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Libertarian Party Issues Call for U.S. to ‘Cut Ties’ with NATO in Light of Russian Tensions

In a statement released on January 26, 2022, the Libertarian Party has called on the United States to leave NATO “in light of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and as NATO allies have been put on standby for potential military action.”

“The United States’ involvement in NATO puts us in a compromising position; one which is compounded further by the fact that Congress no longer authorizes war and that our military is controlled by a small facet of unelected bureaucrats and what President Eisenhower called the Military-Industrial Complex,” reads the statement. “It is time for cooler heads to prevail and for Libertarians, and all wishing to avoid worldwide conflict, to call on the U.S. to cut ties with NATO and to end all other entangling alliances. Such entanglements are more cause for war than for peace, and the tit for tat relationships promote escalation and retaliation. Americans ought to abide by the wisdom of those who came before us, who learned the hard-fought lessons of war, rather than trust those who will not do the fighting to make the right decisions.”

The release further notes that the Libertarian Party “has been staunchly opposed to military intervention around the world since its founding in 1971.”

From the LP’s current platform…

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. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.