State of Minnesota Archives: on War & Peace


Amy Klobuchar: Work together with other countries to solve Iraq problem

KENNEDY: I’m very concerned when I hear Ms. Klobuchar say the answer is diplomacy, and that we ought to negotiate. With who? How are you going to negotiate with al Qaeda? How are you going to negotiate with Iranian-sponsored terrorists?

KLOBUCHAR: As of Thanksgiving, we’re going to have been in this war longer than WWII. If together with other countries we were able to solve that situation, we can work with others to solve this one.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Amy Klobuchar: Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out

Q: Do we need more troops in Iraq?

KENNEDY: We need to listen to the commanders in the field. If they say we need more troops, than I want to make sure they have more troops.

KLOBUCHAR: Iraq has devolved into a civil war. I believe it’s time to transition to Iraqi authority and let this government run its own country. The way you do this is not by adding more troops, or by saying that we’ll have the same number of troops in 2010. It’s by beginning to bring our troops home, or to redeploy them.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Must focus on victory in Iraq, not on retreat

Q: What next in Iraq?

KENNEDY: The real question is: Are we focusing on victory, and making sure that Iraq doesn’t become a sanctuary for terrorists to regroup and attack America again? Or are we focusing on how to retreat out of there as fast as we can? We’ve made mistakes in Iraq and no one likes war. But we need to understand how detrimental it would be to our security if we did not succeed in Iraq. That’s why I’m very concerned when I hear Ms. Klobuchar say the answer is diplomacy, and that we ought to negotiate. With who? How are you going to negotiate with al Qaeda? How are you going to negotiate with Iranian-sponsored terrorists?

FITZGERALD: This conflict cannot be solved with military action. The conflict needs the withdrawal of our troops immediately.

KLOBUCHAR: I believe it’s time to transition to Iraqi authority and let this government run its own country. The way you do this is not by adding more troops. It’s by beginning to bring our troops home, or to redeploy them.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Listen to military in Iraq, not politicians in Washington

Q: Do you think more troops in Iraq now is the answer?

KENNEDY: We need to listen to the commanders in the field. If they say we need more troops, than I want to make sure they have more troops. We ought not to be listening to Washington politicians. We ought to be listening to what the commanders in the field say is important for victory. I have visited Iraq three times, and I called for the Iraq Study Group [for that purpose].

FITZGERALD: I have not had the opportunity to have a taxpayer-funded junket to Iraq, but I have had the opportunity to talk to military families who have said that this is falling solely on their shoulders. This war is being fought with other people’s children, and is being fought with other people’s children’s money. We have borrowed every single dollar that we have sued to fight this war to the tune of $330 billion so far. That’s immoral and irresponsible government.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq war being fought with other’s people’s children

Q: Do you think more troops in Iraq now is the answer?

KENNEDY: We need to listen to the commanders in the field. If they say we need more troops, than I want to make sure they have more troops. We ought not to be listening to Washington politicians. We ought to be listening to what the commanders in the field say is important for victory. I have visited Iraq three times, and I called for the Iraq Study Group [for that purpose].

FITZGERALD: I have not had the opportunity to have a taxpayer-funded junket to Iraq, but I have had the opportunity to talk to military families who have said that this is falling solely on their shoulders. This war is being fought with other people’s children, and is being fought with other people’s children’s money. We have borrowed every single dollar that we have sued to fight this war to the tune of $330 billion so far. That’s immoral and irresponsible government.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate (X-ref Kennedy) Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq conflict can no longer be solved with military action

Q: What next in Iraq?

KENNEDY: We need to understand how detrimental it would be to our security if we did not succeed in Iraq. That’s why I’m very concerned when I hear Ms. Klobuchar say the answer is diplomacy, and that we ought to negotiate. With who? How are you going to negotiate with al Qaeda? How are you going to negotiate with Iranian-sponsored terrorists?

FITZGERALD: John McCain called for more troops a year-and-a-half ago, and I agreed with him at that time. An opportunity presented itself to quell the violence in Iraq. In the pigheadedness of this administration, they did not heed that call, and that opportunity has since passed. This conflict cannot be solved with military action. The conflict needs the withdrawal of our troops immediately.

KLOBUCHAR: I believe it’s time to transition to Iraqi authority and let this government run its own country. The way you do this is not by adding more troops. It’s by beginning to bring our troops home, or to redeploy them.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Reject “more-of-the-same” in Iraq; favor “adapt-to-win”

“I reject more of the same,” said Kennedy at a state Capitol news conference. He’s employing the latest incarnation of the GOP’s Iraq war policy. “I have always rejected more-of-the-same. I am not for stay-the-course. I am not for cut-and-run. I’m for adapt-to-win,” he said.

The now popular “adapt-to-win” language among Republicans is a phrase that the head of the Republican Party promoting late last summer as an alternative to President’s Bush’s often-repeated “stay the course.”

Source: Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Oct 26, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: We’re experiencing mission-creep in Iraq

We’re experiencing mission-creep in Iraq. We went over there to find weapons of mass destruction. We went over there, no, to tackle Saddam. No, we went over there to oversee elections. No, now we’re their to help the interim government. No, now we’re there to stand down when they stand up. That’s cute, but it’s not measurable goals and if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
Source: Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Oct 26, 2006

Norm Coleman: Supports strike on Iraq: Saddam is a menace

Coleman called Saddam Hussein the “world’s worst terrorist leader,” and said Hussein poses a grave threat to the world. “Saddam is a menace. His menace grows with each passing day. History will judge us harshly if knowing what we know, we fail to act with bipartisan solidarity to prevent the death of hundreds of thousands,” he said.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Election 2002 coverage Sep 23, 2002

Mark Dayton: Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level

I support providing aid to Israel - both military and economic - at its current level. And, I support and applaud Israel’s effort to become independent of our economic aid. We must maintain our goals of facilitating peace in the region, enhancing security and promoting Democratic ideals.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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