State of North Carolina Archives: on War & Peace


Elizabeth Dole: Precipitous Iraq withdrawal leads to further instability

Both candidates proclaimed support for the military, but Hagan called for ending the war in Iraq with a “diplomatic surge,” a commonly heard but ill-defined term. Dole was even more vague, expressing frustration with the Bush administration’s handling of the war but worrying that “precipitous withdrawal” would lead to further instability.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record Jun 25, 2008

Kay Hagan: End the war in Iraq with a diplomatic surge

Both candidates proclaimed support for the military, but Hagan called for ending the war in Iraq with a “diplomatic surge,” a commonly heard but ill-defined term. Dole was even more vague, expressing frustration with the Bush administration’s handling of the war but worrying that “precipitous withdrawal” would lead to further instability.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record Jun 25, 2008

Elizabeth Dole: Mistakes were made, but no precipitous withdrawal from Iraq

On the war in Iraq, which Dole has supported & Hagan has opposed, both muted their position. “We have got to end this war in Iraq,” said Hagan, adding that the war had not made the US safer, had made new enemies & alienated allies.

Dole warned against “a precipitous withdrawal” but said Iraq needs to begin picking up the costs of reconstruction. “I have been very frustrated that the administration was so slow in changing a strategy that was obviously not working,” Dole said. “Many mistakes were made.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Raleigh News & Observer Jun 22, 2008

Kay Hagan: The Iraq war had not made the U.S. safer

On the war in Iraq, which Dole has supported and Hagan has opposed, both muted their position. “We have got to end this war in Iraq,” said Hagan, adding that the war had not made the U.S. safer, had made new enemies and had alienated allies. But she said the war needed to be ended “in a responsible fashion” with the country mounting “a diplomatic surge.”

Dole warned against “a precipitous withdrawal” but said Iraq needs to begin picking up the costs of reconstruction.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Raleigh News & Observer Jun 22, 2008

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