Gary Johnson on Libya
Governor Johnson has stated that he is opposed to operations in Libya from A-Z. He has noted that there was not congressional authority for such action and that there are several other countries in that region that qualify for the same kind of military intervention.
Reality Report Interview
In March of 2011, Governor Johnson was interviewed by the Reality Report and discussed Libya at length. Governor Johnson was vocal in his opposition to intervention and the foreign policy implications.
Washington Times Op-Ed
In March of 2011, Governor Johnson wrote and op-ed in the Washington Times addressing the subject of Libya. In that op-ed, he notes his views that while Ghaddafi is a bad dictator, he has been in office for 40 years and the US has just now gotten around to addressing the terroriss acts he has committed. Governor Johnson notes that a cynical person would point to the oil in Libya as one reason that the US could be moving into Libya. He also notes the cost of a no-fly zone.
New Hampshire Debate
Governor Johnson was not invited to participate in the Presidential debate held in New Hampshire. However, he did answer each of those questions in a video. When responding to the question about Libya, he states that he completely opposes US involvement in Libya.
I think that the United States should be vigilant against any military threat. I don't see that military threat at all in Libya. I was opposed ... I am opposed to Libya A through Z.
Where was the congressional authorization to go into Libya?
Where is it in our constitution that says that since we don't like a foreign dictator that we should go in and topple that foreign dictator?
Aren't there five other countries in the middle east right now that qualify for the same kind of military intervention that we have implemented in Libya?
I just don't see an end to this kind of foreign policy. Are we not creating more enemies around the world than friends.