Originally Posted by PoliticoThere remains a political opening for a Republican who advocates a more isolationist approach and cuts in defense spending. In Iowa last Tuesday, Barbour made headlines for supporting spending cuts at the Pentagon (something at odds with other tier one candidates). In the same appearance, he opposed the use of ground troops, while keeping the door open to “some role” for the United States in Libya. But he also warned against “nation building” in a clear play for the isolationist crowd.
Many of those voters were attracted to Texas Rep. Ron Paul during the 2008 campaign.
Predictably, Paul posted a video statement online Friday blasting the no-fly zone as an “unconstitutional” act of war that required the approval of Congress.
The libertarian, flirting with another run, noted that the “American puppet government” in Saudi Arabia sent troops into Bahrain and that the Yemeni government, which cooperates with the United States, has also been suppressing demonstrations. He also alleged that more than 2,000 Pakistani citizens have been killed by U.S. drone attacks in the last few years.
“It’s rather insulting to the American people that this authority comes from the United Nations, and not the Congress,” Paul said. “The hype is that a lot of people are being killed over there, and we have to go in for humanitarian reasons, but there’s a lot of killing going on around the world.”