State of New Jersey Archives: on War & Peace


Cory Booker: Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort

[All four Democratic candidates] agreed the United States shouldn't take any rash actions against Russia for harboring Edward Snowden, but said it should pressure that country against instituting restrictive laws against gays. All four said the United States should be careful in how it deals with Syria, advocating against direct military intervention except as a last resort.
Source: Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Aug 5, 2013

Robert Menendez: Iraq is a war of choice; based on misleading & false threats

Q: What should be the extent of our commitments in Iraq?

MENENDEZ: I’m proud to have voted against Bush’s war in Iraq right from the start--even when it was unpopular to do so. The Bush administration failed to make the case that Iraq was an imminent threat to our national security. Moreover, there was no conclusive evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was a war of choice, not a war of necessity. The Bush administration misled the American people with faulty premises and false promises. Tom Kean Jr. is wrong on Iraq. It’s time to end the open-ended commitment of US forces in Iraq.

KEAN: Bob Menendez is weak on national defense. He is a “dove,” who sides with the extreme-left wing of his party, unless it’s politically opportune to do otherwise. Hindsight is always 20/20 and the real debate is about how we move forward in Iraq. I want our troops to come home safely and as soon as possible, but “cut and run” is not a solution, it’s a declaration of defeat.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 2, 2006

Robert Menendez: Biggest mistake in Iraq was going there in the first place

Q: What should be our mission in Afghanistan & Iraq?

KEAN: The tragic attacks on Sept. 11 refocused our foreign policy objectives. The current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq are extensions of that new focus. We all want to bring our soldiers home as expeditiously as possible, but we must complete our military and diplomatic objectives. I agree with Sen. McCain’s assessment, that while “we have made serious mistakes” in Iraq, a mandated timetable could possibly incite “full-scale civil war.”

MENENDEZ: To say we’ve merely “made mistakes” in Iraq is to ignore the gravity of the current situation. The biggest mistake Pres. Bush made was sending our sons & daughters off to war in the first place. Amazingly, Tom Kean Jr. still says he would have voted for the war--even with all that we know today. America’s worldwide troop deployment must reflect our priorities in the fight against terrorism. The Bush administration never finished the job in Afghanistan--the launch pad for the 9/11 attacks.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate [X-ref Kean] Sep 2, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: We’ve made mistakes in Iraq, but must complete our objective

Q: What should be our mission in Afghanistan & Iraq?

KEAN: The tragic attacks on Sept. 11 refocused our foreign policy objectives. The current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq are extensions of that new focus. We all want to bring our soldiers home as expeditiously as possible, but we must complete our military and diplomatic objectives. I agree with Sen. McCain’s assessment, that while “we have made serious mistakes” in Iraq, a mandated timetable could possibly incite “full-scale civil war.”

MENENDEZ: To say we’ve merely “made mistakes” in Iraq is to ignore the gravity of the current situation. The biggest mistake Pres. Bush made was sending our sons & daughters off to war in the first place. Amazingly, Tom Kean Jr. still says he would have voted for the war--even with all that we know today. America’s worldwide troop deployment must reflect our priorities in the fight against terrorism. The Bush administration never finished the job in Afghanistan--the launch pad for the 9/11 attacks.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 2, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Can’t cut-and-run in Iraq; that’s a declaration of defeat

Q: What should be the extent of our commitments in Iraq?

MENENDEZ: I’m proud to have voted against Bush’s war in Iraq right from the start--even when it was unpopular to do so. The Bush administration failed to make the case that Iraq was an imminent threat to our national security. Moreover, there was no conclusive evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was a war of choice, not a war of necessity. The Bush administration misled the American people with faulty premises and false promises. Tom Kean Jr. is wrong on Iraq. It’s time to end the open-ended commitment of US forces in Iraq.

KEAN: Bob Menendez is weak on national defense. He is a “dove,” who sides with the extreme-left wing of his party, unless it’s politically opportune to do otherwise. Hindsight is always 20/20 and the real debate is about how we move forward in Iraq. I want our troops to come home safely and as soon as possible, but “cut and run” is not a solution, it’s a declaration of defeat.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate [X-ref Menendez] Sep 2, 2006

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