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Angus King on Foreign Policy

Independent Former ME Governor

 


Historically, no one can reform Afghanistan

As I've lived through now Iraq and Afghanistan, I think the biggest problem with American foreign policy is when we assume other countries are like us. And often they aren't. Afghanistan's a perfect example. Do you know the nickname of Afghanistan? The Graveyard of Empires. Nobody, since Alexander the Great, has been able to subdue Afghanistan. The Russians, the British, I mean it's got this long history of outside countries trying to invade and do something there, and it's never worked.
Source: Interview by Andrea L`Hommedieu, Bowdoin College , Nov 3, 2009

Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank.

King signed two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank

Congressional Summary: S.Res.6/H.Res.11 objects to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which characterizes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and demands cessation of settlement activities.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, Dec. 19, 2003): In principle, separation seems the best answer to stop the killing. For this reason, a security fence makes sense--if it actually separates Jew from Arab. Unfortunately, to protect a number of disparate Israeli settlements erected in the midst of Palestinian communities, Israel currently is mixing Jew and Arab and separating Arab from Arab. Thus are sown the seeds for conflict. After 36 years of occupation, the land remains almost exclusively Arab. The limited Jewish presence is the result of conscious colonization. The settlements require a pervasive Israeli military occupation, imposing a de facto system of apartheid. Separation offers the only hope, but separation requires dismantling Israeli settlements.

Source: S.Res.6 & H.Res.11 17-SRes6 on Jan 3, 2017

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