State of Nebraska Archives: on War & Peace


Shane Osborn: We let Syria & Iran cross the red line

Osborn say the US and Europe need to cooperate on economic sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin. "You need to have diplomacy, but at the same time he needs to take you serious and right now, Putin doesn't take us serious," Osborn says. "Because the Syrians don't take us serious when we let them cross the red line. The Iranians don't take us serious with this horrible agreement that we did that doesn't do anything to curtail their uranium enrichment over there and their quest to get a bomb. So, why would Putin take us serious now?"
Source: Nebraska Radio Network on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Mar 7, 2014

Bob Kerrey: We all get worked up about Iran, but there's a price

KERREY: We can't allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. But remember the veterans' numbers that I gave you earlier: $26 billion worth of pension and disability payments in 2001, $76 billion today, going to $130 billion. Don't you think that there's not any price.

I was actually concerned when I saw that 2/3 of Nebraskans want to get out of Afghanistan and 2/3 want to go to war in Iran. We all get worked up and wave the flag and get patriotic. I was in a war where that was the case. And after three or four years we ran out of gas. You've got to answer the question: What happens afterwards?

I think we have to be very, very careful. Simultaneously, we're making clear to Iran that we have a tremendous amount of military capability and we'll use that military capability if necessary to prevent you from acquiring nuclear weapons.

FISCHER: Iran cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.

Source: 2012 Nebraska Senate debate excerpts Sep 28, 2012

Bob Kerrey: Be conscious of what it means to draw a line for Iran

FISCHER: We need to have a strong administration who's going to make it clear [to Iran] that a line needs to be drawn. We have an administration that has sent mixed signals.

KERREY: It's not as simple as saying we're just going to go in there. I believe we've got to draw a line, but I think we've got to be very conscious of what it means when we do.

FISCHER: I would just reiterate that we need to have leadership here in this country when it comes to foreign policy. We haven't seen that in the last four years. And we're witnessing now the turmoil which I believe is due in part to that. This world is not a safe place. It's become less safe. And if we don't have strong messages sent from Washington, it makes it even less safe.

Source: 2012 Nebraska Senate debate excerpts Sep 28, 2012

Deb Fischer: Draw a line on Iranian nukes; no mixed signals

KERREY: We can't allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. But what happens afterwards? We have to be very, very careful.

FISCHER: Iran cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. But we have an administration that has sent mixed signals. We have a strong, strong ally in Israel, the only democracy in the region. This is not just their problem. We're looking at the country of Iran, where it's estimated that in three years they will have ICBMs that can reach the United States. This is a concern for the world. It's a concern for our country. We have an administration that hasn't been clear on foreign policy, and there's been a lack of leadership. We need to have a strong administration who's going to make it clear that a line needs to be drawn. If the United States of America is going to be a leader in foreign policy and keep stability in this world, as has been our mission in the past, then we need to make it clear. We have an administration that has sent mixed signals.

Source: 2012 Nebraska Senate debate excerpts Sep 28, 2012

Deb Fischer: Prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability

The four candidates participating in the debate expressed strong support for Israel and urged the United States to stand alongside its traditional ally in trying to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.

There was far more agreement than disagreement, and no sudden confrontations, during the debate before about 150 in the Johnny Carson Theatre at Norfolk High School.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2012 Nebraska Senate debates Apr 11, 2012

Steven Larrick: Invasion of Iraq was based on false premises

“We need to scale down the dialog of anger toward the rest of the world. I think that the invasion of Iraq was based on false premises,” Larrick declared.

“We have tremendous potential to actually use diplomacy in ways even Ronald Reagan used that we have forgotten now, and the current administration has forgotten,” Kleeb said.

“We should never negotiate with rogue nations without preconditions. You squander the prestige and the power of the American presidency when you do that,” Johanns said.

Source: [Xref Kleeb] 2008 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Draw down US troops, but no timetables

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.26-27 Aug 19, 2008

Steven Larrick: End the Iraq war as soon as possible

Q: Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?

A: No.

Q: Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?

A: Yes. We need to end the Iraq war as soon as possible. The George McGovern plan holds great promise for ending this disastrous policy and moving toward a peaceful resolution.

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

A: No.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

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