State of Louisiana Archives: on War & Peace

Thomas Clements: Help prevent genocide abroad, but not with U.S. lives

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: We are no safer since 9/11/2001. Countries unable [to enforce their own] self defense in this world ask our country for help to prevent genocide--but that should not be at the cost of American lives.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

David Vitter: Iran advances their nuclear program while playing the US

Vitter said that while he believes the Obama administration could be preparing to sign a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, a legislative proposal that would demand congressional oversight of that agreement is misguided. Vitter said that Iran has been "playing us out and advancing their nuclear program in the meantime" during the recent negotiations. He noted that Iran has secured billions in sanctions relief throughout the duration of the talks.

Some lawmakers are pushing for Congress to hold a vote on any final nuclear deal reached with Iran despite the administration's assiduous efforts to leave Capitol Hill out of the process. However, the Senate would need 67 votes to overcome a likely presidential veto and bar Obama from ordering more congressional sanctions relief for Iran. That high threshold concerns Vitter. "Clearly the administration could benefit from something that puts the burden on us," he said.

Source: Free Beacon coverage of 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial race Mar 12, 2015

David Vitter: Iran nuclear deal is non-binding and can be revoked

Vitter was one of the signatories to an open letter sent by 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders. The missive suggested that a future president or Congress could revoke a nuclear deal and elicited sharp criticism from the administration and proponents of an agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry asserted in congressional testimony that a deal would not be "a legally binding plan," but insisted that such an agreement would not be subject to congressional review. Yet legal experts noted that due to the nonbinding and executive nature of a potential deal, a future administration could easily repeal it.

"The letter is completely fair and accurate in educating the Iranian leaders who presumably don't know the nuances of representative democracy," Vitter said. "They certainly don't act like they do," he added with a laugh.

Source: Free Beacon coverage of 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial race Mar 12, 2015

David Vitter: Military force against ISIS if Arab ground troops involved

Secretary of State John Kerry testified to Congress about the administration's proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to combat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The plan has no geographic limitations on where U.S. forces could battle IS, but it does contain a three-year sunset clause and a proscription of "enduring offensive ground operations."

Vitter said that he would support a new AUMF "if we get it right." While Vitter did not specifically address the administration's proposal, he said that any authorization should involve ground troops--primarily from regional Arab countries with U.S. training. "No one wants American boots on the ground to have to lead the way," he said. "But I think we need to recognize this is a serious war, and airstrikes alone aren't going to do it."

Source: Free Beacon coverage of 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial race Mar 12, 2015

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