Tops on the Libertarian Left: from Left to furthest Left - Lew Rockwell, George Phillies & Thomas Knapp
by Eric Dondero
We here at Libertarian Republican have been banging on this drum for months now, years even. We Pro-Defense libertarians have been wondering out loud, when would the Anti-War faction of the libertarian movement finally fess up, and admit that they were wrong; that America has won the War in Iraq?
Many prominent liberals including most recently some huge figures in the liberal media, all former fierce War critics, have fessed up. So, why have the Anti-War Libertarians been so hesitant?
Why no Mea Culpas from Lew Rockwell, Justin Raimondo, Eric Garris (photo), Gene Berkman, Anthony Gregory, Alan Turin, Trent Hill, Ernie Hancock, Mary Ruwart, George Phillies, and all those diehard Ron Paulists?
In fairness, two minor players on the Libertarian Left, did make some noises to that affect in recent months: "Knappster" Thomas Knapp and Steve Newton over at Delaware Libertarian. Fittingly, both men are the only Military Vets in the group.
But now a major figure among Anti-War Libertarians has finally admitted to Iraq War success. And he couldn't have picked a better Forum: AntiWar.com. The site is ground zero in the Blogosphere for the Far Leftwing of the libertarian movement.
From Alan Bock, Senior Editor, Orange County Register, AntiWar.com, Feb. 9:
Iraqis back in Charge?And later in the piece an amazing admission from Bock that Iraqis actually appreciate somewhat American presence. This runs completely 180 degrees from what AntiWar.com and others on the Libertarian Left have been saying since 2003. Continuing:
The votes are not officially tabulated yet, and it will take a while for the implications of the recent provincial elections in Iraq to become apparent. But it is not too early to take note that they were conducted almost entirely by the Iraqis themselves, under Iraqi rather than American direct supervision, and that they were carried out almost completely peacefully... While the neocon fantasy of a model democracy the rest of the Middle East will rush to emulate is unlikely to emerge anytime soon, it is nonetheless a moderately hopeful omen.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of these elections is that the status or role of the U.S. seemed to play little role in the campaigning or in the positions taken by various parties... at least the parties didn't go out of their way to show that this one or that one resented the occupiers more than its adversaries did.Bock ends with a sensible proposition:
The longer it appears U.S. forces are staying, the more Iraqis are likely to postpone taking the kind of full responsibility the U.S. has said it wants them to take.Time to begin the pull-out out of Iraq, and let the Iraqi's take on even greater responsibilities for their own security? Hey, that's one sentiment that even us Pro-War in Iraq libertarians can agree on.
Now, if we can only get Justin Raimondo to man up and admit he was wrong, we'd all be in good shape. Whoopsi! Raimondo "manning up" on anything? On second thought, we'll just be content with Bock's admission for now.
DISCLOSURE: I served as Florida Chairman for Raimondo and Garris's Libertarian Republican Organizing Committee in the late 1980s. For years I tried to get them to be more reasonable on Defense matters. But with no success. Which led me to found the Republican Liberty Caucus in 1990. Needless to say, the RLC has proved to be a great success. LROC went defunct in 1991.
Let the record show that Tom Knapp does not agree with my analysis of his views on the War. He informs LR that he still believes the War has not been one. This despite some remarks he's made on various forums acknowledging the success on the ground of the Troops and the Surge. He is by all intents and puropses, a decidedly "mixed bag." -- ED