State of Kansas Archives: on War & Peace


Conner Eldridge: Opposes Obama's Iran nuclear deal; needs more verification

Senate Democratic hopeful Conner Eldridge is distancing himself from President Barack Obama on a key foreign policy issue, opposing the Iran nuclear deal backed by the White House.

Eldridge said he opposes the agreement, which aims to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international economic sanctions: "I think the Iran deal is a bad deal for our country," Eldridge told The Associated Press. "Reaching this deal enables $100 billion or more to go to the largest state sponsor of terrorism. That's just not a good deal in my opinion."

Boozman and the other members of the state's all-GOP congressional delegation have criticized the deal. Eldridge said he didn't think the deal's verification measures are strong enough, and said he doesn't think the U.S. should negotiate the agreement without discussing Americans imprisoned in Iran.

Source: Associated Press on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Sep 10, 2015

Bruce Westerman: No way we can accept a nuclear Iran

There is no denying Iran's nuclear ambitions or its former president's declaration that Israel should be wiped off the map. At the same time Iran was negotiating the Joint Plan of Action in Geneva last November, Iranian technicians were visiting North Korea as part of a joint-development program for an ICBM-like launcher.

There is no way Israel or the United States can accept a nuclear Iran. It would pose an immediate threat to Israel and all Americans in the region. It will also allow Iran's surrogate groups a new weapon with which to terrorize the world. We must stand steadfast in opposition to Iranian nuclear capability; furthermore, we must ensure Iran is prevented from even having the capacity to make such a weapon. No final agreement with Iran should allow it to maintain any sort of uranium enrichment capacity (including centrifuges) or heavy water reactor, and must require a stringent inspection regime.

Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, BruceWesterman.com Oct 10, 2014

Randall Batson: Strongly supports staying out of Iran

Q: Do you support or oppose staying out of Iran?

A: Strongly Support.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Chad Taylor: Sanctions on Iran are working; no further military action

Q: What is your position on US sanctions or further military action in Iran?

A: Our foreign policy needs to be strong and firm. The first priority is safety and security, and that follows from being consistent and firm. The US cannot waffle back and forth.

Q: What does that mean specifically for Iran?

A: We should keep the current stringent sanctions because they appear to be working. Further military action is not currently needed.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Chad Taylor: Air patrols on Syria ok; no deeper involvement

Q: What is your position on US sanctions or further military action in Syria?

A: As with Iran, our Syria policy is that the US needs to be consistent and firm. Getting involved in the Syria situation has not proven to provide any dividends. Any deeper US involvement would constitute an act of war. Patrolling by air, as we currently do, is ok; the current sanctions are ok; but consistency is the most important policy.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Mark Swaney: Iraq war was a waste, based on a lie

The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, wants to tell voters why he is running for office. Swaney said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents.

Swaney wants voters to know he thinks the Iraq war unnecessarily took the lives of many U.S. soldiers and cost the country trillions of dollars. "It did nothing to help Iraq or preserve our national security," Swaney said. "It was a war that was a waste, it was based on a lie and, as far as I'm concerned, those who served in the war served honorably and well. I have no problem with people who served in the war, but those who ordered the war and those who pushed us into that war are guilty or perpetrating a national disgrace. When I'm in office, I will do as much as I can to promote peaceful foreign policies."

Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Tom Cotton: Jihadists attack us for who we are

Q: There have been some calls for more ethnic profiling. Is there cooperation in the Muslim community?

Former NYC Mayor RUDY GIULIANI: You have to go where the evidence takes you. Profiling is perfectly legal and perfectly legitimate if you're following objective evidence. Unfortunately, a significant number of these attacks come about from this distorted Islamic extremist ideology. So you can't ignore it. You've got to go after it.

REP. TOM COTTON: The mayor makes the core point: that jihadists around the world don't attack us for the actions we take, they attack us for who we are. We are freedom's home, and we are freedom's defender. It didn't take Guantanamo Bay, it didn't take drones, to knock down those towers on 9-11. If we grounded every drone, if we close Guantanamo Bay, they'd find another pretext to attack us.

Source: Meet the Press 2013 interview on 2014 Arkansas Senate race May 5, 2013

Tom Cotton: Iraq War was just and noble

Q: What do you feel, in retrospect, about the Iraq War?

COTTON: The Iraq war wasn't just a noble war. I joined the army after 9/11, after the Iraq war was started. I joined in part because I wanted to go fight on the front lines. After the surge, I felt that we succeeded. And we have a generation of veterans whose accomplishments in Iraq we should celebrate; and now who are going to be leaders all around the country. We're going to make America a better place.

Q: Was it worth it to the lives that were lost there? Was it worth it with the trillions of dollars that we've spent there?

COTTON: I would say it was worth it, but it was also a little bit too soon to tell because there's nothing ever certain in human affairs. But if you look at the accomplishment of our troops in Iraq, they deposed an evil tyrant who was an aggressive international dictator. He had demonstrated the ability and the will to use weapons of mass destruction. Under those conditions, it was a just and noble war.

Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Mar 17, 2013

Joe Bellis: Withdraw US troops from Iraq & Afghanistan

Q:Do you support US military action in Afghanistan?

A: No.

Q: Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?

A: No.

Q: Should the US support the creation of a Palestinian state?

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support US involvement in free trade agreements?

A: Yes.

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Source: Kansas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Lisa Johnston: We have spent gigantic amounts of US taxpayer money in Iraq

If the security of our nation is threatened, we must be willing to respond with decisive military action to protect our citizens. We must be sure that the military strategy is appropriate for the particular threat. We must also place a priority on minimizing the amount of time our troops are in harm's way and minimizing our spending on such actions. We should not continue to spend our nation's money if the country involved has the financial resources to fund stabilization efforts as has been the case in Iraq for many years. We have spent gigantic amounts of U.S. taxpayer money while the Iraqi government had ample budget surpluses of billions of dollars. If we jeopardize our economy by spending more money than necessary on military action, we create a threat to the stability of our own nation.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, lisaforkansas.com, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Jim Slattery: Roberts delayed prewar intelligence to justify war in Iraq

Slattery accused Roberts of using his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee to protect the Bush administration from political embarrassment. Slattery says Roberts intentionally delayed a review of how the president and his allies used prewar intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. “Many Kansans,” he said, “do not even know that Senator Roberts was chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the lead-up to the war in Iraq and that he blocked investigations to determine who was responsible.

Roberts said Slattery’s charges are inaccurate: “Since it’s not accurate and he knows it, it’s not responsible.”

Experts in national defense and foreign policy think Slattery makes a valid point, although they question a second charge that Roberts failed to inform the American people prior to the war in 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate reported in the Kansas City Star Oct 22, 2008

Pat Roberts: I led exposure of pre-Iraq war intelligence failures

Slattery says Roberts intentionally delayed a review of how the president and his allies used prewar intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. Experts in national defense and foreign policy think Slattery makes a valid point, although they question a second charge that Roberts failed to inform the American people prior to the war in 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Roberts stands by the committee’s work and its reforms of the intelligence network. “We had an egregious intelligence failure in the United States, and it was worldwide... and the reason now that my opponent even knows that there was bad intelligence and America knows it and everybody knows it... was because of the work that I led,” he said.

Roberts’ panel finished its work in June, long after interest faded and even 18 months after Democrats seized control of the Senate. Many think the committee dragged its feet.

Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate reported in the Kansas City Star Oct 22, 2008

Jim Slattery: Roberts should have known Iraq intelligence was inaccurate

As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Slattery believes Roberts should have known the intelligence used to invade Iraq was wrong. Roberts countered that the whole world believed the intelligence was accurate, and that once that was deemed not to be the case, his committee let the truth be known.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate debate reported on KSN News Sep 6, 2008

Pat Roberts: Whole world believed Iraq intelligence was accurate

As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Slattery believes Roberts should have known the intelligence used to invade Iraq was wrong. Roberts countered that the whole world believed the intelligence was accurate, and that once that was deemed not to be the case, his committee let the truth be known.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate debate reported on KSN News Sep 6, 2008

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