This evening many libertarians will join forces with POWIR (People's Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism) in a rally to shed light America is still in Afghanistan despite what is widely believed. Many Americans have been under the impression President Obama has pulled our troops out of Afghanistan however that is not the case and has been occupying the country for 12 years. Many former supporters of Obama are now opposed to him, as his actions have not followed his campaign rhetoric.
The Libertarian Party has a long history of opposing the occupation of Afghanistan and some of the public are wondering why we are still there once we accomplished our retribution for 9/11. Libertarians would like to see President Obama bring the troops home from Afghanistan and stop spending the billions it costs U.S. taxpayers to occupy Afghanistan each year.
In 2011, then Libertarian Party chairman Mark Hinkle said of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, "This war causes the Afghan people to justifiably feel a greater hatred toward America. It makes American taxpayers poorer. And it emboldens other would-be aggressors, who can point to American intervention in Afghanistan whenever they feel like doing the same elsewhere. There are two big winners from the continuation of this war: Our military-industrial complex, which seems to have the president in its back pocket, and the Afghan government, which continues to enjoy tremendous benefits at the expense of the American taxpayer."
Four American soldiers were killed in Zhari last week after a house was booby-trapped that the soldiers had entered. Another American was killed this past Saturday in a dispute with a private Afghan security guard. 106 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year and 2,284 United States soldiers have died since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Libertarians, POWIR and others opposed to the occupation will be congregating in Hollywood, Florida on the West end of Young Circle between Hollywood Blvd and Young Circle tonight at 6:30 p.m.