Libertarian Party opposes further intervention in Iraq

In February 2003, the Libertarian Party LP issued an article titled “10 reasons why the USA should not attack Iraq.”

The article began by saying, “… there’s only one valid reason for the United States to go to war: Self-defense.”

Geoffrey Neale, LP national chairman, commented, “Unfortunately, the U.S. government ignored that principle, and engaged in ‘preventive war’ against Iraq. Many times since then, the Libertarian Party has criticized that decision.”


Neale also served as the LP national chairman in 2003.

In retrospect, the LP greatly understated the problems. We guessed the war might cost as much as $200 billion. It turned out to be closer to $1 trillion. We suspected that Saddam Hussein would not use his WMDs against the U.S. It turned out, he didn’t have the weapons at all. And we failed to predict the hardship that U.S. military action would impose on millions of Iraqis.

We are now seeing the predictable result of the intervention: civil war in Iraq.

The U.S. government’s war on Iraq has worsened the lives of both Americans and Iraqis.

What should the U.S. military do now? Nothing. No air strikes, no drone attacks, no “military advisors.”

There is no way to un-make the damage, and further intervention will only prolong and aggravate the current problems.

There is one thing our government could do: allow Iraqi refugees to immigrate to the United States.

The Libertarian Party supports a foreign policy of free trade and non-intervention.

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2 thoughts on “Libertarian Party opposes further intervention in Iraq

  1. The Gray Homestead June 19, 2014 / 12:30 PM

    By allowing refugees to immigrate to the US would be an intervention. This intervention could prolong and aggravate the current situation in Iraq. Encouraging those Iraqis who do not want war to leave the country would only make it harder on those who choose to stay.


  2. Thomas Hill June 19, 2014 / 3:07 PM

    I see your point. We should encourage the free flow of peaceful people and products of all nations without entangling in political alliances. Of course the US government has been intervening in other nation’s affairs for years. With the quagmire in Iraq, one might argue allowing refugees to relocate here is a type of reparation for the mess Uncle Sam left behind. It is a friggin’ mess and like the Libertarian Party (I am a member), I certainly don’t have all the answers.

    Thank you for your thought provoking comment! Peace to you and yours…


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