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That's still -- for liberty conference at George Washington university in.
Washington DC AA and the segment I want to talk about war.
Except I don't really -- I don't like talking about what I'm not.
Knowledgeable about and IA spent my entire career talking about free markets and consumerism and psychology.
And defense I left to those other people and I work at fox with a bunch of very Smart people who are convinced.
That we need to be in all those countries and we need to spend as we are fifty of our budget on defense they say we should spend more so.
On what David both start with that -- most libertarians are skeptical about.
That's right John I think for centuries.
Libertarians classical liberals whatever term -- went by the time.
Have been concerned.
Horrified by the impact of war on society for centuries war was.
Totally devastating it killed lots of people it destroyed society to destroy families and businesses it wrecked the economy it wrecked the treasury.
Cost -- tax payers money.
For years and years to come.
Right now the United States is involved in a couple of wars that are not as devastating as that of war in Iraq in the war in Afghanistan.
Pretty devastating in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But it's kind of easier here in the United States for us to ignore it because.
For a rich country for -- country's biggest we are not as.
Much of an impact as wars used to have but the same things are still there we have spent something like a trillion dollars on these two wars.
Has it been worth it.
Has it been worth a few thousand American lives and a lot more lives of people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And I think it hasn't I think it's time to get out of these wars bring the troops home.
And one of the things it's time to do it and it's for the United States to reduce its military footprint it's intervention around the world.
Because part of what that's doing John said there are people all over the world who want to kill us one of the reasons they want to kill us -- we occupy their countries we said.
We send -- -- -- troops into their countries and that makes people mad there's a scholar at the University of Chicago.
Which pretty well demonstrated the most.
Generator of terrorism.
Is a country being occupied by a foreign power we ought to ratchet back from that.
I invite you to the microphones that comment about this and why you come let me ask you David.
Saddam Hussein and supported terrorism and plenty people with whom I work -- We need to go in there establish.
A beach head of freedom freedom society in the middle of the Middle East.
And it seems to have been kind of successful this surge which was vilified by the left seems to have brought peace to Iraq -- -- it's the role model for.
-- -- Thought if it's brought peace to Iraq then why aren't our troops home.
Apparently we haven't brought peace to Iraq which is why we're still yeah.
Ahead you still have to ask was it worth half a trillion dollars.
Yes -- Hi my name's Alex -- you -- with the American University here in DC.
During the bush error we saw a lot of support for the anti war movement is very vocal this very visible.
Where do you think that supporters on why -- it left us and where is it.
Boy that it's a really good question where is -- Probably mostly an anti bush movement and now he's gone.
I -- at the Cato Institute in downtown Washington for eight years there was never a day that there wasn't an anti war protest being advertised on the light pole in front of our building not -- -- just -- you know anti war activists who would put these posters up.
January 20 2009 those posters -- spirit and they haven't come back.
And John's right the the obvious easy suggestion -- is -- people weren't anti war they were only anti bush and they are not anti Obama.
Another answer I guess is Obama said he would end the wars.
And so they kind of retire.
And it's taken them awhile to figure out the wars -- over it's taken a long time for them to figure it out.
John Russell from the University of Nevada Reno true of false.
Slaughtering innocent people is never justified.
I would say false I think we had to kill innocent people to end world worked him.
Slaughter is a charged term and so slaughtering -- murdered.
Slaughtering it well -- actually means the unjustified.
Killing that's its definition.
So unjustified killing is never justified as a -- apology agree with.
But yeah I killed children it's not justified to kill children that's right if.
Someone -- you.
And you have to respond but it's terrible to kill innocent people in the American revolution innocent people were killed.
Was it justified.
Well I think it probably was to get that Brittany.
Occupying British power out of the United States and allow us to be a free and independent country but it's not something to be taken lightly.
It is not something to be undertaken lightly.
We should have a very good reason and self defence or national independence.
Our basically the only recent.
I am Corey -- from Kent State University.
Back in the 1960s obviously we have draft in this country and you know that was reasoning anti war -- so big during the time what are your thoughts on military recruiting on campuses high school campuses college campuses.
Do you think.
That it's something the government should be doing.
The military is a legitimate function of government it is essential to have a military to defend.
Our country and therefore it is absolutely appropriate for them to recruit.
Everywhere they can't.
And I will say one thing I don't think we want is a military that has no representation.
From our college educated in our Ivy League educated.
So -- I'm happy to see the military recruit.
But the question you you started we have I think it's significant.
There was a very powerful anti war movement win there was a military draft.
And clearly one of the reasons we don't have a powerful anti war movement today.
Is that we're not drafting people and threatening to send them all on willingly to war.
I don't want to draft but I understand we have a stronger anti war movement if we did have one.
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