can we prevent future terrorist attacks?
first step is a foreign policy that rests on a simple principle:
prepared to defend ourselves, but we threaten no one.
a foreign policy should have four elements.
government should never interfere in other countries' disputes,
never arm foreign governments, and never give terrorists a reason
to pressure our government.
idea that our government acts to defend human rights around the
world is absurd. It replaces democratically elected governments
with dictators like the Shah of Iran or Augusto Pinochet. And it
rarely comes close to achieving any of its goals. Too often Americans
have fought and died for nothing.
American who wants to fight for – or send money to – a foreign government
or revolutionary movement should be free to do so (even though that's
currently illegal). But our government should stay out of such conflicts.
When the U.S. no longer imposes its way on foreign people, those
people will have no reason to fear us or hate us.
No Foreign Aid or Military Assistance
Constitution doesn't authorize our government to use your money
to support foreign governments.
not only unconstitutional, it's unfair. As Fred Smith has pointed
out, foreign aid taxes poor people in rich countries for the benefit
of rich people in poor countries.
by giving tons of money and military hardware to Israel's enemies,
the politicians can say we have to give massive aid to Israel to
keep it from being destroyed.
American should be free to send money or weapons to any government
anywhere. But you shouldn't be taxed for that purpose.
our government arming dictators, the dictators' subjects would have
no reason to hate us or fear us.
Security against Attack
the world's bad people want to conquer America, they'd have to pulverize
American cities until we submit to being occupied.
1983 Ronald Reagan said America should protect itself against missile
attacks. Unfortunately, he gave the job to the Department of Defense
– which is really the Post Office in fatigues.
so 18 years later we're no closer to being protected than we were
should rely as little as possible on politics and bureaucracy to
achieve anything. The government should simply post a reward – say,
$25 billion – to go to the first private company that produces a
functioning, foolproof missile defense. We'd probably have it within
that make us 100% secure? Of course not. Nothing will.
it will make us far safer than we are today. And it will eliminate
a principal excuse for meddling in other countries' affairs, so
that foreign people have no reason to hate us or fear us.
Target the Aggressors, Not the Innocent
with a missile defense, America could be threatened by a foreign
a Libertarian President would target the aggressor himself – not
his innocent subjects.
would warn the ruler that an actual attack against the US would
trigger the posting of a reward of, say, $100 million for the person
who kills the ruler. Everyone would be eligible to collect the reward
– including the ruler's guards and wives.
response would spare both innocent foreigners and Americans. Only
those who try for the reward would be at risk. Americans wouldn't
fight and die invading a foreign country.
you believe assassination is an unsavory act, what's the alternative
– killing thousands of people?
we stop bullying innocent foreigners, they will have no reason to
hate us or fear us.
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policies will produce a strong national defense, instead of the
strong national offense we now have. And terrorists will have no
reason to attack us.
we must find a way to permanently stop politicians from playing
with loaded weapons.
a start – a proposed Peace Amendment to the Constitution:
in time of war as declared by Congress, the United States will deploy
no military personnel or weapons outside the boundaries of the United
States; will not provide money, military equipment, or other resources
to foreign governments; and will not attack any foreign power. Upon
any violation of this article, Congress will immediately institute
impeachment proceedings against the President.
such an amendment had been enforced over the past 55 years, it would
have . . .