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The Peril of Paul

by Jamie M. Fly & Robert Zarate
Republicans should isolate the isolationists

It has become a routine occurrence in the 2012 Republican presidential debates for the contenders to say that “anyone on this stage would be better than Barack Obama.” But is this truly the case when it comes to Ron Paul?

On foreign policy, at least, it is doubtful. Paul advocates what he calls a policy of “non-interventionism,” but it is, in truth, a conspiracy-minded worldview similar to that of the isolationists of decades past, or to the more recent fulminations of figures such as Pat Buchanan, who eventually abandoned the Republican party for a third-party presidential run.

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