Jill Stein on War & Peace

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor

Blowback across Middle East due to our immoral war policy

OBAMA: I think it's important to step back and think about what happened in Libya. We took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years. And as a consequence, despite this tragedy, you had tens of thousands of Libyans after the events in Benghazi marching and saying, "America's our friend."

STEIN: It's very clear that there is blowback going on now across the Middle East, not only the unrest directed at the Libyan embassy. 75% of Pakistanis actually identify the US now as their enemy, not as their supporter or their ally. And, you know, in many ways, we're seeing a very ill-conceived, irresponsible and immoral war policy come back to haunt us, where US foreign policies have been based, unfortunately, on brute military force and wars for oil. Under my administration, we will have a foreign policy based on international law and human rights and the use of diplomacy.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Third Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 22, 2012

Stop the flow of arms to Syria on both sides

OBAMA: [In Syria] we are going to do everything we can to make sure that we are helping the opposition. But what we can't do is, as Governor Romney has suggested, giving heavy weapons to the Syrian opposition.

ROMNEY: The right course is to identify responsible parties within Syria, organize them, bring them together, and then make sure they have the arms necessary to defend themselves.

STEIN: It's as if there's collective amnesia here, as if we didn't just go through a decade, $5 trillion and thousands of U.S. soldiers whose lives have been sacrificed, and far more civilians whose lives have been lost, in an attempted military resolution in Iraq and in Afghanistan. So with a far smaller commitment, how in the world are they thinking that a lesser degree of military intervention is going to solve the problem? This is a failed policy from its very conception. With arms flowing in to both sides in Syria, you have really a catastrophe in the making. We need to stop the flow of the arms.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Third Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 22, 2012

Iran does not threaten our national security

Q: How should the U.S. deal with Iran?

A: Iran does not threaten our national security and there is no proof they are building a nuclear weapon.

Q: Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

A: Yes, but not the current regime.

Source: Presidential comparison website www.iSideWith.com , May 16, 2012

We're not safer internationally with drone wars

Q. Does President Obama deserve credit for other accomplishments?

A. Small time, sure. There are minor improvements. But on the other hand, he took single-payer off the table. He absolutely took a public option off the table. As we found on issue after issue--the war, reappointing George Bush's secretary of defense, sticking to George Bush's timeline on Iraq, expanding the war, expanding the drone wars all over the place. And how about bringing Wall Street in, the guys who created the problem, among his first appointments. It was pretty clear right then that this was going to be business as usual on steroids. We're certainly not more secure, more equitable, more healthy or safer internationally, with what Obama has brought.

Source: Michael Shear, New York Times, "5 Questions" , Feb 14, 2012

End the Oil Wars

Source: 2012 Presidential Campaign website jillstein.org, "Brochure" , Feb 3, 2012

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were illegal

The deficit has been made worse by unconscionable spending choices: notably the 4 trillion dollars spent on the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and trillions more spent on the bloated Pentagon budget, tax giveaways for the wealthy, and bailouts for Wall Street.

Instead of austerity, we can end the Wall Street bailouts, cut the bloated military and tax the bloated rich.

Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

We never should have been in Iraq; we're still not out

Q: What are your views on this week's US formal withdrawal of troops from Iraq?

A: We are not out of Iraq--we should be out of Iraq and we are not. We never should have been in Iraq. We have spent perhaps $1 trillion, lost nearly 5,000 American lives, and probably 100,000 or perhaps one million Iraqi lives. It's an unspeakable shame that this war occurred at all. A war caused by lies and military opportunism A war that has conveniently secured some oil supplies for the US and the West but what a horrible price that has been paid for that illegitimate bounty.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

We should not be in Afghanistan; no military solution

Q: What should US policy be regarding the war in Afghanistan?

A: As in Iraq, in Afghanistan likewise we should not be there. If we hadn't been training militaries in Afghanistan to start with 30 or 40 years ago, there never would have been an Osama bin Laden. Afghanistan is a symbol: military solutions are not solutions. They don't end.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

Humanitarian aims in Libya ok; but not regime change

Q: What about the war in Libya?

A: We're going to see it's not over in Libya . You don't solve problems, you don't promote international stability and democracy by bringing in the army and the bombs. That does not create national stability. The humanitarian concerns were legitimate but those humanitarian aims were really cast aside very early. After NATO entered the fray it quickly morphed from protecting civilians to regime change. There was no legitimate international justification for that.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

End our military misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan

Before President Obama took office, the Democratic Party criticized Bush for killing thousands of people looking for weapons of mass destruction that never existed. But now their voices have fallen silent. Gov. Patrick is promoting the troop surges and engaging in shameless attempts to use the troops as props for his election year photo ops. He dished out upbeat descriptions of our military misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. He described morale as being high, conveniently ignoring the fact that suicides among the troops had just reached record levels.

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are costing Massachusetts $3.4 billion per year. That money could go a long way toward creating jobs here in Massachusetts. Rather than serving as a Pentagon propagandist and obediently sending our National Guard off for yet another tour of duty, the Governor of Massachusetts should be telling President Obama that we need to end the wars, bring our National Guard home, and heal our economy.

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign website jillstein.org, "Issues" , Sep 29, 2010

Other candidates on War & Peace: Jill Stein on other issues:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
GOP Candidates:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Party Candidates:
Mayor Rocky Anderson(J)
Roseanne Barr(PF)
Rep.Virgil Goode(C)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L)
Jill Stein(G)
Andre Barnett(Ref.)

GOP Withdrawals:
Rep.Michele Bachmann(MN)
Herman Cain(GA)
Rep.Newt Gingrich(GA)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Rep.Ron Paul(TX)
Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
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