His view, as expressed to Newsmax:

Look, the shine came off of George Bush for me pretty quickly after 9/11. We started to not fight a war to win the war. Wars are horrible, ugly it’s killing people. The idea is kill them faster than they can kill you, and kill them at such a rate that it takes their breath away and they put their guns down and say OK, OK, enough. That’s what it is about. We weren’t doing that, and now, we’re in this long, drawn-out war.

So he must surely support leaving Afghanistan immediately, right? Or does he believe we should be killing Jihadists "at such a rate that it takes their breath away and they put their guns down and say OK, OK, enough." So he opposes McChrystal and Petraeus? Or is asking these kinds of actual serious question beside the point with him?

I picked up a copy of Newsmax in the airport last week.

Interesting, if somewhat bizarre, stuff. Clearly leaning toward isolationism. But as an emblem of what now passes for "conservatism" in America: incoherent, paranoid and a strange mix of optimistic boosterism about anything American and total disgust at the modernity America has fomented. As I said: weird. These people don't think; all they do is feel. And they have no idea what they're for, just looking for people and symbols to hate and blame. Sad, really.

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