Friday, November 30, 2007

Candidate Review - The Iraq War - Ron Paul

I'm afraid Wayne Wilson does appear to have run for the hills. Pity.

Anyway Ron Paul is the odd man out among the Republicans when it comes to Iraq, which is, of course, a big part of his appeal.
The war in Iraq was sold to us with false information. The area is more dangerous now than when we entered it. We destroyed a regime hated by our direct enemies, the jihadists, and created thousands of new recruits for them. This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars. We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.

Both Jefferson and Washington warned us about entangling ourselves in the affairs of other nations. Today, we have troops in 130 countries. We are spread so thin that we have too few troops defending America. And now, there are new calls for a draft of our young men and women.
Ron Paul seems to be a libertarian isolationist. Nothing wrong with that, but his opposition to the Iraq war is on different grounds than many of the Democratic candidates (and much of the Liberal Base (although many are successfully fooling themselves otherwise)). Still it is nice to see a Republican admitting the obvious, even if he is kind of no - hoper.

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