Former Vice President Mike Pence warned against the growing populist elements of the Republican Party who don’t want to plunge America into another endless war enterprise like Iraq or Afghanistan.
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, Pence hearkened back to George W. Bush-era neocon talking points, arguing that conservatives concerned with the protracted proxy war against Russia in Ukraine are simply “Putin apologists.”
“As Russia continues its unconscionable war of aggression to Ukraine, I believe that conservatives must make it clear that Putin must stop and Putin will pay,” Pence said. “There can be no room in the conservative movement for apologists to Putin. There is only room in this movement for champions of freedom.”
“Now, I know there is a rising chorus in our party, including some new voices to our movement, who would have us disengaged with the wider world,” Pence continued.
“But appeasement has never worked, ever, in history. And now more than ever, we need a conservative movement committed to America’s role as leader of the free world and as a vanguard of American values.”
In a veiled jab at Trump supporters, Pence warned against “unprincipled populism” threatening the establishment’s efforts to carry out an expensive endless war enterprise in Ukraine.
“Our movement cannot forsake the foundational commitment that we have to security, to limited government, to liberty and to life. But nor can we allow our movement to be led astray by the siren song of unprincipled populism that’s unmoored from our oldest traditions and most cherished values,” he said.
“Let me say: This movement and the party that it animates must remain the movement of a strong national defense, limited government and traditional moral values and life.”
And showering Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money in the throes of an inflationary depression doesn’t sound like the actions of a “limited government.”
Recall that former President George W. Bush justified the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an effort to protect democracy. Pence at the time also fervently supported that failed war for the same reason.
20 years, trillions of dollars, and millions of destroyed lives later, Iraq is still a corrupt failed state and terrorism breeding ground.
Notably, this same neocon faction of the Washington establishment responsible for the pointless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, like State Department official Victoria Nuland, are behind this same campaign for endless war — but this time against a nuclear power, not Middle Eastern failed states.
These facts have been highlighted by veteran and former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who left the Democrat Party over its woke policies and renewed pro-war neocon fervor.
FULL PENCE SPEECH HERE
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