State of Tennessee Archives: on War & Peace

Gordon Ball: Time for our service members to come home from Afghanistan

For more than a decade, our country has been engaged in wars abroad--wars that stretched our military, our families, & our finances. We should always exhaust all other options before going to war, and we must never again put the price of wars on a credit card for our grandchildren to pay for. Any war that is unavoidable and in our national interest should be paid for as it is being fought.

I also believe it is time for our service members to come home from Afghanistan. We need to get out as quickly as possible, in a manner consistent with the safety of our troops and with a transition to Afghan control. Ultimately, the Afghans must take responsibility for their own future.

It's been a while since the death of Osama bin Laden, and America's operations have eliminated many of Al Qaeda's affiliates. However, the threat of attack still exists, and America must remain vigilant and continue all of our efforts--political, military, economic, and diplomatic--against Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, Aug 7, 2014

Gordon Ball: Critical to avoid nukes in North Korea and Iran

In North Korea and Iran--to name only two--the proliferation of nuclear weapons remains a critical challenge. Every additional finger on the nuclear button makes Americans and the world less safe. Every new country with nuclear weapons creates the very real risk of those weapons being lost or stolen. And every new country with nuclear weapons makes it more likely that their neighbors will also seek to develop nuclear weapons.

In Asia, the leadership transition in North Korea and its failed missile launch in April 2012 are developments that require continued American monitoring and attention, in addition to continued close cooperation with our allies and continued efforts with other nations in the region. To have progress, North Korea must demonstrate good faith, including suspending enrichment, halting missile tests, and allowing international inspectors into the country.

Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, Aug 7, 2014

Bob Tuke: Responsible Plan to End the War

We need to end the war in Iraq with honor while protecting our troops and honoring our veterans. Let’s focus on Afghanistan and bringing Bin Laden to justice.

I’ve endorsed the Responsible Plan to End the War, a strategy endorsed by leading retired Generals and military experts.

Source:, “Issues” Apr 4, 2008

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