It isn’t often that you’ll find me agreeing with Republicans on anything, but I believe in giving credit where and when it is due. Today I read an op-ed from Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. of Tennessee’s 2nd District over at The American Conservative and I have to admit, I was quite impressed. Granted, it’s one thing to say one thing, and it’s another to vote another way – but again, I have to give credit and praise when they are due.
In this op-ed, Rep. John Duncan calls for Republicans to return to being “the Peace Party” and laments their current lust for endless war, as evidenced by the latest saber-rattling toward Iran by the likes of Sen. Tom Cotton, or Sen. John McCain (who thinks the answer for nearly everything is military action).
According to Project Vote Smart, Congressman John Duncan has a very conservative record on most issues, although he has previously refused to answer questions on a couple of key positions – but this op-ed has let us know where he stands on foreign policy and military action. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
President Eisenhower, one of our greatest military leaders, was another “Peacenik” Republican. He knew the horrors of war, unlike many modern-day chickenhawks.
He famously warned us at the end of his Presidency about the dangers of being controlled by a very powerful military-industrial complex. I think he would be shocked at how far we have gone down the road that he warned us against. (Source)
President Eisenhower was the last good Republican president as far as I am concerned, and who would know better about the costs and horror of war more than a general who led the Allies to victory over Nazi Germany?
Perhaps Rep. John Duncan should have a talk with Sen. Tom Cotton and his other warhawk colleagues in Congress – including some Democrats – who’ve indicated their willingness to go to war with Iran. Whether it is Rep. Louie Gohmert being absolutely giddy about the prospects of the End Times coming to pass thanks to a nuclear war with Iran or Michele Bachmann claiming President Obama is bringing about the return of Jesus Christ, the Republican Party has become absolutely obsessed with spending trillions of dollars and wasting the lives of thousands of American soldiers on wars we have no business involving ourselves in.
I have said in thousands of speeches that we are blessed beyond belief to live in this country, and that the United States is without question the greatest country in the history of the world.
But there was much less anti-Americanism around the world when we tried to mind our own business and take care of our own people. And this nation had more friends when we followed a policy of peace through strength, not one of peace through endless war. (Source)
Well, I certainly have my differences with Rep. Duncan on other political issues, but I have to agree with him here. The Republican Party is still too far right for me to ever go back, but I’d have a bit more respect for them if they heeded the words of Rep. John Duncan and stopped supporting endless, expensive war.
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