WASHINGTON, D.C. – The leader of the nation’s third-largest political party criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to attack Libya on Sunday, saying that U.S. foreign policy is fueling resentment for America in the Arab world.
“President Obama’s decision to order military attacks on Libya is only surprising to those who actually think he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle. “He has now ordered bombing strikes in six different countries, adding Libya to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.
Hinkle noted that a common thread between the six nations is that they are all predominantly Muslim countries.
“Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi is no friend of liberty, but the military involvement of the United States in the rebellion against him threatens to undermine the credibility of the resistance to his rule and turn him into a hero,” Hinkle warned. “As news of both actual and rumored killings of innocent civilians by American bombs spreads throughout the Arab world, the hatred which spawned the 9/11 murderers will continue to grow.”
The Libertarian Party leader advocates a policy of “armed neutrality” that embraces the idea of limiting use of the American military in “the defense of American soil, period.”
“As Senator Barack Obama said in criticizing the Bush administration, ‘The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,’” Hinkle said.
An IBOPE Zogby Interactive poll showed that 57% of American voters approve of U.S. military action to support the no-fly zone in Libya. A third of American voters support the military intervention “with an open possibility of further engagement.” Twenty percent believe the U.S. should be offering only humanitarian help.
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