Libertarians: Obama is shockingly pro-war

WASHINGTON – Following President Obama’s “end of our combat mission” speech, Libertarian Party chairman Mark Hinkle released this statement:

“President Obama needs to stop lying. In his speech, he repeated the ridiculous and false claim that the U.S. combat mission is over in Iraq. He seems to think that if he keeps talking about the war in a nice way, then the war isn’t really happening.

“Unfortunately, even though President Obama is the one person on Earth with the authority to withdraw the U.S. military from Iraq, he has chosen instead to keep over 50,000 troops there, risking their lives, and bleeding American taxpayers.

“The Republicans in Congress are just as bad. They have consistently failed to own up to the terrible financial impact of these wars, all the while claiming that they want to cut government. They want to nit-pick Obama’s past statements about the war, but in fact they should be showering him with praise for doing exactly what they want.

“This war has been a shameful failure from the beginning. But even if the U.S. military could impose a sustainable modern democracy on Iraq, it would in no way be worth the hundreds of billions of dollars, and thousands of American lives, lost in the process. The Bush-Obama War in Iraq has done nothing to safeguard the rights of Americans — on the contrary, it has probably made Americans less safe, and certainly poorer.

“The purpose of the U.S. armed forces is to defend the territory of the United States, not to re-engineer foreign societies.

“Contrary to his rhetoric before being elected, the president has proven himself to be shockingly pro-war. In addition to sustaining the American war presence in Iraq, he has greatly escalated the War in Afghanistan. Just like his predecessor, Obama believes that government force is the answer to everything.”

The Libertarian Party platform states under “3.3 International Affairs”: “American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

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6 thoughts on “Libertarians: Obama is shockingly pro-war

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    [a] yes, Markie, you may continue to use my words of almost two years ………..

    [b] what a wonderful platform you Libs have to shout from. Phillies and Knapp both tell me that youse the one and only 21 century American Peace Party. You much be soooooooo proud!

    [c] Ethics, Ethics, Ethics

    [d] say, don’t you guys have a guy named W. A. R. prowling ’round?

  2. d.eris

    Why is this shocking? I assume this is not meant ironically either, or else it would have been repeated, right? Obama is shockingly, shockingly, pro-war.

  3. Dump Root

    “The Republicans in Congress are just as bad.”

    And “face of the Libertarian Party” Wayne Allyn Root is just as bad.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    Yes, Obama is pro-war.

    No, that isn’t — or at least shouldn’t be — shocking.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, he was very clear on the fact that he intended to escalate in Afghanistan, and even threatened to spread the war to Pakistan (presumably beyond what he’s subsequently done in terms of ratcheting up the “murder by drone” program).

    On Iraq, he was non-committal as to a withdrawal timetable, but opined that he’d like to see the troops withdrawn by the end of his first term. He’s still saying they’ll be out in 2011.

    If you voted for Obama on the premise that he was some kind of peacenik, he didn’t fool you, nor did he change — you fooled yourself and he’s done pretty much what he said he was going to do.

    If you thought the Democrats as a party were going to get the US out of Iraq or Afghanistan … well, they’ve had control of the purse strings since 2006 and they keep funding both wars.

    So give’em hell, Wes, but I agree with d.eris that the rhetoric on this one would have been better if it had been “shocked … shocked.”

  5. Tom Blanton

    This may be the best statement attributed to a LP Chair in a number of years.

    It sure as hell beats a bombastic clown bitching about Obama being a Marxist or a Muslim or a Kenyan.

    It also beats silence about the warfare state.

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