- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Some are not happy with Sen. Rand Paul’s recent resolution for a declaration of war against the Islamic State. “We agree with your father, Ron Paul, who for decades was a lonely yet brave voice in Congress for peace. He was right when he called for getting the U.S. military out of the Middle East. Everyone knows that you’re posturing to get the Republican nomination for president in 2016,” says Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark in an open letter to the Kentucky Republican.

“But for this long-shot hope of winning the nomination, you have endorsed a roster of hawkish big government Republicans - from Mitt Romney to Mitch McConnell. And now you’re calling for sending our troops back to Iraq, which will be a death sentence for many of them,” Mr. Sarwark cautions.

“Just how much can your long-shot presidential bid be worth? Is it worth the lives of these young men and women? The Libertarian Party says ‘Absolutely not!’ While we agree with your view that no funds should be allocated to an illegal war, a policy of non-intervention remains the only just and reasonable approach to dealing with the Middle East - a land halfway around the world where the United States does not belong,” Mr. Sarwark says. “Your bid for a declaration of war against ISIS is unjustifiable and dangerous. Please withdraw it immediately.”

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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