While I agree strongly with Libertarians on many things, I cannot bring myself to identify as a Libertarian due to their hostility to the American Military and foreign policy. I can’t really identify myself as anything because my views and convictions are a mixture of various existing ideas and certain contrarian views that I’ve come up with independently. I simply identify as a Capitalist nowadays but I am probably most aligned with Classical Liberals if I had to pick a label. I agree with Libertarians when it comes to individual freedoms, absolute embrace of the free market, income tax is theft, legalization of most or all drugs, allowing far more school choice or even eliminating the public school system, eliminating entitlement and welfare programs, eliminating the Federal Reserve and most government departments, second amendment rights, and various other issues.
My general view is that any policy that is being considered by government should primarily be concerned with whether that specific policy increases or decreases freedom, if it does the latter it should not be implemented. I believe in having limited government in the fashion our Founders designed. I believe in having as near to invincible national defense apparatus as possible. The overall strategy should comprise military, foreign policy, intelligence services, border security, immigration policy, homeland security, and law enforcement. I believe America must continue to be the premier economic, military, and diplomatic power in the world and should remain the only superpower because we have demonstrated our ability to lead the world into unprecedented security and prosperity. We have committed some aberrations over the years, but overall the world is lucky that the American Republic stands strong and proud to lead. We should have our air, naval, ground, intelligence, and diplomatic presence all over the world to ensure that our interests and the interests of our allies are being secured. In my view, we should seek to intimidate and strike fear into the hearts of our enemies which may include global terrorist organizations, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. Now many reading this will immediately arrive at the conclusion that I am a Neoconservative or unabashed interventionist. This is not true. I don’t believe that the United States should attempt export individual freedoms and democracy all over the world through military means or forceful foreign policy. We should seek to share and advocate our ideas across the globe and allow sovereign nations and their peoples to make decisions that they feel are right for them. We should take a very long-term view of foreign policy and should refrain from making short-term reactionary decisions as we have in the past. In my view, the U.S. shouldn’t intervene in every single issue across the world but there are certain issues which merit U.S. involvement such as the capture and killing of terrorists, the destruction of global black market and illicit trade networks, stopping irresponsible regimes from gaining access to WMD’s, and other similar issues. We should ensure that our adversaries fear us and do not try to interfere in or invade other nations because they have not proven themselves responsible enough to lead the world. Those 3 nations previously mentioned specifically have demonstrated themselves to be mendacious in policy and action and have made it their goal only to weaken our nation due to their envy of our power, wealth, and individual freedoms.
This brings me to many Libertarians and their view of our foreign and defense policy. Many Libertarians agree with left wing talking points such as the Iraq War, Afghanistan War, Drone Strikes against Pakistan, etc. actually caused the increase in the proliferation of global terrorism. They believe the international security situation is currently fraught with risk directly as a result of our foreign policy, which I have criticized on numerous occasions. This view is not based on reality and is something that is pushed by the left despite no credible evidence to support it. We have had an issue with radical Islamists since the Thomas Jefferson Administration when we had the First Barbary War. The majority of Islam is not compatible with American values and political institutions and it is damn time that we recognize that reality, I don’t know what the solution is but our foreign policy did not cause this problem. Islamic terrorism and imperialism has tormented India for hundreds of years even before the United States existed. How do the left and Libertarians explain that? The reality is that the United States needs to maintain a global presence to eliminate these terrorist scum on a direct basis and to find unconventional ways to stamp out their funding, ideology, and recruitment channels. Isolationists like Ron Paul are a prime example of people who believe and promote these fallacies. While I greatly respect Dr. Paul and his son Rand Paul, their foreign and defense policy views are not based in any sense of reality. We cannot just “bring the troops home” from Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. As soon as we do that there will be massive terrorism proliferation and possible destruction of semi-stable governments. This will be a massive national security risk to our country and we will have to send the troops back just like when President Obama pulled out of Iraq and had to send them back. Achieving conventional decisive victory in an unconventional war of this sort is not exactly possible because there are various networks that have to be stamped out and we have to ensure that there are zero havens across the world to plan attacks to hurt our country. Libertarians refer to this as the “warfare state”, as if all terrorism will stop if we just bring home our brave men and women and cut the defense budget. The leaders of various terrorist organizations have publicly and privately said they will not stop attacking us even if we leave their land, stop hitting them with air and drone strikes, and completely abandon our presence in their homelands. They said they will continue to attack us because they despise our way of life and we are “infidels” in their estimation. Our Defense Secretary James Mattis has said we should take these terrorists words at face value and believe that they will do what they say they will. We have not had any major attacks on the homeland in 16 years because our warriors and allied nations are with us all around the world to find terrorists in their caves and holes and kill them. Domestic terror or terror-like incidents increased strongly during the Obama Administration due to his inability to admit that we are still at war and his ridiculous immigration and refugee policies that allowed possible terrorists to enter the nation with inadequate vetting. His pandering to the terrorists was also very encouraging to them, he was one of the main people pushing the disingenuous claims that our foreign and defense policy was leading to more terrorism. He made all those statements whilst simultaneously bombing 7 countries and essentially declaring war on Syria without Congressional permission. While there are many criticisms to be made about the extremely short-term thinking of our foreign policy and the militarization of our diplomacy, it doesn’t mean we can just leave everywhere. Those thoughts are not based in reality. Although there are criticisms to be made about the strategic and tactical failures in the Iraq War, we can never say that we lost the war. The United States and Coalition Military Forces very quickly invaded and took control of Iraq and on that basis it was a strong military victory.
Many Libertarians and leftists say that the United States has been at war or involved in some kind of military operations for most of its existence and use that as a point of criticism. My question is, so what? The world is safe and peaceful because we have been bearing the brunt of continental and global security since our founding. Our country was meant to lead and this is simply evidence of it. I laugh with derision when people in our country and abroad criticize our military budget for being so large and approximately the size of the next 12 nations combined. First of all you need to eliminate salaries and benefits of personnel to arrive at the actual military budget. Then you consider the fact that many countries, especially Russia, Iran, and China lie about their military budgets, so the United States will become complacent. You know why our budget is large? We ensure global security. All countries spend money on defense, but our defense budget secures Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, various African Nations, etc. from Chinese, Russian, Iranian, North Korean, and terrorist aggression. Our defense budget would shrink rapidly if we stopped securing the majority of the world, but that would weaken our national strength as the worlds only superpower. Our foreign and defense policy lead to victory in WWI, WWII, partial victory in Korea, and most importantly our resounding victory in the Cold War. Without intervention, victory in the Cold War would’ve been impossible. While our nation blundered in Vietnam, that was largely due terrible leadership and policies from Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Defense Secretary McNamara, and General Westmoreland.
The imagination of President George W. Bush and his advisers that we could rapidly turn Iraq into a prosperous Democracy was ridiculous and unworkable. Additionally, the failure of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to ensure that American Personnel were protected from IED and RPG attacks with adequate technology and vehicles was a major disappointment in tactical planning. Additionally, the inability of American leadership to foresee a terrorist insurgency and Iranian interference in the war are disappointing. The United States foots the budget for the majority of global security and we have shown ourselves capable on most occasions of maintaining a prosperous world. We need to grow our economy to ensure we dominate the world with American power as we have since WWII. We need not intervene in the issues of every nation but we must keep a capable watch to ensure our interests are secured and that anyone who dares to challenge our Republic is destroyed. We must continue to build constructive partnerships with nations that are interested in working with us and helping them combat terrorism and attempts to bring down semi-stable governments such as the missions our warriors are undertaking all over Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America, and Asia.
America is the mightiest Republic upon which the sun ever shone and I sure as hell hope it remains that way. God Bless the Republic of the United States of America.
This is Saint Reagan signing off