State of Idaho Archives: on War & Peace

Chris Smith: U.S. is not kidding about human rights in Hong Kong & China

China reacted furiously to President Trump's signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the US will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the people of Hong Kong & China oppose the move.

Congress approved the bills last week following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. China's foreign ministry called the laws a "naked hegemonic action" that seriously interfered in Hong Kong & China's internal affairs, violated international law and "fundamental norms of international relations."

Democratic & Republican lawmakers applauded the signing of the bills. Rep. Chris Smith, who sponsored the House human rights bill, said Xi "should understand that the US is not kidding about human rights. Beating, torturing and jailing of democracy activists is wrong and this historic legislation lets China know that respecting fundamental human rights is paramount."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Congressional NJ-4 election Nov 27, 2019

Nels Mitchell: Don't concentrate on Syria at the expense of home

I won't use budget blackmail to harm Mountain Home Air Force Base or the INL, and I won't concentrate on Syria and Kazakhstan at the expense of Kootenai or Canyon County.
Source: 2014 Idaho Senate campaign website, Jan 15, 2014

Tom Sullivan: Withdraw from Iraq; carry on in Pakistan

Q: Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?

A: Yes.

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

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