“Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any [other nation], entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of . . . ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?” -George Washington, Farewell Address
I generally confine my campaign statements to issues I would be expected to vote on at the state level. I suppose the National Guard is within that criteria. For the record I would oppose deployment of the Florida National Guard to Syria, and if I could find a tool as a member of the Florida House of Representatives to prevent their deployment, I would use it, as well as any leverage I have to influence the Governor.
As the founder of the Libertarian Party Veteran’s Caucus, the issue of wars and foreign entanglements is near and dear to me. I swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, when I enlisted. My band performs a tune that describes what that means today, and as the lyrics I wrote to “The Veteran’s Song” state, the real enemies of America are up in Washington D.C. Syria will be yet another unConstitutional war that expends the precious blood and treasure of the United States to protect interests not our own.
What we are witnessing is Trump’s continuation of Obama’s foreign policy. Obama continued Bush’s foreign policy. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
They only enemies of the United States to be found in Syria are the Al-Queida/ISIS terrorists, whom the lying politicians in D.C. have been arming and funding. They were born of our unholy alliance with Saudi Arabia, and if anyone in the region deserves a B-52 it would be the Saudi royal family, yet they are our “ally” (read – we made another moronic alliance linking the health of our currency to the oil there, so we let them torture and kill to keep inflation of our fiat currency down). Now they want to send more of my brothers and sisters to fight and die in support of those terrorists and their enablers in surrounding countries. They also want us to pay for it, as well as pay to rebuild it after we pay to blow it up.
The political class have been arming terrorists on behalf of central bankers, who are upset that Assad wants to have his own currency outside of the monopoly they have created. The U.S. government is dependent on these bankers to prop up our Socialist welfare state with their loans. The blood of our honorable military is also considered interest. My feelings toward the oath breakers in D.C. can be found in an article I wrote called “Spit On Politicians Not Soldiers”.
After flooding the area with weapons and terror funding, the U.S. brings the “War on Terror” to Syria. Do you feel America getting safer? Get ready for a flood of refugees from a country we blew up, I’m sure none of them will have a grudge they will take out later on a subway or shopping mall with a nail bomb. I give 100% odds it will be OUR civil liberties that are restricted afterwards.
The United States claiming moral high ground regarding chemical weapons and other crimes against humanity in the middle east is perverse.
- The United States gave billions of dollars in loans to Saddam Hussein that funded his chemical weapons program, sold Iraq chemical weapons, and subsequently covered up his use of nerve gas on the Kurds in Halabja in 1988, instructing U.S. diplomats to blame Iran as part of a PR campaign to help what we considered to be the “lesser of two evils”.
- The United States provided troop location intelligence and other direct aid to Iraq in 1988 for mass chemical weapons attacks against Iran, using the chemical weapons we sold to Hussein. Mustard gas and Sarin were employed using the U.S. intelligence, killing 20,000 people.
- Following in the footsteps of Obama, Trump refuses to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by Turkey.
- The United States and Great Britain installed the Iranian dictator, the Shah, proof of which was finally released last year. The Shah’s human rights abuses led to the revolution that empowered the radical Islamist “mullahs”. Now the war drums also beat for Iran, but the real story is that had we not installed a dictator with our meddling, we wouldn’t have these issues with Iran. The solution is not more war and meddling, but to leave the rest of the world alone as we wish to be left alone.
- The United States had chemical weapons production facilities up until 2006, according to official reports, when we supposedly destroyed the last one. We still hold inventory, and the switch to binary weapons means we likely have large stockpiles, but since they are not mixed, we technically are not producing them. They don’t become chemical weapons until mixed inside the weapon during the bomber flight.
To add insult to injury, Trump loudly criticized Obama for threatening war against Syria on similar grounds, and predicting dire consequences:
What we are living out is the consequences of ignoring the wise words of America’s founding fathers. This is the most idiotic war yet, and I encourage all my constituents to call your Congressmen and Senators in D.C. and tell them to go to Syria themselves if they want a war there.
I promote the policies of the great men who founded this Republic, and condemn this unlawful and unjust pending war.
If the politicians in Washington D.C. feel that people should be bombed for human rights abuses, they should call in an artillery strike on themselves. The position is clearly overrun with the enemies of the Constitution.
“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.
Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.
Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.
Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.”
“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could reserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
“We should thus avoid wars, and all our citizens would be husbandmen. Whenever indeed our numbers should so increase as that our produce would overstock the markets of those nations who should come to seek it, the farmers must either employ the surplus of their time in manufactures, or the surplus of our hands must be employed in manufactures, or in navigation. But that day would, I think be distant….”
“About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none….”
“…therefore, many have mistaken the force of arms for the consent of the people, and reckon conquest as one of the originals of government. But conquest is as far from setting up any government as demolishing a house is from building a new one in the place.”