State of New Mexico Archives: on War & Peace


David Clements: No executive War Powers; only Congress should declare war

Because the exclusive power of Congress to declare war must be respected, I oppose the exercise of executive War Powers in the absence of a Declaration, except in the face of an immediate and direct threat to the United States. Executive reactions to imminent dangers must not be allowed to drag on without the express authorization of Congress. I favor a clear strategy for entrance into and conclusion of any foreign engagement and a definable goal that constitutes victory, before putting our soldiers in harm's way and committing billions in tax dollars. America's interests and sovereignty must always come first.
Source: 2014 N.M. Senate campaign website, ClementsForNM.com Feb 18, 2014

Steve Pearce: If Iraq falls, so will other moderate regimes in the region

Asked about the war in Iraq, Pearce invoked images that recalled the falling domino theory during the Vietnam war, in which he served, and said other Middle East leaders have told him that if Iraq falls, it could mean the downfall of other moderate regimes in the region and Israel and that will push oil prices to astronomical levels.

Udall said itís time to start working on a troop pullout and itís also necessary to ensure that medical and other benefits are in place for returning soldiers.

Source: 2008 N.M. Senate debate report in N.M.Business Weekly Aug 22, 2008

Tom Udall: Time to start working on a troop pullout

Asked about the war in Iraq, Pearce invoked images that recalled the falling domino theory during the Vietnam war, in which he served, and said other Middle East leaders have told him that if Iraq falls, it could mean the downfall of other moderate regimes in the region and Israel and that will push oil prices to astronomical levels.

Udall said itís time to start working on a troop pullout and itís also necessary to ensure that medical and other benefits are in place for returning soldiers.

Source: [Xref Pearce] 2008 N.M. Senate Debate Aug 22, 2008

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