Peace and Freedom: Foreign Policy for a Constitutional by Ted Galen Carpenter

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Not surprisingly, they are on opposite sides in the current civil war. The Taliban draws the bulk of its support from the Pushtuns (the largest bloc) while the rival Northern Alliance gets most of its strength from the Tajiks and Uzbeks. Washington apparently hopes for an effort under the auspices of the United Nations to form a broad coalition government to replace the Taliban. Reports have surfaced of negotiations to broaden the Northern Alliance by bringing in non-Taliban Pushtun political leaders.

Of course, all that could change if bin Laden’s political agents seize control of the OPEC oil kingdoms. After all, their brand of Islam leaves no room for corrupting agents such as money or economic prosperity. So if there’s a case for turning the other cheek when it comes to the Saudis, it’s that any regime replacing the House of Saud would probably be worse than the one we’re dealing with now. But cozying up to dictators who don’t have the support of their own people is penny-wise and pound-foolish.

Government’s moral obligation to its own citizens. The United States is a constitutional republic based on the principle of limited government. The lives, freedoms and financial resources of the American people are not rightfully available for whatever missions suit the whims of political leaders. The federal government has a constitutional and moral responsibility to protect the security and liberty of the Republic.

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