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I Would Get Out of Afghanistan Tomorrow

April 30, 2011Posted in Afghanistan, Blog

An interview with Robert Naiman on Huffington Post:

“Yesterday, I talked to Gary Johnson about the war. While I was talking with him, I raised some other issues of U.S. foreign policy. Some highlights of the interview:

  • “I would advocate getting out of Afghanistan tomorrow … I realize that the logistics of getting out tomorrow isn’t tomorrow. But it’s months, it’s not years.”
  • Johnson advocates cutting the annual military budget by 43%. Over ten years, this is more than seven times what President Obama proposes to cut from the military budget.
  • Johnson supports the bill introduced by Senator Boxer that would require the President to establish a timetable with an end date for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This bill has, so far, not been endorsed by a single Senate Republican.
  • Johnson opposes the U.S. military intervention in Libya and thinks we should get out.
  • Johnson questioned why we have a U.S. military base in Okinawa, something few politicians in Washington has been willing so far to do, despite the fact that the base is spectacularly hated by the local population.
  • Johnson supports the legalization of marijuana. He noted that half of what we now spend on law enforcement is drug related, that we now have the world’s highest incarceration rate, and that much of that incarceration is related to the fact that marijuana is illegal. He argues that if marijuana were legalized and controlled, 75% of the border violence in Mexico would cease, saving thousands of lives.”

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