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Michael Badnarik on Homeland Security

Libertarian Party nominee for President

 


Mideast hatred comes from US actions, not US lifestyle

Allow me to dispel a myth. People in the Middle East do not hate us for our freedom. They do not hate us for our lifestyle. They hate us because we have spent many years attempting to force them to emulate our lifestyle.

The US government overthrew the democratically elected leader of Iran and replaced him with the Shah. The US government gave weapons, intelligence and money to Saddam Hussein. The US government also helped Libyan Col. Qaddafi come to power, propped up the Saudi monarchy and the Egyptian regime, and gave assistance to Osama bin Laden.

Most Americans have forgotten these events. But the people of the Middle East will always remember. It was because of American troops in Saudi Arabia, lethal sanctions on Iraq, support for states in serious violation of International Law, and siding with Israel in its dispute with the Palestinians that terrorist leaders were able to recruit those individuals who caused 3,000 Americans to pay the ultimate price on September 11, 2001.

Source: 2004 Presidential campaign website, badnarik.org, “Issues” , Jul 13, 2004

Bring home all US troops from all countries

On the military: He would bring home all U.S. troops now based in other countries. “The reason our country was attacked [on Sept. 11, 2001] was because we are an empire builder.”
Source: Michael King, The Austin (TX) Chronicle , Jun 11, 2004

National DE-fense, not OF-fense, not empire-building

Q: What about providing for the national defense?

A: The foreign policy of the US has been one of “empire building” ever since the First World War. The Constitution authorizes government to provide for “national DE-fense”, not “international OF-fense”. If Americans were really interested in promoting our national safety, they would realize that a policy of constant foreign intervention directly undermines that stated goal. Our country has military forces stationed in 135 countries around the world, and we are influencing their governments and economies either directly or indirectly in every case. That is the political equivalent of poking them in the eye with a sharp stick. It is little wonder then that dozens of countries and millions of people around the world harbor more than a little resentment against us. The recent mutilation of American civilians is just the beginning of the violence that will be directed toward us if we do not bring our troops home where they belong.

Source: E-mail Interview with L. Neil Smith , Apr 2, 2004

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