LP's Gary Johnson: Why Obama and Romney are Both Wrong About Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan


Writing at the Huffington Post, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson explains

Foreign policy is supposed to make us safer, not get Americans killed and bankrupt us. Yet, even as we mourn the loss of four Americans in Libya and watch the Middle East ignite with anti-American fervor, our leaders don't get it….

Stop trying to manipulate and manage history on the other side of the globe and then being shocked when things don't turn out the way we wanted. As far as what we do right now in response to the tragic events of this week, it's actually pretty simple. Get our folks out of places they don't need to be -- and out of harm's way -- and cut off every dime of U.S. tax dollars we are sending to clearly ungrateful regimes….

We're broke. We are borrowing or printing 43 cents of every one of the more than $4 billion a year we are sending to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt. And all those missiles we launched, and the war in Afghanistan are likewise being put on the national credit card. Why are we building roads, bridges, hospitals and schools half a world away on borrowed money? Don't we have those same needs here at home?

Read the whole thing.

Johnson is a non-interventionist but not an isolationist. He believes in free trade, open borders, and a strong defense ("the most basic of the federal government's responsibilities"), but not in what we've experienced over the past dozen years. Which is exactly why both major parties rush to write off his views as naive, uninformed, and unworkable - even as they accord with most Americans' views. (For a contrary take on Johnson's foreign policy positions, read this Daily Caller piece based on an April 2012 meeting with the candidate.)

Reason TV's most recent interview with the former two-term governor of New Mexico was conducted at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas in July. Take a look (5 mins):

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  1. Someone tell me why GJ does not have the cult-like following RP does. Is it something to do with gold?

    1. Because he hasn't been delivering the same message that Paul has from the pulpit of the U.S. Congress for the last twenty years.

    2. RP doesn't make the gaydar go haywire, unlike GJ.

      1. well. according to Bruno... 🙂

        i kid. in reality, he handled that incident with complete class. I suspect if a female reporter dropped trou and propositioned him in the same circs, he would have acted roughly the same. i think fair minded GLBT people etc (many of whom strongly protested the movie and SBC's act)

        granted, he's a well trained longtime politician so you would think he's used to being cool under pressure and this isn't the first time he, as a politician has been ambushed.

        don't get me wrong. I think SBC is a comic genius. but, to quote steve martin... comedy is not pretty

        1. Cool story bro.

          1. there's a million of them in the nekkid city. most involving gay solicitation of sex aint my cup of tea. this was an exception

            1. Cool story bro.

              1. a million in the nekkid city, brah\

    3. Dr. Paul is a Republican. GaJo is Libbertarian.

    4. You answered your own question with the word "cult". The Ron Paul thing is largely about Ron Paul. The Gary Johnson thing is almost entirely about the ideology.

    5. A) He's bland, despite his biography. He badly needs either a charisma transplant, or at least a passion transplant.

      B) Less ideologically rigid.

      C) Building up a following takes time. You may have noticed that GJ and RP have a slight age difference.

      1. Sorry if he doesn't "act" enough for you like the other politicians. He just tells it like it is. It may come off "bland" but he's shooting straight facts.

    6. Because he has no personality worth mentioning. He's as charismatic as a lamppost. And like it or not, politicians have to have at least a modicum of it. Johnson doesn't even have a smidgin.

  2. Which is exactly why both major parties rush to write off his views as naive, uninformed, and unworkable - even as it accords with most Americans' views.

    No, the reason is that a lot of wealthy people would lose a lot of money if the United States were non-interventionist.

    1. Oh come one HM. Are you saying our benevolent government worries about the checkbooks of wealthy people when making policy decisions? What are you, some kind of conspiracy theorist?

  3. The Dude: Fuck sympathy! I don't need your fuckin' sympathy, man, I need my fucking johnson!
    Donny: What do you need that for, Dude?

    1. SHUT UP , Donny!

  4. "Gary who?"

  5. Is free trade going to drag backward cultures into modernity like war can? Is free trade going to foster peace among neighbors like threat of superior force will?

    In seriousness I am for a strong national defense, one of the few things the Federal Government is legitimately tasked to do, and I don't think appeasement ever works out in the end, but when Johnson is right he's right. Right now we need a national security policy that we can afford and is more effective than what we're doing.

    1. WHy wouldn't you support exposing high profile civillians and diplomats to raging and viscious mobs?

      1. He probably hates democracy. Why do you hate democracy Fist?

        1. Because it touched me in the park when I was a kid.

          1. They have TSA in parks now?

  6. Man that dude jsut looks corrupt as the day is long lol.


  7. so GJ is reduced to writing for HuffPo? That's the same place that would send the film maker and pastor to Egypt over that silly movie that no one has seen.

    1. hey, huffpo jhas SOME cred. they got balko after all!

  8. Hey, Reason... you notice how people bitch when you post an article about Gary Johnson and then later they bitch about you not posting enough articles about Gary Johnson?

    I'm starting to get the idea that all they are really interested in is bitching.

    1. I find that to be true of an awful lot of people in many different situations.

    2. ya think? i see this all the time. i've also noted when reason posts an article that isnot some kind of nut punch (and these articles work best when the facts are sparse since people can fill in the blanks by assuming the worst about their hateed playa - govt., cops , umions, etc.

      i don't recall for example, if reason.com did a HR entry on the macpherson case (the 9th circuit case a few years back that stripped back police power substantially vis a vis taser use, and from what i have seen ... and read. has had a positive infuence to reign in police power), but a reason response would be mostly crickets on the positive side, and if much response was made, it would be a bunch of " yea buts" with complaints about how bad it is elsewhere

      constant cynicism and emphasis on the negative

      the threads with high podt counts are almost never the ones celebrating a victory. and of course those threads are far rarer than they would be if reason was seeking out to report the good and the bad on the liberty front

      in conventional newspapers, if it b;eeds it leads.
      here, if it sucks it (insert clever rhyme here)

      it's like battered wives saying "hit me again".

      having a mutual circle jerk bitch session, against the universal evils, is moat desired

      and dont get me wrong ... there is a lot of suckitude to wank about/

      1. ugh, editing. first paragraph "isn't some kind of nut punch or useful snark launching pad, it's almost always a near empty comment sectio...

          1. i haven't had to say that in a while.
            i may be a pig. but i'm a charming motherfucking pig. makes up for a lot


            1. Cool story bro.

              1. a million in the nekkid city.

                imo, this is a must for LEO's and corrections officers


  9. Johnson is a non-interventionist but not an isolationist.

    I can just see the liberal and neo-con heads tilting with uncomprehending blinks. I suppose if they could actually grok it they would twitch and then convulse. After all, the whole intent of govt is to fucking interfere with people's lives - should that really have to stop at our borders?

  10. Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray are the only choice to Save the American Dream: Self-Government, freedom from big government tyranny and oppression.... and to Restore Justice, the guardian of Liberty! The people believe in self-government and self-medication. Read more at:

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