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The Libertarian Pushback

09.06.13 | Comment?

I supported going into Iraq, but I don’t support the way it was bungled for the first several years. Now we’re seeing anti-war Democrats twisting themselves into pretzels trying to justify bombing Syria and Republicans torn between knee-jerk instinct to oppose anything President Obama supports versus the fear of boxing themselves into a corner the next time their candidate is sitting in the White House. Why is ideological consistency so hard?


If the House and Senate vote against authorizing war next week, the efforts by these two guys will have been instrumental. Indeed, their outspoken, principled pushback is part of the reason that President Barack Obama—the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner—hasn’t already pursued some sort of strike “just muscular enough not to get mocked” by the world while not inciting retaliation by Bashar al-Assad’s allies, Russia and Iran.

Somewhere around G.W. Bush’s second campaign for presidency, I realized that my politics hewed closer to libertarian than either of the two big parties. It helped me get a new perspective on the high-school bickering, the media manipulation, and the opinion pieces masquerading as impartial news. I may not be 100% on board with the “big L” Libertarian platform, but I’d be willing to bet there are things about your party’s platform you disagree with too. When it comes to action Syria though, you call me a party man.

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