In the wake of the killing of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, the anti-militarism sentiments of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul appear to be gaining ground with the GOP establishment, as Sarah Palin openly backed Paul's position.
The controversial killing of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi has brought with it a wave of international scorn and scrutiny at the United Nations and has bred further distrust of Western governments among some strategically important nations.
In the United States, many in the Republican Party are heaping blame squarely on the doorstep of the Obama White House.
For his part, President Obama used Gaddafi's murder as a hawkish platform to warn other authoritarian governments that their model of governing "inevitably comes to an end," as Reuters reported on Thursday.
President Obama's militaristic warning stands in stark contrast to the long-held desire of Libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul to dial back the over-stretched and under-funded American empire. Paul's position has largely been rejected by mainstream Republicans, as it flies in the face of the GOP's view that a strong America is built on an interventionist and militaristic foreign policy.
However, as Paul's Libertarian ideas have been gaining ground among the Republican Party, particularly with the advent of the Tea Party movement, certain voices among the GOP now appear to be welcoming Paul's staunch criticisms of a cavalier and war-mongering White House. In an appearance on Fox News, Sarah Palin openly endorsed Ron Paul's position.
“You’ve got to give it to Ron Paul," Palin said. "Whether you agree with everything he says or not, at least he is one there in Congress trying to make our President stick to the law and understand that Congress does have a role to play in these foreign policy decisions that are made and Ron Paul, I think hit the nail on the head, when he came out and said Obama had better be careful when he interjects himself and our country in other nations’ business.”
Ron Paul's campaign quickly agreed with Palin's points, highlighting Paul's position in further detail.
"Mrs. Palin was seconding Paul’s criticism of President Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya, but I would add that unless the rest of the Republican presidential field also begins to become more selective about U.S. interventions, it will remain politically and mathematically impossible to actually reduce our debt in any serious manner," Jack Hunter stated on the Ron Paul campaign web site. "Our annual deficit is $1.5 trillion. Our total so-called national security spending is $1.2 trillion."