervention in foreign quarrels where no vital U.S. interest was imperiled. This was dismissed as isolationism. Seeking some new cause to give meaning to their lives, our suddenly superfluous foreign policy elites settled upon a crusade for democracy as Americas new mission in the world....
  • The "Big Ideas" of Gen. Petraeus (Diana West zings Petraeus of Arabia)

    05/10/2010 11:36:06 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 22 replies · 876+ views
    The Death of the Grown-Up ^ | Monday, May 10, 2010 | Diana West
    He did discuss COIN principles, which begin with "securing and serving the people." Not the American people, mind you; but local populations within and of the Islamic world. It is the disastrous vacuousness of COIN doctrine that it ignores the existence of Islamic culture, Islamic law, as I've written many, many times, but it is the disastrous vacuousness of COIN doctrine that now, by the general's telling, influences all US military thinking. Worse than thinking, however, is how COIN doctrine manifests itself in unconscionable rules of engagement predicated on "courageous restraint" as a means, COIN theory goes, to make them...
  • Libertarianism's foreign policy folly

    02/26/2010 8:13:12 AM PST · by caldera599 · 32 replies · 437+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 02/26/2010 | Justin Jurek
    Libertarians have many good things going for them. They oppose massive federal spending and the growth of the welfare state in America. They support liberty for all Americans. They believe in curbing federal power over the economy by getting rid of the Fed and promoting sound money at home. All essentially good ideas. Though, as the old saying goes, no one is perfect.
  • Ron Paul and the Dangers of Isolationism (His reckless ideas can do a lot of damage)

    08/07/2009 4:47:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies · 1,752+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8/7/2009 | Spencer McCarthy
    Ron Paul has built a reputation through the farce of his views rather than his personality as a man harping back to the ideals of a bygone era that never really was. In an age of uncertainty and instability, it is not surprising that he gained somewhat of a cult status during the presidential elections with his overtly populist (but fatally misguided) prognosis of world affairs. Presenting himself as the avuncular and wiser statesman of U.S. politics, an arch opponent of U.S. interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and just about every other form of contact with the outside world,...
  • Liberal Isolationism ( "Obama's unwisdom" )

    04/06/2009 5:39:00 AM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 746+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 04/06/2009 | Jed Babbin
    North Koreas launch of a three-stage Taepodong-2 missile Saturday night was not to put a commercial satellite in orbit. The idea that the Stone-Age communist nation would do anything commercial is oxymoronic. And the missiles payload didnt go into orbit: it flew over Japan and fell into the Pacific. The North Korean launch was another test in its pursuit of military power, a fitting end to a week in which the Obama administration relentlessly pursued the doctrine of liberal isolationism. Liberal isolationism was invented by Franklin Roosevelt, who took no action to prevent Hitlers rise. It was further developed by...