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The Daily Beast: The New Antiwar Republicans

Say you’re among the growing number of Americans who want U.S. troops to come home from Afghanistan soon. There are at least three candidates in the 2012 presidential race who are on your wavelength, and President Obama isn’t one of them.

Leading liberals and grassroots activists have made no secret of their disappointment over Obama’s measured withdrawal timetable. What’s striking is the similarity between their views and those of three Republicans: Ron Paul, a libertarian with isolationist tendencies; former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, a fiscal conservative with libertarian tendencies; and Jon Huntsman, an internationalist who speaks of “asymmetry” and “generational opportunities.”

It’s a rare Democrat who would vote for Paul, Johnson, or Huntsman in order to send Obama a message on the Afghan War. Their positions on social and economic issues are light-years from the Democratic mainstream. Still, it would be a mistake to underestimate the impact of the antiwar message from the right. It will help Huntsman with moderates and independents in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, and it will certainly help liberals ramp up pressure on Obama.

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They are determined to jam

They are determined to jam you into some kind of group.

Libertarian with isolationist tendencies? Last I checked he was a Republican with a strong support for Liberty.

fiscal conservative with Libertarian tendencies...gosh.

Did we really go around with Obama and Hillary calling them Democrats with socialist tendencies, or progressive tendencies, etc?


my note to them:

I got as far as these words:

"Ron Paul, a libertarian with isolationist tendencies"

and realized that the writer doesn't know the substantial difference between non-intervention and isolation. I read no further, to do so would have been a clear waste of time. When something so fundamental escapes the writer, how much could the rest of the article offer? Perhaps you should publish more enlightened writers.


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That's true! Thanks for

That's true!
Thanks for informing.

Either the page is temporally down or they have taken it away. I don't know.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

So frustrating..

These kinds of articles are so frustrating to me. Ron Paul is very far from being a 'new' antiwar Republican, and he isn't isolationist, he's non-interventionist. And he's the only one who's consistently addressed our deranged foreign policy for years. Seems to me that the other so-called antiwar Republicans are just trying to put a band-aid on a hemorrhage. I suppose that's why Paul gets marginalized in the media.. He actually tells the whole story like it is.

Exactly! Even Gary Johnson is


Even Gary Johnson is not new anti-war republican; only Huntsman is and the whole article is built around him with RP and GJ as sideshows. Of course its complete deception. They want to picture Huntsman as an anti-war candidate of GOP in case that democrats would vote for him if they were to vote in the GOP primaries. Huntsman is there only to draw anti-war votes from RP and GJ.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--