State of Maine Archives: on War & Peace


Charlie Summers: Iraq & Afghanistan have taken a turn for the positive

Quote: "We're never going to have a democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan like we think of here in the United States, but we can afford them the ability to feed their family, to have an income and to live in relative security." Believes the U.S. effort in both Iraq and Afghanistan have "taken a turn for the positive," in terms of reconstruction.
Source: Public Broadcasting "Your Vote 2012" Maine Senate debate Sep 1, 2012

Cynthia Dill: Afghanistan is not as irresponsible as was Iraq

Should not have gone to Iraq, a war based on a false premise of weapons of mass destruction. Afghanistan is a home to terrorists, and while U.S. troops should be sent home soon, our engagement in Afghanistan is "not as irresponsible" as it was in Iraq.
Source: Public Broadcasting "Your Vote 2012" Maine Senate debate Sep 1, 2012

Matt Dunlap: Iraq war was poorly thought out and enormously expensive

Thinks Iraq war was "poorly thought out" and "enormously expensive," and believes we went there on a false premise. Thinks the Taliban's support for al Qaeda justified our response in Afghanistan, but believes the war is unsustainable at this point.
Source: Public Broadcasting "Your Vote 2012" Maine Senate debate Sep 1, 2012

Scott D`Amboise: Time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan

Doesn't believe that the U.S. should "police" the world, and that Congress has wrongly abdicated its authority to the president in sending troops into harm's way. Quote: "We're not going to win Afghanistan, there's nothing we can do anymore over there. It's time to bring our troops home."
Source: Public Broadcasting "Your Vote 2012" Maine Senate debate Sep 1, 2012

Matt Dunlap: We cannot stand by while Syria slaughters its citizens

slaughtered by their governments," Dunlap said.

Hinck said he also would be reluctant to commit troops abroad. "I think we've overextended. We've hurt our economy and we are not achieving the objectives" of current military operations.

Pollard said he would support providing arms to Syrian rebels, and also would consider airstrikes.

"I do believe we have a respond as the world only superpower to keep the peace in the world," he said. All four said they would work to reduce the nation's debt.

Dill said she would focus on military spending and regulation of Wall Street financial firms that helped cause the recession. "We had, basically, people looting our economy who haven't been held responsible," she said.

Dunlap said he would look at the Bush tax cuts, adding, "The deficit problems we have today are rooted in the growing inequality in the tax code."

Hinck said it will take both spending cuts and tax increases, but debt

Source: KJ Online coverage of 2012 Maine Senate debate Apr 1, 2012

Charlie Summers: Keep troop levels high in Iraq until "peace surge"

Q: Discuss your proposals for Iraq?

A: There are three things we should be doing in Iraq. First, we must ensure that troop levels remain roughly where they are for the next 12-18 months to continue to help provide security and to continue training the Iraqi Security Forces. Second, during that same time period, we need to redouble our diplomatic efforts and expand the current coalition of nations supporting actions in Iraq to include all Western nations. Third, we must employ a second "surge" - not a military surge, but a "peace surge" - to include the deployment of the United States Peace Corps.

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Charlie Summers: More support for Afghanistan; more sanctions for North Korea

Q: Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?

A: Yes.

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Susan Collins: Exert economic pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program

In response to a question about how to curb efforts by Iran and North Korea to develop nuclear weapons, Allen said, “We have to have very strong economic sanctions against Iran, but we have squandered the support of our allies.”

Collins said she is one of 50 co-sponsors of a resolution that calls on the US to take the lead in exerting economic pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear weapon development. “This is not something the US can do alone,” she said.

Source: 2008 Maine Senate debate reported in Kennebec Journal Sep 21, 2008

Tom Allen: We need strong economic sanctions against Iran

In response to a question about how to curb efforts by Iran and North Korea to develop nuclear weapons, Allen criticized the Bush administration for losing the support of American allies in the war in Iraq. “We have to have very strong economic sanctions against Iran, but we have squandered the support of our allies,” he said.

Collins calls on the US to take the lead in exerting economic pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear weapon development. “This is not something the US can do alone,” she said.

Source: 2008 Maine Senate debate reported in Kennebec Journal Sep 21, 2008

Sarah Palin: Generally supportive of America’s presence in Iraq

the Pakistan?

A: In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists who would seek to destroy America & our allies, we must do whatever it takes and we must not blink in making those tough decisions of where we go and even who we target.

Q: Is that a yes? That we have the right to go across the border?

A: I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table. Iraq: Palin is generally supportive of America’s presence in Iraq, her 18-year-old son Track Palin is in the Army and is slotted to go to Iraq in September. Palin has also visited members of the Alaska National Guard in Kuwait.

Source: WMTW TV-8 Portland Maine, ABC affiliate Aug 29, 2008

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