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Martha Coakley on War & Peace

 


Bring troops home from Afghanistan

On Afghanistan: Has spoken against the troop increase, saying the president should instead be bringing troops home. She says there are better ways to fight terrorism, saying it is "naive" to think U.S. troops can be dispatched everywhere.
Source: Nancy Reardon, Quincy Patriot-Ledger: 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 14, 2010

Focus efforts where terrorists are, not Afghanistan

The candidates disagreed on President Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Coakley opposes the president's decision, and she explained why to moderator David Gergen.

"I'm not sure there is a way to succeed," Coakley said. "If the goal was, and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believe that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists, we supported that, I supported that goal. They're gone. They're not there anymore. They're in Yemen. They're in Pakistan. Let's focus our efforts on where al-Qaida is and not always decide we need to."

"Would you then send troops into Yemen, where al-Qaida is?" Gergen asked.

"No," Coakley replied. "That's exactly the point. This is not about sending troops everywhere we think al-Qaida may be."

Source: WBUR article on 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 12, 2010

End the war in Iraq by 2011

Over 130,000 American troops remain in Iraq. Since the war began, over 4,300 American soldiers have died. Martha supports President Obama's plan to fully withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011. Had Martha been in the Senate at the ti voted against the Iraq invasion.

The situation in Iraq remains dire. There are 1.5 million Iraqi refugees in bordering countries, and inside Iraq there are almost 3 million displaced people. Most Iraqis still lack access to clean water and sanitation, health care, and ample nutrition. The war has claimed somewhere between 130,000 and 230,000 Iraqi lives. Given such hardship and the many roadblocks to productive American involvement on the ground, it is now crucial that American troops leave the country in order for Iraq to effectively rebuild.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, marthacoakley.com, "Issues" , Nov 11, 2009

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