GARY JOHNSON ON LIBYA: "IT WAS A CIVIL WAR WHEN WE STARTED LAUNCHING MISSILES, AND IT REMAINS A CIVIL WAR TODAY"

 

August 23, 2011, Manchester, NH -- Speaking Tuesday at a meeting of the Concord Rotary Club in New Hampshire, Governor Gary Johnson reiterated his opposition to U.S. military involvement in Libya, despite the “good news” that Moammar Qaddafi appears to have lost his grip on power.

“I’ve been opposed to our involvement in Libya from the beginning,” he said. “Where was the military threat to the United States, and where was the Congressional authorization?”

“Now we’re seeing the toppling of Qaddafi, but the question is ‘who toppled him?’ I predict that the U.S. will support the rebels, without really knowing who they are or whether Libya or the U.S. will actually be better off. Regardless, we’ll be funding it.”

"Before anyone claims that this week's developments validate our ill-advised military engagement, they need to consider the very real possibility of unintended consequences. It was a civil war when we started launching missiles, and it remains a civil war today."

Governor Johnson was in Concord and Loudon today as part of his 9-day schedule in New Hampshire. He spent yesterday making stops in the “North Country” and will head to Newmarket and Derry tomorrow, hosting a “Get to Know Gary Johnson” Town Hall meeting in Derry at Pinkerton Academy. (Photo Caption: Governor Johnson in Loudon, New Hampshire with the co-owner of the Miles Smith Farm, Carol Soule, and her highland cow, Missy.)
For more information, please visit www.garyjohnson2012.com.

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About Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, a Republican and two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2002, has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty.