Libertarianism and the Ron Paul Revolution
(excerpt from) Bin Laden is Dead but his Ghost still Haunts America
Osama bin Laden is dead, but his strategy to bankrupt America lives on. Don’t expect Obama to exit Afghanistan anytime soon
by Evan Mazur / Monday, May 2, 2011
Osama bin Laden, founder and financier of the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks, has finally been killed and Americans are rejoicing. Perhaps now the Obama administration will declare victory and bring the troops home? Don’t count on it. Long ago, America’s mission of hunting down Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda terrorists transformed into a mission of nation building…
Bin Laden is now dead and there are less than 100 Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan, so Obama’s stated goal has been met. But do not expect American troops to be pulling out of Afghanistan anytime soon.
…Yes, America finally killed bin Laden and that’s something everyone can be grateful for, but his death was not due to the presence of tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan, but from intelligence gathering and a surgical strike in Pakistan that reportedly involved no civilian casualties. Such a focused strike was exactly the plan former Congressman and 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr had in mind. Congressman Ron Paul, who originally voted in favor of the use of force in Afghanistan on the condition that troops would be used to focus on the terrorists, came to regret that decision because the nature of the mission changed from that of terrorist hunting to nation building. Like Barr, he wanted to focus not on conducting a war in Afghanistan but on Osama bin Laden and his terrorist cohorts…
The full article is worth reading, and has historical quotations from many key, Libertarian thinkers.