I admit that I don’t visit the Libertarian Party‘s website very often; maybe a couple of times a year. But, when I stopped by today, a recent poll caught my attention. It asked, “after hearing that Osama bin Laden was killed, what are your feeling about the War in Afghanistan?” Out of the 4,516 respondents, a considerable majority, 66%, answered that, “I supported a withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan even before bin Laden died.” A small contingency, 9%, holds to the belief that, “I don’t believe the story that Osama bin Laden was killed recently.” Although it is true that the Obama administration has not offered any hard evidence that bin Laden, to simply dismiss the claim represents, in my mind, a disturbing trend toward a total distrust of government and the rise of wild conspiracy theories.
Personally, I favor the viewpoint held by 13% who say that, “I now favor a withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.” After all, the whole purpose of the mission was to bring justice to the people who attacked the United States on 9/11/2001. And no, unlike the 9/11-truther movement, I do not think that Bush brought down the towers, but rather it was a small group of Arabian Islamic radicals headed by Osama bin Laden. Unlike in Iraq, in Afghanistan we had a clearly defined mission, capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Considering that goal is accomplished, it is time for our soldiers to head home. They should not be used as domestic Afghan police or to rebuild bridges and schools.
The whole Afghan adventure should provide a sobering lesson regarding foreign policy. Supposed allies propped up with massive funding can turn against us. After all, we poured considerable wealth into Afghanistan in the 80’s to fight the Soviet Union. Although that mission was successful, it did spawn unintended consequences once those former “freedom fighters” turned their eye on our own nation.
Anyway, it is time for a new poll on The Virginia Conservative closely mirroring the one on the Libertarian site. What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you agree with a majority of Libertarians, neo-conservatives, myself, or do you hold some other opinion? Feel free to add your comments as well.