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The Antiwar Right: Our Time Is Near by Justin Raimondo

by Justin Raimondo | December 09, 2009
Antiwar.com

Neocons like Reihan Salam are worried that Republicans will soon "begin to abandon the president en masse over Afghanistan." As well they might be: Salam, a self-described advocate of "a Pax Americana foreign policy," and a fellow at the New America Foundation – a corporate-funded let’s-promote-"new"-but-safely-conventional-ideas, formerly headed up by James Fallows – knows his enemies, and is preparing to meet them, albeit not head on. Before the battle is joined, however, he wants to define the enemy – in his own terms, of course.

There are plenty of antiwar conservatives to cite, including politicians: the primary example being Rep. Ron Paul, whose presidential campaign mounted an amazingly successful challenge to the GOP Establishment – and, as a result, earned the undying enmity of the neocons. There are others: John Duncan, Republican of Tennessee, Rep. Walter B. "Freedom Fries" Jones (R-North Carolina) – whose stunning turnaround on the war provoked a neocon hissy-fit and an electoral challenge, both of which he survived – but Senor Salam chose Jason Chaffetz, a freshman Republican from Utah, perhaps because he’s the newest addition to a growing group. But also, perhaps, because it’s easier to characterize his "antiwar" views in a certain, limiting way.

"Among grassroots conservatives," Salam avers, "there is a growing sense that the U.S. military is too hamstrung by concern about civilian casualties and political correctness to wage an effective military campaign under Obama, which implies that there is little point in offering him political support." According to Salam, Chaffetz "makes this point explicitly," but this is not at all clear. Here is what Chaffetz actually says:

"We must redefine the Rules of Engagement: A politically correct war is a lost war. If we are going to sacrifice lives and resources in this fight, we must go in with everything we have. We must be committed to win. But then we must go home. Anything short of an all-out commitment to accomplish the mission puts too many American lives at risk."

Rather than saying that the strategy we’re pursuing isn’t bloodthirsty enough – a typically neoconnish criticism – Chaffetz appears to be advocating a Colin Powell-esque approach: go in with overwhelming force, or else don’t bother. The reference to political correctness may be a thrust at the new counterinsurgency doctrine recently adopted by the Petraeus-CNAS clique within the administration, the centerpiece of which is the goal of "protecting" the Afghan population from … itself. Go figure.

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Why the New Anti-War Right is Wrong

This is a great post a friend made making a lot of the same points. http://www.connorboyack.com/blog/why-the-new-anti-war-right-...

WE are the anti- war right

and we need to get busy distinguishing ourselves from the neocons and recruiting the disenfranchised left and independants! We need to have a visible leadership for the non-interventionists!

Help contact C4L and YAL ~ get them to endorse this rally! There will be another one in March and we need a strong showing!!

Go here for more details:

End US Wars Rally ~Dec 12th, Washington DC
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/118337

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"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

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And our effort to distinguish ourselves

is on two fronts: we have a solution different from both Left and Right, since we work for both peace and freedom.

This message is key, it is why our efforts have a far better chance of success than past peace efforts that openly supported domestic tyranny, and past "small government" solutions that supported the military-industrial complex.

Bump. I think you are "right" all the way on this one, LB!

Thanks for all your efforts. In Liberty.

Great article...

Thanks for sharing!

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Pay attention to this part..

"During the run up to the second world war, Republican opposition to FDR"s strenuous (albeit largely covert) attempts to drag us into the European side of the conflict provoked antiwar sentiment on the Republican right. The group that came together to oppose the Rooseveltian program of war abroad and a highly-centralized, semi-socialist state at home – those we call, in retrospect, the Old Right – came from very disparate points on the political spectrum: the Hooverites, Liberty Leaguers, and Taft Republicans on the right, and on the left disillusioned old-fashioned liberals like the journalist John T. Flynn, and anti-war, anti-Washington Midwestern progressives, such as Senator Burton K. Wheeler, of Montana. Together, they built the biggest antiwar movement in American history, the America First Committee, which, at its height, had 800,000 dues-paying members, and a large activist contingent. "

Then go here and read this:

End US Wars
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/118337

**This is where we are going..this is how we grow our movement and support for a non-interventionist policy. We have a huge opportunity to fill the void of anti-war right, differ ourselves from the neo-cons and grow the movement! Let's do it!

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"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Thanks Liberty_Bell

It is inevitable, that as technology exposes truth, we will define war, and in doing so, withdraw from policies of war.
We will "attract" truth seekers, a very passionate group.

Freedom is popular, and exponentially, growing faster than war monger medievel draconian oligarchy bull crap.

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