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Ask a Libertarian 2012 with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch: Why would any sensible Libertarian Support Abandoning Afghanistan to the Taliban?


Welcome to Ask a Libertarian 2012 with Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. They are the authors of the book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, coming out in paperback with a new foreword covering Occupy Wall Street and more, on June 26.

In this video, they answer the question:

"Why would any sensible libertarian support abandoning Afghanistan to the Taliban?"—sent via email by Morgan Stanton 

Produced by Meredith Bragg, Jim Epstein, Josh Swain, and Tracy Oppenheimer with help from Katie Hooks.

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  1. Can’t watch the video but what a loaded question.

  2. Actually, I advocate abandoning Afghanistan to the Afghans. If they want the Taliban to be their masters, then that is on them.

    The Afghans have shown no reluctance to fight, so maybe they need to resist the Taliban.

  3. Personally I don’t care what the Taliban does in Afghanistan, mostly because I am not in Afghani, that is a problem for the Afghanis.

    I do care about allowing Taliban into the USA, but having troops in Afghanistan does not stop the Taliban from coming to the USA.

    1. I do care about allowing Taliban into the USA

      Aww? But they LOVE Disneyworld!! And Christmas trees! (just don’t tell them what they celebrate)

      [reference: steve coll, Ghost Wars – a Taliban delegation visited the US, hosted by UNOCAL. They liked cartoons, christmas trees.…..37021.stm]

  4. Why would any sensible Libertarian Support Abandoning Afghanistan to the Taliban?

    Libertarian: “This is a trick question.

    The real question would be, “Why would any sensible person want to *stay* in Afghanistan?””

    1. ^THIS^

  5. I would say its up to the Afghans, not us, whether the Taliban is hunted down like dogs, escorted to Kabul by cheering mobs, or something in between.

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