As Libertarians, we believe that the only legitimate purpose of government is to protect its citizens from coercion and violence. Defending citizenry from external aggression can only be accomplished by maintaining a sufficient military for defensive purposes. This is clearly defined in Section 3.1 of the National Libertarian Party Platform:
“We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. We oppose any form of compulsory national service.”
Libertarians often voice our disapproval of specific entanglements and the appropriateness of intervention in affairs that pose no imminent threat to the United States. These interventions often unnecessarily put our servicemembers in a position where they are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Current servicemembers and veterans have our respect and gratitude for their commitment to protecting our liberties.
The recent remarks a member of the Libertarian National Committee made on his personal Facebook page do not represent the values of the Libertarian Party of Iowa. Veterans are an integral part of our state party and are deeply valued and respected. There is no way we would have become a recognized party last year without their support and will continue to need their support for us to maintain it. We ask that veterans please understand the comments of one member of the Libertarian National Committee do not reflect the opinions of the Libertarian Party of Iowa. While we may disagree with the foreign policy of our government we recognize the overwhelming majority of service members join the military with the best intentions; to uphold and defend the Constitution, and defend the principles of liberty.
The Libertarian Party of Iowa State Central Committee