A sudden outbreak of conservatism:

"[Reagan's] reaction to the Lebanon bombing was not to stay, it was to leave," Norquist said. "Ronald Reagan didn't decide to fix Lebanon. I think that's helpful in getting the conversation going on the right." Norquist said conservatives recognize the weakness of the arguments for the war, which is why they don't often make them. He scoffed at the notion that fighting two wars was making American stronger.

"Being tied up there does not advance American power," he said. "If you've got a fist in the tar baby Iraq and you've got a fist in the tar baby Afghanistan, then who's afraid of you?"

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