Former Marine Sergeant Adam Kokesh, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, has formed an exploratory committee to run for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd district. Kokesh is a libertarian who strongly supports individual freedom and opposes the extra-constitutional encroachment of the federal government.
While serving in Iraq, Kokesh became disillusioned with the policies there. He now believes that military and financial government intervention should be limited to that which is stated in the Constitution.
Taken as a whole, America’s current foreign policy is a grossly unconstitutional one that we cannot afford. It has put us in a situation where children born today are burdened with an impossible debt. It is premised on a twisted version of American exceptionalism which assumes we have the right to police the world without respect for the sovereignty of fellow nations. If we hope to be respected in the global community, we would be wise to heed the advice of Thomas Jefferson and seek, “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”
…Just as damaging as our overt military interventions are our less-noticed financial interventions. Through misspent foreign aid, embargoes, and special trade agreements, by the law of unintended consequences we end up perpetuating inefficiencies, impoverishing vast numbers of people, and propping up corrupt governments. It is also morally wrong for our government to take money from the American people to promote and support foreign entities. By not applying American principles to our foreign policy, we allow America to become subservient to international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
If the sovereignty of the United States were to be violated by a foreign military, I would be the first one on the front lines. The best way we can ensure this never happens, is to show other nations the same respect for their sovereignty as we would hope they would have for ours.
President Obama delivered a speech at Cairo University that has already been noted around the world as unique for its candor. It has been translated into thirteen languages and stirred emotions throughout the Middle East. There were a number of issues that he raised that we do not hear about very often from politicians in Washington, let alone the President himself. Unfortunately, his policies are all too typical of the establishment.
…Regarding Afghanistan, he said, “We seek no military bases there.” This must be in contrast to his plan for Iraq which will leave 50,000 troops there indefinitely on 14 permanent bases. “Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice.” So is his commitment to maintaining the occupation indefinitely. This is the one place we have gotten lots of change from Obama on his foreign policy. First, he wanted to end the war in Iraq. Then he wanted to end it in 12 months. Then it was 16. Then 16 months and a “residual force.” Then, after taking office and meeting with generals on the ground in early March, he extended his plan again, this time to 19 months, to coincide with his first midterm election. I do not believe that was coincidence.
…He also mentioned Pakistan where he plans to “invest” $1.5 billion dollars of America’s money. Perhaps the new strategy in Pakistan is going to be indicative of the new imperialism: bomb them with drones, then buy them off to rebuild what we’ve blown up. The President looks magnanimous, the defense contractors get paid, and the internationalists have a field day. The only people who lose in this deal are the Americans who are taxed to fund this absurdity, and the Pakistanis who know better. When Senator Obama supported the strikes in Pakistan as a presidential candidate, the Pakistani protestors were burning effigies of him right next to the ones of President Bush and the American flag.
A 27-year-old Marine veteran and anti-war activist has formed an “exploratory committee” to look at challenging freshman U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján for Northern New Mexico’s congressional seat next year.
…Luján, who has been in Congress since January, blindly follows that party line and has no deep-rooted convictions, Kokesh said. “Ben Ray Luján is only interested in being part of the club,” he said.
…Kokesh graduated in 2000 from the now-closed Native American Preparatory School near Rowe. He enlisted in the Marines during his junior year in a delayed-entry program. He said he served 6 1/2 years, three of which were spent on active duty. He spent about seven months in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.
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