Ron Paul vs. Mike Huckabee On Iraqby Doug Mataconis
I didn’t watch tonight’s Republican debate, but, from this description, it sounds like Ron Paul stuck it to Mike Huckabee on Iraq:
(CNN) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made a dramatic statement regarding Iraq at Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate, declaring, “We bought it because we broke it.”
The comment came in perhaps the most compelling moment of the Republican debate so far, when the Arkansas Republican directly confronted Texas Rep. Ron Paul on his position for an immediate withdrawal from the country.
“Congressman, whether or not we should have gone to Iraq is a discussion for historians, but we’re there. We bought it because we broke it,” he said. “We’ve got a responsibility to the honor of this country and the honor of every man and woman who has served in Iraq and our military to not leave them with anything less than the honor they deserve.”
Amid loud cheers, Paul responded, “The American people didn’t go in. A few people advising this administration, a small number of people called the neoconservatives, hijacked our foreign policy. They are responsible, not the American people.”
Huckabee quickly fired back: “Congressman, we are one nation. We can’t be divided. We have to be one nation under God. That means if we make a mistake, we make it as a single country.”
As the crowd roared louder, Paul answered, “When we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people — through their representatives — to correct the mistake, not continue the mistake. We have dug a hole for ourselves and we have dug a hole for our party. We are losing elections, and we are going down next year if we don’t change it.”
Huckabee replied loudly, “Even if we lose elections, we should not lose our honor.”
Losing elections, not important. Losing lives, apparently not important either. Losing international credibility, heck who cares.
Honor ? Have the Neocons turned into the Klingon Empire ?
YouTube clips coming if and when they’re available.
Update: Check out the clips, basically, Ron kicked ass under some heavy fire from the Fox News crew.