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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monterey Libertarians Protest Against Afghan Occupation


David Henderson (pictured in hat at right) is an economics professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and editor of the online Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.  In 2004 he detailed (1, 2, 3) how Monterey Libertarians stopped a local tax increase.  From a Henderson press release:

The Peace Coalition of Monterey County, CA, held a protest rally on Friday, October 2, 2009, calling for the U.S. government to exit Afghanistan rather than follow President Obama's strategy of expanding the Afghan War.  The demonstration was held at Monterey's Windows-on-the-Bay Park on Del Monte Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Peace Coalition spokesman David R. Henderson said: "Eight years is enough. In fact, it's too much. The war should have ended on President Bush's watch. Now it's to up to President Obama to correct Bush's mistake."  Henderson said the original purpose of making war on Afghanistan was to capture Osama bin Laden, but now it is to nation-build. "Like many government programs, the program outlasts the original rationale and so the rationale keeps changing."
When the war in Afghanistan started, the Libertarian National Committee said:
Any military action must not be allowed to turn into an endless, global war against numberless, shadowy targets. America’s best interests will be served by decisive action that targets the guilty, spares the innocent, and ends as quickly as possible.

Years ago, President Thomas Jefferson articulated a
foreign policy that consisted of “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” Such a foreign policy — deeply rooted in American tradition and principle — would reduce the chance that terrorists will ever again want to strike a bloody blow at America. 
From the LP platform:
American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world and its defense against attack from abroad. 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.

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