Bill Weld on War & Peace

Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor


Supports non-nuclear proliferation efforts

On the 2016 campaign trail, Weld called nuclear proliferation "the number one threat to the security of the world." Weld is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and, has called for the U.S. to form closer ties with Mexico and Canada in order to address security and economic challenges.
Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 15, 2019

Don't use military for regime change

In fairness to young adults in the military, they should not be asked to risk their lives in order to engineer regime changes in foreign countries at the whim of the US government, in the absence of any substantial threat to the United States.
Source: Speech in New Hampshire by 2020 presidential hopefuls , Feb 15, 2019

Supports libertarian "restraint" on military action

Weld has always been fiscally conservative and socially liberal, he says: "I've self-identified as a small-l libertarian since I was in law school." On military matters, he was once a typical GOP hawk, but events in Iraq, Libya, and Syria have made him reconsider and he now supports Johnson's more "restrained" posture.
Source: Molly Ball in The Atlantic: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Oct 3, 2016

Presumption of non-intervention on foreign soil

In terms of relations with other countries, Gary and I are inclined towards a presumption of non-intervention restraint where U. S. boots on the ground or blood on foreign soil is concerned. I think we've all seen in recent years that actions to induce regime change can have unseen costs and they're moral as well as economic, and rippling and unintended consequences, both the Middle East and North Africa are examples. At the same time, we believe strongly that an invincible defense is a bedrock responsibility of the U. S. government which requires that America maintain and demonstrate the most powerful military in the world including air supremacy and naval supremacy. Notably, we are the only candidates on the ballot this year who believe in free international trade in goods and services, again, guided by the rule of law.
Source: Johnson-Weld interview at National Press Club , Jul 7, 2016

Don't intervene abroad when people are mean to each other

I was a little surprised this week to see 51 State Department diplomats say we want to bomb to force regime change in Syria. "Regime change?" I say to myself, "that sounds familiar." It takes a lot of boots on the ground to effectuate regime change, if you want to make sure it sticks. [So we are] a pair of skeptics when people say we should intervene on the ground because these people are being mean to each other and we can't stand that. That's not going to sell as a matter of first impressions.
Source: CNN Libertarian Town Hall: joint interview of Johnson & Weld , Jun 22, 2016

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