Gary Johnson on AfghanistanGARY JOHNSON: Afghanistan. I would withdraw from Afghanistan immediately. When we… initially I thought was warranted. We were attacked, we attacked back. But after having been in Afghanistan in six months, I think we wiped out Al-Qaeda – that was ten years ago. So we’re building road, schools, bridges, highways and hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan and other parts of the world, and don’t we have those same needs?
28 December, 2011: Gary Johnson speaking at the Concord Rotary Club in Concord, New Hampshire
GARY JOHNSON: I’m going to be the only candidate that does not want to bomb Iran. I’m going to be the only candidate who wants to get out of Afghanistan now, bring the troops home. Stop our military interventions. I am outraged, outraged by politicians that beat their chest against the terrorist threat and that comes at a cost of tens of thousands of innocent people being killed in foreign countries and it results in our men and service women coming back in body bags or with their limbs blown off. This has to stop, and it has to stop now!
28 August, 2012: Gary Johnson speaking at the Ron Paul Festival held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida
GARY JOHNSON: I would get out. I would get out of Afghanistan immediately. I think that initially, that it was totally warranted. We were attacked, we attacked back. But I think that having been in Afghanistan for six months, we wiped out Al Qaida. And that was 11 years ago. I’m thinking we should extricate ourselves from the conflicts we’re currently engaged in. I was opposed to Iraq also before we went in. When Obama announced the very highly publicized, “Hey, I’m going to take a look at Afghanistan for the next four weeks,” or whatever it was, I thought, “Man, we’re out of Afghanistan,” and he ended up doubling down.
23 February, 2011: Johnson in an interview with Tom Jackson, Sandusky Register
“We got Osama bin Laden. Let’s get out of Afghanistan.”
5 May, 2011: Johnson speaking at a tea party rally in Greenville, South Carolina
GARY JOHNSON: Well, initially, Afghanistan was totally warranted. We were attacked. We attacked back. That's what our military is for. We should remain vigilant to the terrorist threat. But after being in Afghanistan for six months I think we effectively wiped out al Qaeda. And here it is, we are there 10 years later. We're building roads, schools, bridges, highways and hospitals and borrowing 43 cents out of every dollar to do that.”
27 May, 2011: Gov. Johnson on Fox News’ Hannity
“Get out tomorrow… We should have gotten out of Afghanistan 11 years ago. Eleven years ago! Romney is saying we should stay in Afghanistan until the mission is accomplished. What does that mean?”
4 April, 2012: Gary Johnson, the anti-war 2012 candidate, Politico