Irvine, CA–In response to the kidnapping of an American soldier in Iraq, U.S. forces imposed a blockade around Sadr City. Five days later, with the solider still missing, the United States ended the blockade at the behest of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. “President Bush has mocked the idea that military decisions should be made by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., yet he is now allowing them to be made by bureaucrats in Iraq,” said Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. “This is disgraceful.” “Yet this is perfectly consistent with Bush’s Iraq policy, which aims, not to defend U.S. interests, but to sacrifice American wealth, security, and lives in service of Iraqis. So long as the welfare of Iraqis is paramount, there are no grounds for asserting our right to direct our soldiers as we see fit.

“We must reject President Bush’s suicidal policy and embrace a foreign policy aimed solely at protecting the interests of the United States.”

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