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Al Gore on Defense
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  • The best technology makes U.S. military the best. (Oct 17)
  • Help with landmine removal; ban them in 2006 but not now. (Sep 7)
  • Keep America strong for challenges of newly free world. (Aug 18)
  • Build-down military to smaller but more effective. (May 27)
  • Prepare for challenges of the information-age battefield. (May 27)
  • Use military as last resort, only when effective & shared. (May 27)
  • From day one: Transform to 21st century military strategy. (May 27)
  • Forward Engagement: address problems before crises arise. (Apr 30)
  • Supported Gulf War; costs of war less than alternative. (Mar 3)
  • Sensible increases in defense spending. (Feb 3)
  • Nation-building is part of world leadership. (Oct 11)

    Military Personnel

  • US military is best in history of the world. (Oct 3)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is unfair & hasn’t worked. (Sep 6)
  • No soldier should have to rely on food stamps. (Aug 23)
  • Personnel: better pay; housing; family services; healthcare. (May 27)
  • $1.2 billion in new education money for veterans. (May 11)
  • Appointees must ENFORCE allowing gays; not AGREE with policy. (Jan 11)

    Missile Defense

  • Full-scale “Star Wars” is unrealistic & too expensive. (Jul 10)
  • Nuclear unilateralism will hinder arms control. (May 28)
  • Build less powerful SDI; to keep ABM treaty & START III. (May 27)
  • Focus SDI on rogue states. (May 27)
  • Test Ban Treaty is the tide of history; ratify it. (Oct 1999)
David McReynolds on Defense
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  • Cut Pentagon budget by 50%. (Sep 1999)
  • End nuclear testing; strive for zero nuclear weapons. (Sep 1999)
  • Take aim at the sacred cow of the military budget. (Aug 1999)
Dick Cheney on Defense
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  • Swift retaliation for USS Cole terrorist attack. (Oct 14)
  • American military is worse off today than in 1992. (Oct 5)
  • We must not send unprepared, demoralized troops to war. (Oct 5)
  • We cannot allow Saddam to have nuclear weapons. (Oct 5)
  • Restore bond of trust between military and President. (Aug 30)
  • Warned of nuclear proliferation in 1990s. (Jan 1997)
  • Complained that Congress gave DoD unwanted weapons & forces. (Jan 1997)
  • Added technology & infrastructure as pillars of military. (Jan 1997)
  • Americans support force when appropriate & clear objective. (Apr 1991)
  • Supported fully funding SDI in 1990s. (May 1989)
  • Co-sponsored SDI; “peace thru strength”; base closings. (Jan 1986)
  • Criticizes Clinton/Gore’s neglect, not military itself. (Aug 30)

    Gulf War

  • Gulf War: Rejected frontal assault in favor of “left hook”. (Jul 27)
  • Congressional authorization wasn’t needed for Kuwait. (Jan 1996)
  • Gulf War: No, we should not have gone to Baghdad. (Apr 1991)
  • Gulf War: We did it right to avoid a quagmire. (Apr 1991)

    Military Rebuilding

  • US military is best in world, but trend is wrong direction. (Oct 10)
  • Military reductions are too much for post-Cold War. (Oct 5)
  • Decreased army means increased risk to lives of troops. (Aug 30)
  • Military today is overused and underresourced. (Aug 30)
  • Need to spend more, but spend it wisely. (Aug 30)
  • Cautious cuts: A-12, V22, F14D, Seawolf, 500,000 troops. (Jul 27)
  • In Congress, consistently voted to raise military spending. (Jul 24)
  • Downsized military while protecting “people programs”. (Jan 1997)
Ezola Foster on Defense
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  • America’s borders need to be defended. (Aug 13)
  • Sovereignty of nation is a primary concern. (Aug 12)
George W. Bush on Defense
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  • Bush’s stated military service record is incorrect. (Oct 31)
  • AWOL in Air Guard? Maybe not, but didn’t meet obligations. (Oct 31)
  • Military mission has become fuzzy. (Oct 17)
  • Opposed Somalia intervention when it became nation-building. (Oct 11)
  • Be world’s peacemaker instead of world’s policeman. (Oct 3)
  • Rebuild military so it can fulfill mission to prevent war. (Oct 3)
  • Redefine how war is fought and won. (Sep 7)
  • Bush says military not ready; Pentagon disagrees. (Aug 4)
  • Post-Vietnam: just cause; clear goal; overwhelming victory. (Aug 3)
  • Lowest possible number of nukes consistent with security. (May 28)
  • Post-Cold War: remove weapons & high-alert; build SDI. (May 24)
  • Deter terrorists by counterstrikes & counterintelligence. (Apr 2)
  • Use arms to defend Europe, Far East, Mideast, & Panama. (Feb 15)
  • Top-down review to decide which programs to cancel. (Jan 26)
  • US military is key to preserving world peace. (Apr 1998)

    Military Personnel

  • Spend money on soldiers before sending them to hot spots. (Oct 17)
  • Gays in military OK; “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” OK. (Sep 6)
  • Increase military pay to increase morale. (Aug 21)
  • Better equipment, better training, and better pay. (Aug 3)
  • $1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons. (May 31)

    Missile Defense

  • SDI: think beyond Cold War, but convince Europe & Russia. (Aug 1)
  • SDI plan like Bush Sr.’s $63B GPALS & “Brilliant Pebbles”. (Jun 4)
  • Russia: jointly reduce missiles; but no joint SDI. (May 24)
  • SDI needed for defense against rogue states & terrorists. (May 23)
  • Develop SDI, even if we must breach ABM treaty. (Sep 1999)
Harry Browne on Defense
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  • Government role should be to keep us out of war. (Sep 9)
  • Gays in the army OK; irrelevant to military service. (Jul 7)
  • We have strong offense & weak defense-switch it. (Jan 27)
  • Fund SDI, pay, & readiness; cut CIA & everything else. (Jan 13)
  • Deploy SDI; no need to fight spread of nukes. (Jan 13)
  • Keep out of wars, rather than police the world. (May 1999)
  • Build missile defense by private reward system. (May 1999)
  • If US is attacked, target the dictator, not people. (May 1999)
  • Focus on defense against missiles and invasions. (May 1998)
  • De-fund CIA; decrease R&D for new weapons. (May 1996)
  • Avoid arms trade; promote peace by free trade. (May 1996)
  • Politician’s wars are heroic; real war is death & killing. (Jul 1995)
  • Wars have historically established nothing. (Jul 1995)
  • 6-point plan to get government out of war programs. (Jul 1995)
Howard Phillips on Defense
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  • No US troops under foreign command. (Sep 9)
  • Strengthen defense spending, for US defense. (Sep 9)
  • Defense $ for military pay & equipment, not on UN & NATO. (Jun 25)
  • SDI should be deployed. (Sep 1999)
  • US should advocate liberty abroad, but only defend US. (Sep 1999)
  • Only Congress declares war, not Executive Orders. (Sep 1999)
  • American troops fight for US and not the New World Order. (Sep 1999)
  • Deploy missile defense and SDI; withdraw from ABM Treaty. (Jan 1992)
John Hagelin on Defense
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  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a recipe for discrimination. (Sep 6)
  • Decrease military aid; shift to life-supporting policy. (Apr 1)
  • Maintain nuclear non-proliferation and maintain ABM Treaty. (Jan 13)
  • Present military spending is politically motivated. (Nov 1999)
  • High-tech weaponry is unstoppable. (Dec 1995)
  • Peace treaties don’t last. (Dec 1995)
Joseph Lieberman on Defense
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  • American military is best in the world; and has proven it. (Oct 5)
  • Skipping generation of equipment will destroy readiness. (Oct 5)
  • Don’t alarm America - the military is ready. (Oct 5)
  • Work with Iraqi opposition to overthrow Saddam. (Oct 5)
  • More $ for weapons; including SDI recently. (Aug 8)
  • Supported use of force in Gulf War. (Aug 7)
  • Kuwait: Congressional authorization plus use of force. (May 2)
  • Transform military for post-Cold War. (May 2)
  • SDI is no longer science fiction. (Nov 1999)
  • More R&D & better development for future army. (Nov 1999)
  • Supported Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Deploy limited SDI to defend against rogue states. (Mar 1999)
  • Nuclear retaliation won’t stop rogue missile attacks. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted against military pay increase. (Feb 1999)
Pat Buchanan on Defense
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  • Need new post-Cold War bottom-up strategy review. (Oct 1)
  • Build SDI; “Retrench and rearm”. (Feb 3)
  • Declare war only after attack on US, interests, or honor. (Jan 6)
  • UK, France, & Germany should defend Europe. (Oct 1999)
  • Transfer NATO Army to Germany & Navy to France. (Oct 1999)
  • Annex Greenland. (Oct 1999)
  • US hegemony will backfire to create a less secure world. (Oct 1999)
  • NATO was conceived as a temporary alliance. (Oct 1999)
  • We lost Vietnam because we fought on THEIR terms. (Oct 1999)
  • No Pax Americana for post-Cold War. (Oct 1999)
  • New World Order ties down US without vital interests. (Oct 1999)
  • Soldiers volunteer to defend US, not UN. (Oct 1999)
  • Expand defense budget for expanded global commitments. (Jun 1999)
  • America must retrench and rearm. (Jun 1999)
  • Pay soldiers more; end “social labs”; exit Balkans. (May 1999)
Ralph Nader on Defense
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  • Corporate welfare: taxpayers fund defense industry mergers. (Oct 9)
  • Deter wars by being attuned abroad. (Oct 8)
  • Kill F-22, Seawolf, Osprey, & other gold-plated weapons. (Oct 1)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is discriminatory against gays. (Sep 6)
  • SDI doesn’t work; money better spent elsewhere. (Jul 11)
  • Stop using weapons sales to determine foreign policy. (Jun 25)
  • Stop spending on unneeded weapons & non-existent enemies. (Jun 25)
  • Cut defense budget by $100B; time to demobilize. (May 7)
  • Stop unneeded defense of prosperous countries. (May 7)
  • Defense frameworks: how to wage peace while building weapons. (Feb 23)
  • Popular participation instead of corporate involvement. (Feb 23)
  • Supports Test Ban Treaty & arms control. (Feb 23)
  • Arms race is driven by corporate demand. (Feb 23)
  • F-22 aircraft is unneeded; and dangerous to fly. (Feb 23)
Winona LaDuke on Defense
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  • Supports demobilization; stop economic motives for military. (Apr 17)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  



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