From Eric Dondero:
2012 libertarian Republican Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is calling for significant cuts to the Defense Budget. Though, unlike Ron Paul who he's increasingly being compared too, he takes great exception to strict non-interventionist foreign policy.
From The Weekly Standard Dec. 6:
Johnson support[s] big defense cuts... Johnson suggests the defense budget might need to be slashed... "I don’t want to be irresponsible regarding this. I just have this sense that we’re just spending way too much."John McCormack of The Standard adds:
The extent of his non-interventionism isn’t quite clear...
Johnson is open, in principle, to waging humanitarian wars. “If there’s a clear genocide somewhere, don’t we really want to positively impact that kind of a situation?” he says. “Isn’t that what we’re all about? Isn’t that what we’ve always been about? But just this notion of nation building—I think the current policy is making us more enemies than more friends.”
In one notable break from Ron Paul’s foreign policy, Johnson offers rhetorical support for Israel. “I think that we really do have a vested interest in Israel and that we shouldn’t walk away from that interest,” he says. Johnson also puts distance between himself and the 9/11 Truthers, who found a friendly home in the Ron Paul campaign. “Based on what I know,” Johnson says, “no, I don’t think the 9/11 report should be reopened, based on my knowledge.”
his inclination to spurn the fringe elements that were attracted to the 2008 Paul campaign, could help him emerge as a more appealing candidate than Paul.GaryJohnson2012.com