State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on War & Peace

Bob Walsh: Avoid foreign entanglements

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: Strongly support

Source: OnTheIssues interview for 2020 New Mexico race May 1, 2020

Gavin Clarkson: Get out of Afghanistan; stay out of Syria

Q: What do you propose the U.S. do with regards to Syria?

A: President Trump seems to have the right instincts here. We need to enforce international norms and keep beating back ISIS, but we need to stay out of this civil war, which has become a regional quagmire for Iran and Russia. Let them sink their blood and treasure into it.

Q: In Afghanistan?

A: Get out. Restoring constitutional checks and balances means Congress must reassert its exclusive powers over the extended deployment of our armed services. Congress should debate our continued presence in Afghanistan, which was supposed to have ended under the last administration.

Source: Connection: 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Gavin Clarkson: Need evidence & Congressional approval to trike North Korea

Q: If talks fail, would you support a pre-emptive strike on North Korea to degrade its nuclear capabilities and missile delivery systems?

A: Only if there is incontrovertible evidence that an attack on the United States is imminent. The President should be able to make that call if it is a matter of urgent necessity, but otherwise the Constitutions clearly entrusts the war power to Congress.

Source: Connection: 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Steve Pearce: Supports moving forward in Afghanistan

It is clear tonight that President Trump took the time to confer with his military leaders to establish a pathway forward in Afghanistan, and understands the weight that these military decisions carry. In the coming days and weeks, I look forward to seeing greater detail from the Administration about how our military plans on completing its mission in Afghanistan. If we are to risk more American lives, the President must be steadfast in his resolve to complete the mission, and win.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial website Aug 22, 2017

Allen Weh: Nuclear Iran is unacceptable to Israel and US

The Middle East is home to the very worst of America's enemies. Those same enemies are also Israel's enemies. Therefore, it is in America's national security interests to do whatever is needed to help Israel protect its sovereignty and its citizens. In the execution of this policy, we should stand fully behind Israel's right to defend itself against its enemies. This should include their being able to take preemptive military actions against known and pending attacks against their nation. In this regard, the US should ensure that fully functional US-Israeli defense cooperation is maintained, and that the Israeli Defense Force is afforded access to the latest American weapons systems and other defense capabilities.

The continuous aggression of Iran toward Israel and the US, as well as its moderate Sunni Muslim neighbors, should not be tolerated. Moreover, allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons is unacceptable.

Source: 2014 New Mexico Senate campaign website, Sep 1, 2014

Tom Udall: Chemical weapons are despicable, but avoid Syrian civil war

Q: Have you changed your mind on Syria?

UDALL: No, I haven't changed my mind. The most important thing here is that what Bashar al-Assad did was a heinous act. It's despicable--women and children dying as a result of chemical weapons. And I think it's pretty clear that he did this. But the big question for the Congress right now is what is the most effective way to move forward. And I think the American people don't want to be embroiled in a Middle Eastern civil war. This is an act of war that we're going to take. We haven't exhausted all of our political, economic, and diplomatic alternatives. We ought to be rallying the world. All the world agrees, you shouldn't use chemical weapons.

Q: The world has not been rallied. Are you not concerned about inaction?

UDALL: I don't think we have inaction. We're doing more than any other country in the region. We have moved effectively there to provide defenses to our allies. We're rallying the international community in terms of humanitarian aid.

Source: Meet the Press 2013 on 2014 New Mexico Senate race Sep 8, 2013

Bob Graham: We must support US troops in Iraq

Q: The administration is expected to ask the Congress for $80 billion to continue the mission in Iraq. Will you support that spending?

GRAHAM: Yes. I believe that we have courageous men and women on the ground who are putting their lives at risk. We have an obligation to support those troops. The president has an obligation to speak candidly to the American people, to answer the questions that have not been answered such as:

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Bob Graham: Iraq is wrong war & wrong enemy: focus on terror instead

I voted against the resolution to go to war in Iraq for a somewhat different reason than Governor Dean. I voted against it because I thought it was the wrong war against the wrong enemy, which represented the lesser threat to the people of the US. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I concluded that the greatest threat to the people of the US [were] Al Qaida, Hezbollah and the other international terrorists who have demonstrated the will and the capability to kill Americans.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Bob Graham: Must rebuild alliances to extricate US from Iraq

Today, the question is one of how do we extricate ourselves from Iraq, and I believe the first step in that extrication is going to be to rebuild relations with our key allies. Itís not just Iraq. Itís the Kyoto treaty. Itís the ABM agreement. It is agreement after agreement, which were critical to the maintenance of the victory of the Cold War and now to environmental sanity that this president has rejected. No wonder we have so much trouble getting support when we need it.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Carol Moseley-Braun: Need to exit Iraq & focus on bin Laden

Let me mention a name that probably nobody has heard in a long time. And thatís Osama bin Laden--ďbin missing.Ē We havenít been looking for him because we got off on the wrong track. And we got on the wrong track in large part because the Constitution calls on the Congress to declare war. That didnít happen in this case. And the resolution allowed this president to go off hell-bent for leather on this misadventure.

However, Americans donít cut and run. We have to support our troops in the field. So we are in a position now in which this administration has frittered away the goodwill of the international community, failed to go after Al Qaida and bin Laden, and left our troops in the field without the resources they need.

So I welcome the international community. I hope that it will allow us to extricate ourselves with honor but continue a viable war on terrorism that gets bin Laden and his pals and all the people who would do harm to the American people.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dennis Kucinich: End Bushís blunder: Bring US troops home & bring UN in

Q: Should we expect the rest of the world to come to the aid of the US in Iraq?

KUCINICH: It is time to bring the troops home, it is time to bring the UN in and get the US out. The United States can move away from Bushís blunder, which Iraq will be known as, because there was no reason to go war with Iraq in the first place. And everyone who took the responsibility on this stage has to answer to the American people for voting for that war. I led the effort against it.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dick Gephardt: We canít cut and run in Iraq - but use UN

Q: What is the next step for the US in Iraq?

GEPHARDT: We cannot cut and run. Weíve got to see that this situation is left in a better place. We have to form an international coalition to get it done. This president is a miserable failure. This president doesnít get it. Heís a unilateralist. He thinks he knows all the answers. He doesnít respect others. You got to respect other leaders. They didnít agree with us. You got to work with them, put together the coalitions that we need. Thatís what I would do.

Q: But you said we canít pull out now. So do we send more troops, or do we keep the ones that we have there?

GEPHARDT: No, we get help, we get the help that we should have gotten from the beginning. We go to the Turks, to the Chinese, the Russians, the French, the Germans and we work out a resolution consistent with all the traditions of the American military. Weíre not going to turn our troops over to UN command. Weíve done this in Bosnia and Afghanistan, we can do this.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Iraq: Admit we humiliated our allies and get UN help

Q: What do you think of the US trying to get help from the UN to internationalize the mission in Iraq?

DEAN: I believed from the beginning that we should not go into Iraq without the UN as our partner. We cannot do this by ourselves. We have to have a reconstruction of Iraq with the United Nations, with NATO, and preferably with Muslim troops, particularly Arabic-speaking troops from our allies such as Egypt and Morocco.

We cannot have American troops serving under UN command. We have never done that before. But we can have American troops serving under American command, and itís very clear to me that in order to get the UN and NATO into Iraq, this president is going to have to go back to the very people he humiliated, our allies, on the way into Iraq, and hope that that they will now agree with us that we need their help there. We were wrong to go in without the United Nations, now we need their help, and thatís not a surprise.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Iraq: Bush lied about al Qaeda, about nukes, and about WMDs

I supported the first war in Iraq because one of our allies was invaded, and we had a responsibility to defend them. I supported the war in Afghanistan; 3,000 of our people were murdered. I thought we had a right to defend the US.

But in the case of Iraq, the president told us that Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein were about to make a deal. The president told us that Iraq was buying uranium from Africa. That wasnít true. They told us that the Iraqis were about to get atomic weapons. That turned out not to be true. They told us they knew exactly where the weapons of mass destruction were, right around Tikrit and Baghdad. That turned out to be false as well.

As commander in chief of the US military, I will never hesitate to send troops anywhere in the world to defend the US. But I will never send our sons and daughters to a foreign country in harmís way without telling the truth to the American people about why theyíre going there. And that judgment needs to be made first, not afterwards.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Bring US troops home

Q: We are spending more than $4 billion a month in Iraq. Do we send more troops?

DEAN: We need more troops. But theyíre going to be foreign troops, as they should have been in the first place, not American troops. Ours need to come home.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Edwards: Problems in Iraq are because Bush has not led

Q: The administration is expected to ask the Congress for $80 billion to continue the mission in Iraq. Will you support that spending?

EDWARDS: The administration needs to say to the Congress and to the American people what this war is going to cost over the long term; how long they think weíre going to be there. The reason we are in this situation is because this president has not led. He has not addressed the problem of bringing in others. He has not gone to the UN in the way that he should have.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Kerry: Donít miss 3rd opportunity in Iraq to bring in UN

Q: You voted for, and were a very strong supporter of going to war with Iraq. Going back to the UN, after we basically told the UN that it was irrelevant, what does that do to our standing in the world?

KERRY: It will raise our standing in the world to behave as we ought to, which is to work with other nations. This is the third opportunity of the president to try to get it right.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Kerry: Donít send more US troops to Iraq-share power & share burden

Q: Would you send more troops to Iraq?

We should not send more American troops. That would be the worst thing. We do not want to have more Americanization. We do not want a greater sense of American occupation. We need to minimize that. And the way to do that is do everything possible, including sharing the power, to bring other countries in to take the burden.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Not an inch of difference from Bush on Iraq

Q: You said in the past that there is not an inch of difference between President Bush and yourself in the war against Iraq. Still?

LIEBERMAN: That statement was made as we were about to go to war. It expressed the best traditions and values of the US, which is when American men and women in uniform go into battle, thereís not an inch of space between any of us on that question.

Look, long before George Bush became president, I reached a conclusion that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the US and to the world, and particularly to his own people who he was brutally suppressing. I believe that the war against Saddam was right, and that the world is safer with him gone. I said last fall and then again a month before the war, ďMr. President, hereís what you have to do to get ready to secure post-Saddam Iraq.Ē No planning was done by this administration. I believe itís because this administration divided within itself, and the president as commander in chief has not brought it together.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Purpose of war is to let Iraqis control Iraq

As president, I would have gone to NATO and the UN and asked them to join us in securing and rebuilding Iraq. I would have brought the Iraqis in, to control of the country. I didnít support the war against Saddam Hussein so we could control Iraq. Quite the contrary. I supported it so we could get rid of Saddam and let the Iraqis control Iraq. So I would negotiate whatever resolution at the UN will draw our allies with us into keeping the peace and rebuilding the country.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Send more US troops to Iraq, with UN force

Q: You would send more troops to Iraq?

LIEBERMAN: I would send more troops, because the troops that are there need that protection. And we need some of the specialized services that will help the Iraqis gain control of their country, and mean that sooner American troops could come home. Obviously, Americans have to control an international force. But a year ago I called for an international force.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Iraq was a heroic struggle against enemies of civilization

You know what I would say to the parents of Americans who are serving in Iraq? Your sons and daughters are serving in a heroic and historic cause. They have thrown over Saddam Hussein, liberated a people and protected America and the rest of the world from a dangerous dictator. They are now involved in a critical battle in the war on terrorism. These are enemies of civilization, and if we donít get together and defeat them now, shame on us.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

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