Mr. Sullum starts off with a bang,
Reporters routinely describe Ron Paul's foreign policy views as "isolationist" because he opposes the promiscuous use of military force. This is like calling him a recluse because he tries to avoid fistfights.
The inaccurate "isolationist" label marks Paul as a fringe character whose views can be safely ignored.are close enough to our words to the right, The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet.
Mr. Sullum then distills Paul's ideas,
As the Texas congressman has patiently explained many times, he supports international trade, travel, migration, diplomacy, and cultural exchange. Furthermore, he supports military action when it is necessary for national defense—in response to the 9/11 attacks, for example.Where the Neutralist might disagree is the second sentence. A military response of invading a landlocked country and chasing one's tales was the wrong response to 911.
Still, all in all a wonderful Neutralist column even without the word.