Libertarian Party: We denounce last night’s strikes on Syria

LP.org:

Dear Libertarian,

The Libertarian Party denounces last night’s strikes on Syria.

Purportedly these strikes were a retaliation for the release of a chemical agent which wounded and killed many Syrians earlier this week.

The use of chemical agents against civilians is abhorrent but, according to news reports, the cause of that chemical release is uncertain. It is believable that the Assad regime could have purposefully caused it but when war and peace are at stake, as they are now, we must not jump to conclusions, no matter how natural they may seem.

The situation in Syria is very complex. There is no clear, straight-forward path to peace. Additional air strikes will just kill more people and further inflame an already highly volatile situation.

For decades, the United States has pursued a foreign policy based on the idea that we can play policeman for the world. Time and time again we have seen this fail. Sadly, our intervention into Syria will be no different.

Launching missiles into Syria risks pitting the US against Russia in a proxy war. There is no way in which a proxy war can be beneficial for humanity, the United States, or Syria. Such a war will only elevate Russia on the world stage, further destroy Syria and Syrian lives, and cost the US many American lives and resources.

If the President wants to help the Syrian people, he should facilitate more refugees entering the United States to find safety here rather than demonizing them and hampering their escape from the dictator who is slaughtering them.

Since World War II, American foreign policy has been highly interventionist. This has dragged our country into many wars and conflicts that were not in the best interest of the American people. These wars and conflicts have cost many thousands of lives and billions of dollars and have not made the American people any safer. Our military is very powerful but these issues are too complex to be solved by military might.

The Libertarian Party calls for an end to interventionist foreign policy.

Specifically, the Libertarian Party recommends ending American military aggression in Syria and the rest of the Middle East. Our actions there, while meant to reduce terrorism, instead often serve as a rallying cry for terrorists and facilitate terrorist recruitment.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee

12 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: We denounce last night’s strikes on Syria

  1. George Phillies

    War, War, Glorious war!
    It’s none of your business
    what we’re fighting for!
    It’s taxes for you
    and payoffs for he!
    All in the name of
    LIBERTY!

    Impeach Trump! Levying war without the consent of Congress!

  2. paulie

    Impeach Trump!

    Yep. Although it may be quicker to remove him for mental incompetence.

    Get the US out of the UN.

    Yep.

  3. Dave

    Congress seems more than willing to give Trump backing on this. At least the leadership.

    But yes, I suspect this is a dumb move that holds little upside and great downside.

    Though as a hypothetical, what would be the Libertarian( And Green, etc, all are welcome to weigh in) reaction if it was proven Assad conducted this attack and he continued to gas civilians? I’d probably view it as regrettable, but I’d also feel that a lot of dictators around the world kill people, and just because we find this one way more abhorrent than most of their methods(rightly or wrongly) is no reason to intervene, especially with the chaotic situation on the ground already.

  4. paulie

    Stefan Molyneux produced a 22 minute video segment titled “President Donald Trump Bombs Syria”. It is critical of Trump’s actions.

    Too bad he’s still an overall racist, pretentious douchnozzle but glad he has belatedly seen that the Trumpster fire is not all it’s cracked up to be, which some of us realized from the start.

  5. paulie

    Though as a hypothetical, what would be the Libertarian( And Green, etc, all are welcome to weigh in) reaction if it was proven Assad conducted this attack and he continued to gas civilians? I’d probably view it as regrettable, but I’d also feel that a lot of dictators around the world kill people, and just because we find this one way more abhorrent than most of their methods(rightly or wrongly) is no reason to intervene, especially with the chaotic situation on the ground already.

    Exactly.

  6. robert capozzi

    NS has it about right. Bigly mistake. To the extent DJT was supportable on a few issues, his sometimes lean toward non-intervention was lurched away from. Can’t say I’m surprised, though, as DJT is all over the map on every issue.

    I happened to be watching Tucker Carlson Tonight, and he was at least asking the right questions about this bombing. The producers cut-away from him, preferring to go to the news desk for the developing story. Not one for conspiracy theories, but it felt like a manipulation to me. The establishment — both wings of it — seem to believe DJT was “strong” to do this ill-conceived act.

    Lord help us!

  7. Tony From Long Island

    I am, in almost all circumstances, a non-interventionist. After vacillating for a bit, I oppose this action for the same reason I opposed President Obama’s Libya action – it did not have the approval of congress.

    However, I am not an isolationist. I do not believe the U.S. should leave the United Nations. I believe the UN should be the peacekeeping vessel it was originally supposed to be. Any action in Syria should have been a broad coalition of forces from many nations not led by the U.S.

    What the person who calls himself President should do is open our arms for refugees who are desperate to leave a terrible situation.

    Instead, this symbolic pin prick will do nothing and could, exacerbate an already horrible conflict.

    (I expect the usual bashing . . . bring it on) 🙂

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