Posted by: irishhawk | July 6, 2010

Co – National LDC Chairman Bjornson Fires Back at LP Executive Director Benedict Over Foreign Policy Communique

Co – National Chairman of The Libertarian Defense Caucus, Kevin Bjornson, has condemned the foreign policy communique composed by Libertarian Party Executive Director, Wes Benedict.

The communique calls for the immediate and precipitous withdrawal of  all U.S. forces from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters. This irresponsible and sophomoric policy stance serves to undermine any foreign policy credibility The Libertarian Party had remaining and demonstrates how wildly disconnected Mr. Benedict, and The Libertarian Party are, from the realities of geopolitics.

The LP Executive Director’s communique is published first, followed by Mr. Bjornson’s passionate rebuttal:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been back in the news recently, and we just had the bizarre spectacle of the Republican National Committee Chairman saying he didn’t like Obama’s war in Afghanistan, while the DNC chastised him for failing to support the troops.

Here are ten reasons to end the wars now. I hope you’ll take a look at some of the links.

1. American military and contractor casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2. Iraqi and Afghanistan civilian and military casualties.

3. These wars are a tremendous waste of taxpayer money in a time of extreme deficits, high unemployment and a falling stock market.

4. Invading and occupying Afghanistan and Iraq feeds terrorism.

5. Osama Bin Laden and his co-conspirators who attacked the World Trade Center were Saudi Arabian.

6. As Congressman Ron Paul recently said: “In Afghanistan, we are fighting the Taliban, those dangerous people with guns defending their homeland. Once they were called the Mujahideen, our old allies, along with bin Laden, in the fight to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan in the 1980s.”

7. Most Republicans in Congress now admit Iraq was a mistake.

8. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s comments show that even the hawkish Republican Party can’t support this war with a straight face.

9. As James Madison said, “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” (Witness the PATRIOT Act.)

10. The U.S. military has been in Iraq over seven years, and in Afghanistan almost nine years. It’s time to give peace a chance.

(Note, the LP doesn’t necessarily endorse the organizations linked above. We encourage you to research these issues for yourself.)

Sincerely,

Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

The rebuttal  of Co – National Chairman Mr. Kevin Bjornson:

Wes Benedict, “LP executive director”:

Your recent communique (appended below) tends to alienate
at least half of your LP audience. Is that your intention?

Do you intend to cleanse the LP of all but a tiny clique
centered around spurious sources like IBC and anti-war.com?


Fact-checking your statistics is an Alice-in-Wonderland
journey through America’s anti-war fringe, where far-left
meets far-right.

For example: your claims for US-caused civilian casualties
are sourced to this website:
http://www.iraqbodycount.org/

However, when I click unto their source, I get this:
http://www.iraqbodycount.org/database/

Clearly, this source is self-referential. They do claim a few sources,
in general terms (like “media reports ” or “Iraqi government sources”–with no links as to where specifically all these numbers
were published, or proof linking the statistics to reality.

In fact, the statistics of alleged US victims mostly include:
“suicide bombers” “roadside bombs” and “shot” by insurgents.
So attributing the cause of their misfortune to the US is disingenuous–akin to blaming US attacks on Hitler
as the cause of the holocaust.

In fact, this page reaches a dead-end, wherein they assert as
proof of their statistics, that they are from irregular and
non-transparent sources:
1 We join UNAMI’s call for the Iraqi Government to provide this information of important public interest regularly and in a transparent manner. UNAMI HR Report, 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2007. Page 3 Para 2. (PDF)

Yet another “source” is self-referential:
http://www.iraqbodycount.org/about/

Worse, this “source” admits they record all violent deaths,
simply assuming they are all the fault of the US.
And further assuming, our only alternative to present policies
is withdrawal to US soil, in the vain hope that oceans and a
pious attitude will protect our homeland while saving foreign
victims.

These series of self-referential websites read as if written by
grad students doing a parody of a superficially academic style.

Pompous enough to persuade the gullible, but without credibility
or substance.


I must protest at this sophomoric display.
This clearly diverges from your job description–
which is executive and not policy-devising.
You are not recruiting libertarians, but trying to re-make
the LP in your image. You are making dovish foreign policy
dovishness, and not the pledge or NAP, the litmus test for
libertarianism.


You pontifications are causing grave harm to the LP.

Thank goodness the LP has near-zero credibility,
or your editorials would cause grave harm to the country.

Civilization is engaged in a war with barbarism and religious zealotry.
This conflict will continue until we are vanquished or victorious,
and cannot be ended unilaterally by the partial surrender you advocate.

If you cannot restrain your actions to those within your legitimate
purview, you have sat too long in your position for any good you
have been doing. In that case, your best course is to depart,
and let us have done with you. In the name of Ayn Rand, go!

Kevin Bjornson
National Co – Chairman of The Libertarian Defense Caucus

Editor’s Note: The Libertarian Defense Caucus calls on LP News to allow this Caucus to publish a response to the Executive Director’s communique. His position is not representative of  those in the broader libertarian movement, nor even within The Libertarian Party, itself.

Disclaimer:

The views, opinions, positions or strategies expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, positions, policies, or strategies of The Libertarian Defense Caucus or any individual Caucus member thereof.

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Responses

  1. @ Bill

    Yes, the fight to bring an end to welfare abuse is exactly the same as bringing an end to a faction of violent extremists hell bent on imposing their totalitarian vision upon us.

    *eyes rolling*

  2. “Civilization is engaged in a war with barbarism and religious zealotry. This conflict will continue until we are vanquished or victorious, and cannot be ended unilaterally by the partial surrender you advocate.”

    Wow! Just, wow! War on drugs, war on poverty, war on barbarism — it’s all an authoritarian ploy and you have fallen for it — hook, line, and sinker.

  3. Great response to Benedict ! Thanks for that !
    Ed


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