President Obama’s announcement of the end of the combat mission in Iraq was a ridiculous and false statement and shows that the president is as shockingly pro-war as his predecessor, said the chair of the Libertarian Party.
“President Obama needs to stop lying,” said Mark Hinkle. “He repeated the ridiculous and false claim that the U.S. combat mission is over in Iraq. He seems to think that if he keeps talking about the war in a nice way, then the war isn’t really happening.”
Even though he is the one person with the authority to withdraw U.S. military forces from Iraq, Hinkle said the president has chosen to keep risking the lives of 50,000 Americans and bleeding taxpayers.
“Contrary to his rhetoric before being elected, the president has proven himself to be shockingly pro-war,” Hinkle said. “In addition to sustaining the American war presence in Iraq, he has greatly escalated the war in Afghanistan.”
All the Libertarian candidates for Congress in North Carolina agree that ending the war means bringing all the troops home. “It does not end until all troops are back on American soil,” said Tom Rose, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House District 12.
On his website, Libertarian U.S. Senate Mike Beitler writes, “The best thing we can do for our troops is to bring them home. “America cannot afford to serve as the policeman of the world, nor does it have the authority to do so.”
The Republicans are equally to blame because they have consistently failed to oppose the terrible financial impact of these wars, while claiming to champions of small government, Hinkle said.
“They want to nit-pick Obama’s past statements about the war, but in fact they should be showering him with praise for doing exactly what they want,” he said.
Hinkle called the conflict the “Bush-Obama war” and said it has been “shameful from the beginning.” Even if the U.S. military success in imposing democracy, he said that the effort is not worth the thousands of American lives and billions of dollars lost in the process.
“The Bush-Obama War in Iraq has done nothing to safeguard the rights of Americans — on the contrary, it has probably made Americans less safe, and certainly poorer,” he said. “The purpose of the U.S. armed forces is to defend the territory of the United States, not to re-engineer foreign societies.”
“Just like his predecessor, Obama believes that government force is the answer to everything.”
The Libertarian Party believes U.S. foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements, including intervention and military and economic aid.