Bob Barr Cites Need for Military Strength and Foreign Restraint

From the Barr 2008 Presidential Campaign:

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have been trading charges over whether talking to Iran would be appeasement, notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president. But “the issue is not talking, but talking from a position of strength and not expecting too much in return,” he says. Even Sen. McCain, in his recent speech on nuclear disarmament, called for negotiations with Russia, despite that government’s turn to authoritarianism. “By his own reasoning, shouldn’t that be considered appeasement,” asked Barr.

The fundamental challenge facing American foreign policy is not whether the U.S. talks to repressive regimes. The question, insists Barr, “is whether America will adopt a more restrained foreign policy, focused on protecting the core interests of the United States and the American people.”

“What reason is there to defend Europe, which has a larger population and economy than America,” he asked. “There is no need for an American military garrison in Japan, which enjoys the world’s second biggest economy, six decades after the end of World War II.” And certainly it is “not the American purpose to occupy failed states, take sides in conflicts among rival religious factions, and attempt to impose liberal democracy on other societies,” he added.

The American people deserve a far-reaching debate over foreign policy, said Barr. “For too long the U.S. has been coddling what amount to international welfare queens while playing global nanny to the Third World. We must develop a defense policy that defends America instead of everyone else.”

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and actively advocating American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.

39 Responses to “Bob Barr Cites Need for Military Strength and Foreign Restraint”

  1. charlie Says:

    Bob Barr today: “For too long the U.S. has been coddling what amount to international welfare queens while playing global nanny to the Third World. We must develop a defense policy that defends America instead of everyone else.”

    Bob Barr last June: “Recognizing Colombia’s essential role in our country’s campaign against illicit trafficking in cocaine, the Bush administration and prior Congresses have responded to Mr. Uribe’s efforts by funding “Plan Colombia” to the tune over its seven-year lifespan of more than $5.0 billion. While critics interpret the fact that Colombian-processed cocaine stills arrives in our country as evidence Plan Colombia should be defunded or dramatically reduced, in reality this support for Colombia’s efforts will continue as an essential component of our anti-drug program. If Congress truly wants the plan work better, the solution would be not to dry up funding but to provide more flexibility for its implementation.”

  2. Steven R Linnabary Says:

    Charlie, I too, was skeptical of Barr’s epiphany when I first heard it. But he is sounding as a Libertarian should. Let’s give him credit.

    Hopefully this release will make it to the Ron Paul devotees. So far, Barr is the ONLY major candidate still in the race (Ron Paul excepted) to be so straight forward. Voters will appreciate it.

    PEACE
    Steve

  3. ninja six Says:

    “There is no need for an American military garrison in Japan, which enjoys the world’s second biggest economy, six decades after the end of World War II.”

    ................

    Yes. We do not need to be here.

  4. Chuck Says:

    I’m certainly willing to give Barr the benefit of the doubt. Even if he is not perfect to all the Ron Paul supporters (frankly I personally have no gripe at this time), he’s got to be the best option for moderate libertarians and “true conservatives” in many, many years. His comments quoted in this article are right on target.

  5. DrGonzo Says:

    The more I hear from Barr the more I like him. I don’t think we have to worry about him putting out a Libertarian message anymore.

  6. disinter Says:

    Barf commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HYb1LEImh4

  7. Jonathan Says:

    May 30th, 2008
    NewsOK.com reports that the Oklahoma LP has begun the task of ensuring ballot access for Presidential Candidate, Bob Barr. According to OK LP Chair, Angelia O’Dell, they will need to collect close to 44,000 signatures to get Barr on the ballot as an independent candidate.

    Ballot Access News editor, Richard Winger has this to say about ballot access in Oklahoma-

    Oklahoma is the only state in the nation, in which all the procedures for getting on the ballot for president are tougher than a petition of 2% of the last vote cast. Oklahoma’s is 3% of the last vote cast. No one appeared in Oklahoma in 2004. Oklahoma doesn’t permit write-ins either.

    GUYS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE donate . This is the most crucial part of the campaign, we have only 158 days left to election. We must ensure ballot access. We need all your support, email friends ! email shows !

  8. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    So Barr made it through a whole foreign policy press release/conference without even once mentioning besieging, starving, or otherwise committing acts of war against Iran, Colombia, or anybody else? If so, that’s progress.

    I’m praying that he will soon announce the Barr/Root 2008 Repentance/Restitution Presidential Prison Tour. And then of course I’m looking forward to his trip to Iraq to repent to the victims of his support for the 20 year war.

  9. Jonathan Says:

    since no one running is pure enough for you RUDI I suggest you apply for Iranian citizenship, then I’m sure you can vote for somebody you like there

  10. disinter Says:

    since no one running is pure enough for you RUDI I suggest you apply for Iranian citizenship, then I’m sure you can vote for somebody you like there

    This Jonathan moron gets dumber by the day…

  11. Rudi Dekkers (former Libertarian Billy Graham) Says:

    Jonathan, The Holy Libertarian Spirit seems to be working on Bob Barr, so I’m going to keep praying for him. But if Barr keeps “kicking against the pricks” or backslides, I can always pray for Chuck Baldwin to repent for his recent threats against business owners whom he wants to swarm with business-to-business government mafia immigration sweeps. And if Chuck keeps on with his sinful ways, then I think I’ll stay right here and keep preaching the gospel in the land of the enslaved and home of the death squads and won’t vote for anybody rather than move to Iran.

  12. Eric Dondero Says:

    From a Pro-Defense Libertarian perspective, this release is perfect. Barr just keeps getting better and better. He’s done a fine job with this release in opposing Global Nanny-Statism, while at the same time recognizing the need for a Strong Defense, just in case.

  13. Eric Dondero Says:

    Jonathan, I want Oklahoma too. But let me play Devil’s Advocate for a second.

    What if we make it in 49 out of 50 states. Don’t you think the first question the media will ask is, “Congressman Barr, which is the one State that you won’t be on the ballot?” And then Bob can shame the shit out of Oklahoma.

    Imagine how Okies will feel when they hear they are the only State in the entire Nation not allowing the Libertarian Party on the ballot.

    I wonder too, if there’s some sort of write-in mechanism for OK that the ticket can use in case we don’t make it?

  14. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    Soon, after the Holy Libertarian Spirit continues to convict him, Barr will be recognizing the need for a “Safe Defence” (and maybe spelling it with a ‘c’ like the Virginia Declaration of Rights):

    “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty: and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”

  15. disinter Says:

    Imagine how Okies will feel when they hear they are the only State in the entire Nation not allowing the Libertarian Party on the ballot.

    I can’t imagine they will give a flying fuck. Especially considering they haven’t really cared in the past.

  16. Clark Says:

    ...well, it seems it’s come down to this..if barf gets a lot of $upport/votes then the republican retard caucus will certainly promote other fucking republican psychopaths, fools, etc. within the LP in the future..

    ...but if the republican barfers get embarrassed..maybe the LP can be somewhat rid of its chronic republicratitis..

    ...so, i’m praying for a good sound embarrassment this November…one that SCREAMS “FUCK YOU, YOU REPUBLICAN KNOW-LITTLES AND ETC. ASSORTED RICHARDHEADS!..GO BACK TO YOUR STINKING REPUBLICREEPS!” ;o)

    ..AND NOW…BY POPULAR DEMAND..ANOTHER EPISODE OF “CLARK’S MONEY TIDBITS:”..

    ...little do you republicrats know, but one of the very first british ‘acts of war’ in the american revolution was a massive counterfeiting operation..

    According to Zarlenga, the world’s foremost monetary historian (if you know of a better one, NAME THE NAME), ‘Counterfeiting was standard British procedure and used as a military weapon…

    ..’In January 1776 or earlier a printing press on board HMS Phoenix…lying in New York harbor was turning out counterfeits of the $30 bill’..and ‘When Gen. Howe took New York in 1776 it became the center for counterfeiting. ‘”Immense quantities” were openly printed there..’

    ...so you see, republicrats, “the money” is and always has been VERY IMPORTANT..

    ...which begs the question, ‘why do you republicrat money dummies know more about, for example, britney spears’ shaved head than you do about the origin, nature, history, etc. of that ‘thing’ which near-dominates your republicrat lives?

    ...strange, brainwashed, priorities, republicrats ;o) ...ooga booga..

    (this ‘Clark’s Money Tidbit’ brought to you by CLARK)

  17. Clark Says:

    BOB BARFED: “There is no need for an American military garrison in Japan, which enjoys the world’s second biggest economy, six decades after the end of World War II.” (END)

    ...yeah, right!..after years of sucking the warmonger’s hog…now, at 60, he’s seen the light!.i’ve heard this fuck on the radio for years and he’s never sounded like this!..(and his philosophic hero is Ayn Rand too!..yeah, right!)..it seems the old republican dog has learned a new trick!

    ...btw barfers, don’t you know these bases are needed?..for example, US Inc. does all kinds of loud, dangerous, environmentally ruinous, etc. training and whore-mongering for the boys, etc., overseas which they can’t get away with in the states..

    ..ooga booga, republicrats!..no place for you to hide..

  18. Craig Says:

    I’m surprised you’re on board with this press release, Eric. Barr sounds an awful lot like Ron Paul—stop defending Japan, stop defending Europe, stop occupying failed states. Even Ron Paul spoke of a strong defense, but I think conservatives couldn’t hear him through his libertarian dialect. Barr speaks more directly to them, but says pretty much the same thing.

    He could be looking at a very respectable showing in November.

  19. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    The Holy Spirit is working on Eric too. This is a neo-Great Awakening. Soon, Eric will be touting the benefits of a natural, proper, and safe defence of a free state.

  20. RussellK Says:

    Rudi,
    Dont be so hard on Eric! His semi-relevance among conservative bloggers is all he has left!
    In a few years, I imagine most of the conservative media will be sounding oddly Paulistic, which will of course will just be a shift in rhetoric for the sake of relevance.
    I wonder if any of them are aware of their lack of consistent principles. I doubt it. Pathological liars.

  21. Andy Says:

    “Oklahoma is the only state in the nation, in which all the procedures for getting on the ballot for president are tougher than a petition of 2% of the last vote cast. Oklahoma’s is 3% of the last vote cast. No one appeared in Oklahoma in 2004. Oklahoma doesn’t permit write-ins either.

    GUYS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE donate . This is the most crucial part of the campaign, we have only 158 days left to election. We must ensure ballot access. We need all your support, email friends ! email shows !”

    Unless a HELL of a lot of money floods into the campaign fast, there is no way that the ballot access deadline will be made in Oklahoma. At this late stage in the game ballot access in Oklahoma could easily cost over $320,000, and even with that kind of money there is a chance that the deadline wouldn’t be made. I have a difficult time seeing this happen.

    “I wonder too, if there’s some sort of write-in mechanism for OK that the ticket can use in case we don’t make it?”

    Oklahoma does not count write in votes.

  22. Robert Capozzi Says:

    Yes, Barr is raising the bar for L politicians. This release frames the issues well, and doesn’t spin out highly theoretical positions.

    A+

    Keep up the good work.

  23. Harold S Says:

    Barris a Fraud. The Ron Paul crowd will never warm up to him.

  24. Harold S Says:

    Barr is a Fraud.

  25. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    RussellK, My apologies if I sound like I’m being hard on Eric, Bob Barr, Wayne “the surge is working” Root or any other authoritarian that is being drawn to Libertarianism by the good work of the Holy Spirit. My aim is only to love the sinner (but not the sin) and look forward to the day when they too will join us in our reclaiming freedom from government standing armies and central banks.

  26. Jonathan Says:

    the ron paul supporters if you want to call them that have no where to go but to the Libertarians. I know , I’m one of them believe me. After the Republican convention they will come, only hting it may be tto late since we need money now. It is crucial tog et on West Virgina and Oklahoma. It is crucial to make in roads now in the polls for the debates, Your average American doesn’t even know there is a Third Party called Libertarian. We need money fro commercials. I hope everyone here has donated adn do their best to spread the word and I don’t mean keep posting in this web site. email email email, blog blog blog, write write , wear T-shirst, place a bumper sticker , we need name recognition first !

  27. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    Jonathan, I’ll bet you if he were to put in big letters the words “Peace & Sound Money” on the side panels, Bob Barr could raise money to launch a blimp in no time. But “The Surge is Working” ain’t going to bring ‘em.

  28. Harold S Says:

    “Your average American doesn’t even know there is a Third Party called Libertarian. ” And they don’t care. The lemmings follow the so called two party system. They refuse to step outside the box.

  29. John Lowell Says:

    Rudi,

    Baldwin is essentially right in how he’d like to deal with business that consciously hire illegals. I’d make some methodolgical adjustments, however. After the FBI identifies and moves on these slime, I’d prefer that those in the responsible managements were confined, and beaten daily until they were prepared to confess without reservation in public trial to their wrongdoing, to their having given aid to spies and saboteurs. There would follow the trials themselves, of course, with juries drawn from the unemployed in each of the locale involved, and a prosecutor with the approach of an Andre Vyshinsky. And the purpose: Pedagogy, purely and simply. Years of experience with such methods in Eastern Europe have demonstrated their utter effectiveness in changing overall public attitudes. Just a little of this kind of instruction would work wonders when it comes to the illegal immigration problem, I’m sure you’d agree.

  30. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    John, I don’t think I agree with anything you said. Although, surely you agree that the guys that ran the FBI when Bob Barr was one of their hitmen thought so highly of the effective techniques of the Stazi that long ago they hired Marcus Wolf to put the systems in place here in the U.S. that you describe.

    But, you’re forgetting that the Holy Spirit is working on Bob Barr right now, not Chuck Baldwin. And even if after Bob Barr is elected and immediately ends federal intervention in this area and the state governments enact their own nationalist ID, travel papers, and embedded micro-chip statutes, you’re forgetting that on the other pane of his campaign blimp, Bob Barr is going to have the words “Jury Veto Power.”

    So, only 1 out of 12 previously fat, dump, ugly, unemployed U.S. of American needs to be woken up by the Bob Barr Repentance and Restitution Campaign to stymie the implementation of yours and Chuck’s Stazi-West.

  31. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    I agree that we shouldn’t station troops in Europe, Japan, or the Arab states. (Nor should we give money to any foreign nation.)

    But are U.S. troops stationed in these nations to defend them—or to police them?

    Let’s not forget, one reason the U.S. insisted on “defending” Japan and Germany was so that those nations would not re-arm. And to provide the U.S. with overseas bases, first to prepare against the Soviets, later to support our empire. (Many U.S. bases in Europe are part of the military supply chain to Iraq and Afghanistan.)

    What if Germany, Japan, and the Arab states all said, “You’re right! American taxpayers should not pay for our defense. Please leave. Go. Go home. Allow us to pay for our own defense—by building up our own militaries, with top fighter jets and missile defense systems, and the latest technologies.”

    Would we let them?

  32. Rudi Dekkers Says:

    Thomas, Good point. It is such a load of shit to claim that the U.S. is defending these countries when everybody knows that the U.S. military establishment openly refer to Japan as merely an unsinkable aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy.

    Has Barr ever called for the dismantling of this global offensive system before? Not only by RP’s calculations is this a $1 trillion per year racket, but it forms the structural foundation that the entire Military Keynesian system depends on.

    The Holy Spirit is certainly sweeping Bob Barr into some nice libertarian territory.

  33. disinter Says:

    Barr is a Fraud.

    You don’t say?

  34. John Lowell Says:

    Rudi,

    The earlier post, simply to give you an idea of what might be available in terms of alternative approaches should Baldwin’s be found unacceptable for some reason. :-)

    “But, you’re forgetting that the Holy Spirit is working on Bob Barr right now, not Chuck Baldwin.”

    It would never have entered my mind that the Holy Spirit were “working” on either of them, frankly, never having confused Barr with St. Francis of Assisi or Baldwin with St. Therese of Liseaux. :-)

  35. Brad F Says:

    For those of you who say a vote for Bob Barr will ensure an Obama victory, I say you better choose between your two choices, Bob Barr, or Obama.

  36. End the Empire Says:

    Mushrooms unite ! LOL-this was written by Barr’s handlers-DUH

    You didn’t realize that ! See the post above about listening to Barr on the Radio. Barr has never believed this before. I was within Barr’s radio show’s range also. He’s a libertarian leaning conservative, PERIOD. You have what you have. Hopefully his handlers will continue to do the writing of press releases and stump speeches. The AP will probably block it from getting out to the masses however! Wonder if they could utilize Phillies media distribution system to help them get the word out ?

    It’s time to turn the barrels toward the flyweight “empty suit” B.O. and creepy old, old “Insane” McSame. We accomplish NOTHING productive for liberty by attacking Barr/Root or Baldwin/Castle, now. Turn your heat on the enemy, the Ds and Rs. B.o. offers the failed socialist crap from the 20th century. Done that, IT DON’T WORK, it’s part of our problem now. McSame wants to continue the current “neo-crap” that pads the military Industrial congressional complex. We’ve doing that. IT DON’T WORK

  37. Eric Dondero Says:

    Hmmn, this is rather funny. Now opposition for foreign and military aid to Germany and Japan is viewed as not part of the Pro-Defense Libertarian position. Curious?

    News Alert! Myself and other Pro-Defense Libertarians are concerned with the rise of Islamo-Fascism around the World, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia.

    I can’t speak for all Pro-Defense Libertarians, but this Pro-Defense Libertarian has always been opposed to continuing aid to Germany and Japan. Better to divert those resources to Afghanistan and Iraq, (and Somalia and Sudan.)

    Though, maybe not. I note todays news all over the media, is that the War in Iraq is pretty much over and won. Al Qaeda has been soundly defeated. US Troops deaths for the month of May in Iraq are at an all-time low.

    So, maybe it’s time to let the Iraqis handle things themselves, bringing the bulk of our Troops home, with a sufficient amount of back-up from us for a few years.

  38. Eric Dondero Says:

    Hey, how about a few apologies from the Anti-Defense Libertarian contingency out there.

    By today’s media reports, the War in Iraq has been won, and Al Qaeda defeated. All over the news websites and blogs.

    Frontlining NewsMax.com for instance. Also on RCP, Drudge, ect…

    Time for Anti-Defense Libertarians to fess up. You all were wrong. Dead wrong.

  39. Ayn R. Key Says:

    No, Eric, you’re not a pro-defense libertarian, you’re a pro-offense neoconservative. By the way, you never told me how the “islamofascists” are going to take over the USA and impose Sharia law.

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