Gary Johnson on The War in Afghanistan
Governor Johnson has stated that he supported the initial invasion of Afghanitan, but that the objectives there were accomplished six months after the invasion. He supports the immediate removal of troops from Afghanistan.
Governor Johnson has stated that the United States should not be borrowing money to build roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure in foreign countries, especially when such help is currently needed at home. Non-military foreign aid around the world is something we can not currently afford.
Fox News Appearance
On February 17, 2011 Governor Johnson appeared on Fox News and spoke about a number of subjects. He stated in that interview that we will be having the same argument about Afghanistan 25 years from now as we are having today.
Our America Initiative
Governor Johnson created the Our America Initiative during the beginning of the Presidential campaign in 2011. He stated there that he did not support the war in Iraq from the beginning and did not support the war in Afghanistan.
Defense and the Middle East War
It is important to have a strong defense both at home and abroad. We are each grateful and appreciate those that are involved with our nation’s military.
The United States should be protected from terrorism and those that attack America should be brought to justice quickly and efficiently. The United States should be proactive in such matters.
The United State should only be involved in just causes and should not engage in or risk military action except when needed to protect it’s specific interests. All defense budgets should be reviewed and balanced the same as any other governmental budget.
Gary Johnson opposed the war in Iraq as Governor of New Mexico and believes that the United States should withdraw our troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as effectively possible, believing that neither country poses a current threat to the US.
The United States should not be borrowing money to build roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure in foreign countries, especially when such help is currently needed at home. Non-military foreign aid around the world is something we can not currently afford.
Governor Johnson supports the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign country and believes that the United States should protect that right militarily if needed.
South Carolina Debate
In May of 2011, Governor Johnson participated in the Republican primary debate in South Carolina. He discusses his desire to see the troops pull out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.