State of California Archives: on Foreign Policy


Kamala Harris: The way to keep us safe is NOT to keep outsiders out

Accept Syrian refugees? The desire for a middle ground was evident in interviews with some California candidates for the 2016 U.S. Senate contest.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said in an interview that she opposed the GOP measure because it set up an "untenable" system. Beyond the current 18-to-24 month vetting process, it would have required top federal officials to certify that individual refugees pose no threat. She recalled a heart-rending photo of a drowned Syrian toddler, part of a refugee family torn apart while trying to escape: "We can't allow the images of the tragedy of what happened in Paris to blind us to the image of a 3-year-old child who washed up on a Mediterranean beach." She said, "There is a drum beating, that the way to keep us safe is to keep outsiders out. That scares me. Ask native Americans: We are a country of immigrants." But, she added, "there's no question that we have to be vigilant."

Source: LA Times, "Syrian Refugees?" on 2016 California Senate race Nov 22, 2015

Kamala Harris: Distinguish Islamic religion from terrorism

Harris touched upon foreign policy during her speech to a gathering of Democrats. Her remarks also covered foreign policy, as she noted "that we do live in a dangerous world."

Foreign policy has become an unusually prominent issue heading into the 2016 election cycle. President Obama has made a strong effort to avoid labeling the terrorism carried out in the name of religion "radical Islam." When asked for her take on that, Harris echoed President Obama saying "there are extremists who are using religion as a cloak to commit terror and terrorist acts. And I think it would be a mistake for any of us to mistake the religion for the terrorists. They can be distinguished. And they should be in our language as well as our policy approach."

She prefaced her remarks by pointing out the need to talk about Israel "because it is our strongest ally in the Middle East. And so we have to take that seriously and be guided by that reality, as it relates to issues that impact the Middle East."

Source: Breitbart News on 2016 California Senate race May 18, 2015

Mimi Walters: US directly benefits from military aid to Israel

Military aid to Israel is the most tangible expression of support for the Jewish State, and I stand firmly behind the 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides Israel with aid necessary to defend herself from increasing threats in the region. As a member of congress, I will support aid to Israel by voting in favor of the overall foreign aid bill. This is a cost-effective tool that enables both America and Israel to remain safe and secure. I would also support separate measures aimed at supporting Israel in the development and procurement of systems such as the Iron Dome rocket defense shield, Arrow Weapon System, and David's Sling. These are real solutions to real problems.

The United States directly benefits from this military aid, creating higher paying jobs in the United States while keeping us safer with more advanced defense technology developed by the Israeli's.

Source: 2014 California House campaign website, MimiWalters.com Oct 10, 2014

Gloria La Riva: Close all US bases abroad; and exit all war zones

Q: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?

No.

Q: Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?

No.

Q: Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?

No.

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

No.

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

No.

Q: Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?

Yes.

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

No.

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

Yes.

Q: Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?

No.

La Riva adds, "I believe all U.S. bases outside of the country should be closed immediately."

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Bill Jones: UN has not acted decisively during major conflicts

The US should remain in control of its own foreign policy and its own national defense needs. Too often the UN has not acted decisively during major international conflicts. I have concerns that the UN the US pushed to create in San Francisco in 1945 bears little resemblance to UN of today, where a rogue nation like Syria can chair the Security Council and a terrorist nation like Libya can chair the Human Rights Commission.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com “Issues” May 2, 2004

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