Gary Johnson: Obama “as militaristic” as George W Bush and Romney “has not one molecule of brain”Submitted by legalizeliberty on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 12:30
With little more than three weeks to go until Election Day, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has amped up his rhetoric on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, stressing his differences between the two — particularly in regards to what Johnson says is excessive US military force and defense spending.
“I’m the only candidate who doesn’t want to bomb Iran,” Johnson said earlier this week (Oct. 10) when the former two-term governor of New Mexico addressed an enthusiastic group of supporters at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico.
Speaking without notes for just under a half-hour, Johnson blasted Obama from the left and Romney from the right but saved his most passionate rhetoric for cutting the defense budget by 43 percent and calling for an end to US foreign interventions.
“[If] we bomb Iran, we’re going to find ourselves with another hundred million enemies to this country that we wouldn’t otherwise have,” Johnson said.
Neither Obama nor Romney has said they want to bomb Iran in response to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions but the Obama and Romney campaigns have tangled over the more appropriate actions to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iranian officials say their country has no plans to make an atomic bomb but leaders in Israel insist the Iranians are lying.
“How about the notion of trading with Iran,” Johnson — wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign under a sportcoat — asked the crowd, criticizing the Obama administration’s support of current economic sanctions there and Romney’s call for taking a tougher line. “Were we going to bomb China when they were developing a nuclear weapon or do we engage in trade with China and I refuse to accept that China is a threat, given that we are intertwined from a trade standpoint.”
In interviews, Johnson has denied being an isolationist, saying that he is a “non-interventionist” who believes US military forays are counter-productive. In his speech Oct. 10, Johnson was more strident.
“You know what the root of all evil is,” Johnson continued. “The root of all evil are politicians who beat their chests and in the name of electing me or re-electing me, we’re going to take on the war on terror. And in that name, we end up killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians in these countries where we militarily intervene. Our service men and women come back in body bags or with their limbs blown off and at the root of all that are politicians. We need to stop our military interventions.”