I was shocked but very pleased to read a piece in National Review favorable to Ron Paul. Dr. Paul has made both friends and enemies due to his anti-war positions; despite his desire to eliminate just about every government program, he finds support among some big government anti-war progressives!
I am pleased not because I think all conservatives ought to be against the Iraq War, but rather because I think conservatives ought to be able to disagree about the justice of any particular war. Conservatives should conserve principles, not ideologies. Unfortunately, since 9/11, conservatism has become synonymous with militarism; one's stance on war is seen by many conservatives as the litmus test for determining political persuasion. Hence the acceptance and popularity of Rudy Giuliani. National Review has contributed to this association of conservatism with militarism, so I'm glad to see some willingness on their part to support an anti-war candidate.