State of Missouri Archives: on War & Peace


Lester Turilli: Don't engage in traditional military predicaments overseas

Q: Should we avoid foreign entanglements?

A: Foreign entanglements should be avoided.˙Political & economic agendas along with outdated˙philosophical theories result in the loss of life while engaging in these overseas predicaments. Traditional military commitments are not often the best course of action dealing with groups/nations who use unconditional warfare and are not bound by rules of engagement. There are often more productive militaristic strategies, even though they are not politically popular.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Jason Kander: Iraq War was a huge strategic error, and I said so then

Q: In principle, was the Iraq War a good idea?

KANDER: No.

Q: Why?

KANDER: At this point, everybody agrees that that was a huge strategic error. If you watch, for instance, what's going on in the Republican debate for the presidency, you see, overwhelmingly, everyone on both sides of the aisle seems to agree that was a mistake. And that's something I understood that at the time, and Senator Blunt did not.

Q: Should President Obama should have kept troops in Iraq instead of a complete withdrawal?

KANDER: I think that the focus at this point has got to be what we do now. I feel the president could have done a better job explaining what we need to do now to combat ISIS rather than talk about what we've been doing.

Q: You don't think the president did a good job addressing the nation about ISIS?

KANDER: I thought the president could have done a better job.

Source: The Atlantic magazine on 2016 Missouri Senate race Dec 27, 2015

Jason Kander: Engage ISIS, including ground troops as a last resort

Q: Specifically, what should Obama do better to address ISIS?

KANDER: We have to be willing to engage ISIS militarily, economically, and even on the Internet without delay. For instance, I think we waited too long to engage al-Qaida and the Taliban in Pakistan. And we should not make a similar mistake with ISIS elements throughout the world.

Q: You think we should send additional troops in Syria or Iraq?

KANDER: Ground troops have to be a last resort. I think they should always be a last resort. But as I think we have that conversation going forward, we need to make sure it's not just a conversation of whether we should send people in, but also how those people get out. I think in the past we have not always had that conversation. But it's clear that as we go forward, if military leaders say that that is the only way we are going to be able to destroy ISIS, then that's what we're going to have to.

Source: The Atlantic magazine on 2016 Missouri Senate race Dec 27, 2015

Roy Blunt: Iran deal lets the nuclear genie out of the bottle

Sen. Roy Blunt warned that threats facing the US are "more prevalent, more complex and potentially more catastrophic than ever before." He also said laws intended to fight those threats should eventually expire, particularly the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Patriot Act.

Blunt devoted much of his talk to threats posed by Russia, China, Syria and the Islamic State, and he was critical of the response by Pres. Obama's administration. He was especially pessimistic about the administration's recent negotiations with Iran, and he devoted almost 10 minutes of his approximately hour-long speech to a deal meant to contain Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. "What this agreement really does is let the nuclear genie out of the bottle," he said.

Speaking about Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Blunt said he could "almost guarantee" that "some, if not all of them, will have nuclear weapons before the Iranians."

Source: Columbia Missourian on 2016 Missouri Senate race Sep 14, 2015

Robin Carnahan: No date for Afghan withdrawal, but no open-ended commitment

The two sides agreed on at least one thing: there should not at this time be a firm deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

"The president made a huge mistake when he announced a date for withdrawal," Blunt said. "The world is a dangerous place."

Carnahan said that while there shouldn't be a date for withdrawal, there also should not be an open-ended commitment for troops.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Huge mistake to announce date for Afghan withdrawal

The two sides agreed on at least one thing: there should not at this time be a firm deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

"The president made a huge mistake when he announced a date for withdrawal," Blunt said. "The world is a dangerous place."

Carnahan said that while there shouldn't be a date for withdrawal, there also should not be an open-ended commitment for troops.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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