The Libertarian Party and Afghanistan

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.

2 Replies to “The Libertarian Party and Afghanistan”

  1. While I agree that since the goal is accomplished, we should withdraw, I am worried about what could happen in the region if we do not maintain any presence. (Voted to begin full withdrawal)

  2. Joshua

    (Voted we should began to withdraw all of our troops from the region)

    For the most part I agree with you. I am struggling with trusting my government (Republican and Democrat), while I do not want to be a part of wild conspiracy theories, how and who in our government can we fully trust anymore to be honest with we the people?
    I know we have some good honest elected officials. I think at times the bad out weights the good. The nation is in great turmoil, America is hurting/sick.

    I feel with our current conditions at home, our military need to be brought home from all conflict zones, get this economy straighten out, secure our borders (being in a border state I really understand this one) and get all three branches of the Federal government back on course the way the founders intended for to be….. limited government. We need to our affair’s at home in order, before we meddle in any more world issues.

    I am not a absolute isolationist, but our involvement in world affairs should be cut way back. I personally have no use for the UN, they can pack up and move to Europe or to whomever will have them. NATO was probably a good thing who’s time is past and should be dissolved or renegotiated.

    As a business man, part owner we are feeling the pain, the struggle, balancing budgets, employee benefits eroding, an avalanche of new government regulations (mainly Fed. here in Texas) some days I do not even want to get out of bed and go to the office. I believe our overall foreign policy trade and military is hurting us the every day American citizen. My personal frustration is magnified with my daughter in college, I am paying for it 100% out of my pocket (I have not had a profit bonus for three years and this one is not looking too good). I do not believe in debt, so we will not go down the student loan road and the college she chose did not have very many scholar ships available. I guess I told you all that so as to express what I said earlier America is hurting/sick. The American dream seems to be fading a thing of the past. I am praying and hoping the American people like the (tea party and such groups) stays alert and active. I don’t want to be negative but I am what I call a realist/optimist. Some would argue that is not possible. 🙂

    Joshua I know you are so much more intelligent about the political arena that what I am. At times myself and my peers we are very frustrated with this whole situation. I do enjoy your blog and your balanced approach to what you write. Keep up the good work.

    God Bless and take care

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