Gary Johnson Op-ed on Foreign Policy

Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson writes an op-ed for the Huffington Post.

Foreign policy is supposed to make us safer, not get Americans killed and bankrupt us. Yet, even as we mourn the loss of four Americans in Libya and watch the Middle East ignite with anti-American fervor, our leaders don’t get it.

In one corner, we have the U.S. apologists warning that — after the murders in Libya and the attack on our embassy in Cairo — we must be careful not to say or do anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. In the other corner, we have the chest-thumpers demanding that we find somebody to shoot — and shoot them.

I have a better idea: Stop trying to manipulate and manage history on the other side of the globe and then being shocked when things don’t turn out the way we wanted. As far as what we do right now in response to the tragic events of this week, it’s actually pretty simple. Get our folks out of places they don’t need to be — and out of harm’s way — and cut off every dime of U.S. tax dollars we are sending to clearly ungrateful regimes.

Let’s review American foreign policy during the Bush-Obama years. Just imagine for a minute that, in 2002, President Bush granted Iran’s Ayatollah one wish above all others. It is not unreasonable to assume that the Supreme Leader would have said, “Can you please kill Saddam Hussein and make sure our mortal enemy Iraq can no longer threaten us. Then, we can get about our goals of destroying Israel, building a nuke and becoming a legitimate thorn in the side of the Western infidels.”

Well…

Read the rest at the Huffington Post: Libya, Afghanistan and the Middle East — Why Obama and Romney are Both Wrong

8 thoughts on “Gary Johnson Op-ed on Foreign Policy

  1. Austin Battenberg Post author

    Reading the comments at the HP is interesting. It seems like he has won some support from left-leaning voters. There are some though who are very “interventionist” who are calling Johnson an “isolationist” just as the neocons did to Ron Paul. There are still plenty of the Wilsonian liberals that are completely supportive of some wars, as long as its conducted by a Democrat.

  2. JohnBalzer

    Gary Johnson’s comments make sense. He seems to have the best ideas of any presidential candidate yet the media largely ignores him. The GOP fears him and they are dropping big bucks on legal attempting to derail him on the ballot in battleground states. It won’t work. Americans are fed up with the two party system and the results it provides us . . . a nation on the brink of disaster.

  3. Jeremy C. Young

    I don’t, of course, agree with Johnson’s views on foreign policy. But I’m encouraged to see him take the time to spell them out in a public forum. One of the main reasons Americans dismiss third party candidates is the idea that they don’t have any serious positions on foreign policy; Johnson is proving that’s not the case. I wish my candidate, Jill Stein, would be as vocal as Johnson is on her foreign policy viewpoints (even though, again, I disagree with her on foreign policy).

  4. Mark Seidenberg

    Austin Batterburg

    If one understands political history only one party is pro war as a party. It is the Democratic
    Party.

    During WWII it was the leaders in the Democrat
    Party that wanted to keep the name WAR DEPARTMENT. I still remember having that
    discussion with Dr. Sharon Presley at San Francisco State College circa 1968. Also discussed was what was the most important event in the History of the Democratic Party,
    viz., it was the celebration of a battle without
    a declaration of war. The United State and
    United Kingdom was no longer in the state
    of war at the time of the Battle of New Orleans.
    Yet every year the Democratic Party on Jackson
    Day has a dinner in honor of a battle victory in
    an undeclared war (or non war).

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party of California

  5. Austin Battenberg Post author

    @3 I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson have very similar foreign policy. Perhaps you could point out where I am wrong?

    Mark, oh I agree that the Democratic Party is just as war-like as the Republican Party. But many liberals who are Democrats tend to be anti-war. Supporters of a party doesn’t mean they agree with everything.

    I guess this is why the two party system sucks.

  6. Colleen McCool

    Stop being afraid! Educate the powerful, be brave and end the terror by changing our intrusive, big-bully policies, both foreign and domestic. The monetary and environmental costs are staggering and the human suffering unconscionable. https
    ://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/not-afraid/

    Obama and Romney have forsaken the American Dream. A declaration is an affirmation. Independence means self-government. They could have called The Declaration of Independence, The Affirmation of Self-Government!

    Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray are the only choice to Save the American Dream: Self-Government, freedom from big government tyranny and oppression…. and to Restore Justice, the guardian of Liberty!

  7. Jeremy C. Young

    Austin @5, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson do have very similar foreign policy. It’s just that I disagree with them both. I’m criticizing Stein not for disagreeing with me, but for failing to capitalize on this Libya crisis in the way Johnson has, by using it as an opportunity to articulate her views in the national media.

  8. Mark Seidenberg

    Jeremy C. Young

    It appears that Mr. Johnson lacks an add to explain to him how relations with Libya and United States should be.

    When the United States State Department rejected the views of the British Foreign Office
    on how to read the Treaty of Lausanne of October 18, 1912, as they concluded on October
    21, 1912. Thereby rejecting a united Libya.

    By having three smaller states in the area. The foreign relations can be managed safer.

    The United States Diplomatic Security failed here. They let the Ambassador be raped and
    murdered. One need a Congression hearing
    now.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    State Department Watch LTD, a foreign policy
    watch dog of the US Department of State since
    1984.

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