State of Arizona Archives: on War & Peace


Richard Carmona: Whatever means necessary to prevent Iranian nukes

On defense, both agreed that the U.S. should take whatever means necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Source: The Hill on 2012 Arizona Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Richard Carmona: Consider all options in preventing Iranian nukes

The most pressing issue facing us is Iran. Iran is hostile to the US, Israel, and many others. It is a volatile & unstable regime that is bent on developing nuclear weapons and exerting its influence on other Middle Eastern countries that are in various states of instability and evolution after the initial "Arab Spring" uprising. To ensure America's security, we should consider all option in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, including taking all possible diplomatic steps to deter Iran.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

John McCain: Obama "an uncertain trumpet" for Afghan & Iraqi withdrawal

In his debates with Hayworth and Deakin, McCain called Obama "an uncertain trumpet" for promising to begin a withdrawal from Afghanistan by the middle of next year.

Some of McCain's former aides wish he would pick his shots more carefully. One former adviser, who also worked in the Bush administration, said that McCain has let his personal distaste for Obama get in the way of actually influencing the debate. "Certainly through the Bush administration, McCain was the most credible voice on the conduct and prosecution of the war," this adviser says. "We knew it would lead the news and people would believe him. If there's a missed opportunity with the Obama presidency, it's letting his personal feelings get in the way of trying to shape the policy. When he talked about Iraq or Afghanistan, we listened." This adviser added, "I think that in some ways he's sacrificed that to deliver messages that other people could deliver."

Source: Vanity Fair on 2010 Arizona Senate Republican Primary Debate Nov 1, 2010

Ann Kirkpatrick: Withdrawing from Iraq and focus on Bin Laden

I believe we must honor the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform by bringing them home as soon as responsibly possible, in consultation with the commanders on the ground.

It is time for the Iraqi government to start taking responsibility for their own country.

Withdrawing from Iraq will also allow us to better concentrate our resources where they can do the most good against Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist organizations, such as in Afghanistan.

Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com Nov 4, 2008

Jim Pederson: We’re going backwards in Iraq; time for end-game

Q: Mr. Pederson, your current ads are pretty strong that we need to get out. From day 1, would you be pushing to get out of Iraq?

PEDERSON: I didn’t say ‘get out’. We have a regional responsibility there. That region of the word, the entire Mideast, presents the biggest threat to the US of any locale in the world. This administration has a deer-in-the-headlights look when it comes to any end-game regarding our activities in Iraq, and Sen. Kyl has gone along with the administration every step of the way. The insurgents are gaining strength, and we’re actually going backwards in Iraq.

KYL: My opponent just said he did not say ‘get out’. In one of his ads he says ‘I won’t cut-and-run’. But he said on July 5, ‘Let’s just retreat to a safe and secure place.’ If he’s going to complain about the leadership in this war, imagine him saying that to Marines. That’s not leadership calculated to win. He’s got a plan to get out, but he doesn’t have a plan to win.

Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix Oct 15, 2006

Jon Kyl: Iraq is the central front in the war on terror

Q: Mr. Pederson, your current ads are pretty strong that we need to get out.

PEDERSON: I didn’t say ‘get out’. We have a regional responsibility there. This administration has a deer-in-the-headlights look when it comes to any end-game regarding our activities in Iraq, and Sen. Kyl has gone along with the administration every step of the way.

KYL: My opponent just said he did not say ‘get out’. In one of his ads he says ‘I won’t cut-and-run’. But he said on July 5, ‘Let’s just retreat to a safe and secure place.’ If he’s going to complain about the leadership in this war, imagine him saying that to Marines. That’s not leadership calculated to win. He’s got a plan to get out, but he doesn’t have a plan to win. We’re in a global war with terrorists. Most agree that Iraq is the central battle in that war. You can’t win the war if you bug out of the central battle. Iraq is a critical component to winning the war. This is deadly serious, and we need to win.

Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix Oct 15, 2006

George W. Bush: War on Terror is not about intelligence and law enforcement

KERRY: When Bush had an opportunity to capture or kill bin Laden, he took his focus off of him, outsourced the job to Afghan warlords and bin Laden escaped. Six months after he said bin Laden must be caught dead or alive this president was asked, where’s bin Laden? He said, “I don’t know. I don’t really think about very much. I’m not that concerned.” We need a president who stays deadly focused on the real war on terror.

BUSH: I don’t think I ever said I’m not worried about bin Laden. That’s kind of one of those exaggerations. Of course we’re worried about bin Laden. We’re on the hunt after bin Laden. We’re using every asset at our disposal to get bin Laden. Kerry said this war is a matter of intelligence and law enforcement. No, this is a war as a matter of using every asset at our disposal to keep the American people protected.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Focus on the real war on terror and find bin Laden

KERRY: When Bush had an opportunity to capture or kill bin Laden, he took his focus off of him, outsourced the job to Afghan warlords and bin Laden escaped. Six months after he said bin Laden must be caught dead or alive this president was asked, where’s bin Laden? He said, “I don’t know. I don’t really think about very much. I’m not that concerned.” We need a president who stays deadly focused on the real war on terror.

BUSH: I don’t think I ever said I’m not worried about bin Laden. That’s kind of one of those exaggerations. Of course we’re worried about bin Laden. We’re on the hunt after bin Laden. We’re using every asset at our disposal to get bin Laden. Kerry said this war is a matter of intelligence and law enforcement. No, this is a war as a matter of using every asset at our disposal to keep the American people protected.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Alan Keyes: Respond to facts, not Serb intentions

Q: You’ve said the scale of Serb atrocities in Kosovo was grossly overstated and that the US intervening was more dangerous than what happened inside the province itself. In light of new reports, do you still stand by your view?
A: If I understand the report, it confirms an intention. [We should not] in foreign policy to intentions. We’ve got to react to facts. And the facts as they have been established on the ground do not support all the reports that came out in the course of that war.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Gary Bauer: No vital US interests in Kosovo

Q: You opposed US military intervention in Kosovo on grounds that it was not in our vital interests. Do you still? A: The fundamental question [is]: Under what conditions does an American president put our sons and daughters in harm’s way? I think that there are many things happening in the world that we don’t like. But even a rich, powerful country like the US will be bled dry if we try to intervene every place where our hearts have been touched. Horrible things are happening in Kosovo, but they’re also happening in Indonesia and in many other places around the world. We can use leverage with trade, we can use leverage with our foreign aid but at a time when we have gutted the American military, it is foolish and imprudent to be sending our men everywhere when the national security of the US is not at stake.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

John McCain: Kosovo an example of feckless photo-op foreign policy

This administration is poll driven and not principle driven. We didn’t have to get into Kosovo. Once we stumbled into it, we had to win it. And this administration has conducted a feckless photo-op foreign policy for which we will pay a very heavy price in American blood and treasure. You have to have a concept of what you want the world to look like. Our interests and our values lie in how we are going to bring this world into the next century and call it, again, the American century.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Steve Forbes: Arming intended victims would have avoided Bosnia & Kosovo

In Bosnia we didn’t have to put ground forces there. This is not hindsight. I wrote about it in the early 90’s, that if we had real diplomacy, we could have avoided that disaster by making clear to Milosevic that his intended victims would have the means to defend themselves. That would have solved that crisis without putting our people there. When finally the Croats and the Bosnian Muslims got arms in ‘94 & ‘95, lo & behold, the aggressors were thrown out. We could have done the same thing in Kosovo.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

John McCain: Fighting was based on polls and photo-ops

“This administration has conducted a feckless, photo-op policy with no concept of what they want the world to look like,” said McCain. He said President Clinton “stumbled” into the fighting there and conducted his policy in an “immoral fashion” by making decisions based on voter polls. “ I won’t take a poll,” said McCain, “I will act in America’s best interest,” he said.
Source: CNN.com, “GOP Arizona Debates” Nov 22, 1999

  • The above quotations are from State of Arizona Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on War & Peace.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2016 Presidential contenders on War & Peace:
  Democrats:
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)

Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
2016 Third Party Candidates:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Mar 28, 2014