Senator Obama has consistently accepted money and endorsements from big defense lobbyists, refused to renounce the doctrine of preemptive war, makes it part of his official platform to seek a significant rise in our already bloated defense budget, and refuses even to comment on reducing America's vast overseas empire of bases.
Now, in the wake of current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' recent trip to Korea, Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr has said what Barack Obama should have said long ago if he was serious about bringing Change I can believe in to America's foreign policy.
From Third Party Watch (directly quoting a Barr press release):
Defense Secretary Robert Gates just returned from a trip to South Korea, where he reaffirmed America’s defense commitment, including the presence of nearly 29,000 troops. This is precisely the wrong strategy, according to Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee for president.
After more than 50 years of American support, “South Korea is well able to defend itself,” notes Barr. The South has an economy that is estimated to be 40 times as large as that of North Korea; South Korea has twice the North’s population and a vast technological edge. “It is time for real leadership on this important national security matter,” Barr said, adding that “maintaining a large and costly American military presence in Korea largely because that’s the way it’s been done for more than half a century makes little sense, especially if we, as we should, maintain the capability to respond quickly to actual threats against us when necessary and where necessary.”
Indeed, Barr adds, South Korea has been sending money and food to the government in Pyongyang. “That is a very strange way to treat a supposed enemy,” he notes. Today the U.S. military is badly stretched by the continuing occupation of Iraq. Surely “Washington can bring home troops stationed in not only South Korea, but also Europe and Japan,” he adds.
We must completely revamp U.S. foreign policy, returning to the noninterventionist strategy of the nation’s Founders.
To be clear: this is not isolationism. This is a strategy of non-interventionism.
I don't like candidates with mustaches as a general principle; but I have to admit he's dead right about this one.
Problem is: the MSM won't carry it.