State of Kentucky Archives: on War & Peace


Alison Grimes: Israel has the right to defend herself

As foreign policy inches its way into a debate that has largely focused on the economy, Grimes was asked about congressional efforts to aid Israel's missile defense system, known as the Iron Dome.

"Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself," Grimes said. "But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.

"My hope is that a cease-fire can be structured. Ultimately, I think the long-term solution though is not one we can impose. It has to come from within. It's a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine."

[OnTheIssues note: Iron Dome is an anti-missile system, not an anti-tunnel system.]

Source: Herald-Leader on 2014 Kentucky Senate race Jul 29, 2014

Alison Grimes: Don't send US troops back to Iraq; but support role ok

Today, Alison Lundergan Grimes released the following statement on the situation in Iraq:

"This is a very dangerous and concerning development in Iraq, and I will continue to monitor reports and evaluate new information as it develops in the coming days. Ultimately, this fight is up to the people of Iraq. I would not support the United States reintroducing troops in Iraq. The United States should continue to play a supportive role by providing useful intelligence."

Source: 2014 Kentucky Senate campaign website, AlisonForKentucky.com Jun 13, 2014

Steve Beshear: Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free

In the last ten years, our nation has continued to fight the war on terrorism at home and around the world. These men and women volunteer to protect our freedoms and willingly put themselves in dangerous circumstances because they believe in something bigger than themselves. They truly deserve not only our utmost respect, but also our everlasting gratitude.
Source: 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial press release Sep 8, 2011

Chuck Pennacchio: Shred Bush’s preemptive war doctrine

As an American historian, Cold War specialist, and national security expert, I will shred the Bush preemptive war doctrine as illogical, reckless, and feckless. Its application in Iraq alone is a devastating indictment of the neoconservative, corporatist approach that destroys America’s moral leadership, America’s economic interests, American lives, American trade, and American goodwill.
Source: Interview with Kentucky Democrat Blog Jan 24, 2005

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