Martin O`Malley on War & Peace



Constitution doesn't let us say when dictators must go

Q: What's your proposal for what comes after Assad?

O'MALLEY: I believe that we need to focus on destroying ISIL. That is the clear and present danger. And I believe that we can springboard off of this new U.N. resolution; there should be a political process. But we shouldn't be the ones declaring that Assad must go. Where did it ever say in the Constitution, where is it written that it's the job of the United States of America or its secretary of State to determine when dictators have to go? We have a role to play in this world. But it is not the role of traveling the world looking for new monsters to destroy.

CLINTON: Assad has killed, by last count, about 250,000 Syrians. The reason we are in the mess we're in, that ISIS has the territory it has, is because of Assad. I advocated arming the moderate opposition back in the day when I was still secretary of State, because I worried we would end up exactly where we are now.

SANDERS: The US is not the policeman of the world.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015

ISIS is an evil in this world; deal with them as evil

Q: Should the US lead the response to ISIS?

O'MALLEY: This actually is America's fight. It cannot solely be America's fight. America is best when we work in collaboration with our allies. America is best when we are actually standing up to evil in this world. And ISIS, make no mistake about it, is an evil in this world. And we do have a role in this. Not solely ours, but we must work collaboratively with other nations. The great failing of these last 10 or 15 years has been our failing of human intelligence on the ground. Our role in the world is not to roam the globe looking for new dictators to topple. Our role in the world is to make ourselves a beacon of hope, but also to confront evil when it rises. We took out the safe haven in Afghanistan, but now there is, undoubtedly, a larger safe haven and we must rise to this occasion in collaboration and with alliances to confront it, and invest in the future much better human intelligence so we know what the next steps are.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa , Nov 14, 2015

Don't search world for monsters to destroy, like Iraq War

Q: Secretary Clinton voted to authorize military force in Iraq, supported more troops in Afghanistan. Is she too quick to use military force?

O'MALLEY: No commander in chief should take the military option off the table, even if most agree it should be the last option. What disturbed people so much was leading us into Iraq under false pretenses and telling us there were weapons of mass destruction there was one of the worst blunders in modern American history.

Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015

No-fly zone in Syria too hard to enforce; stay out entirely

Q: Does Hillary Clinton want to use military force too rapidly?

SANDERS: She is talking about a no-fly zone in Syria, which I think is dangerous.

O'MALLEY: I would not be so quick to pull for a military tool. I believe that a no-fly zone in Syria, at this time would be a mistake. You have to enforce no-fly zones, and I believe, especially with the Russian air force in the air, it could lead to an escalation.

Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015

Negotiate with Iran to remove potential nuclear weapon

O'Malley would continue negotiations with Iran.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," O'Malley called the potential of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon one of the world's greatest man-made threats. He supports ongoing nuclear talks between the Obama administration and Iranian leadership.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 30, 2015

Two-state solution between Israel and Palestine

O'Malley would work for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians. O'Malley advocates a two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians and has said, as allies, both the United States and Israel need to work to ease the tension between them.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 30, 2015

Radical terrorism and nuclear Iran are interconnected

Q: What is the number one national security threat to America right now and what would you do to fix it?

O`MALLEY: The greatest danger that we face right now on a consistent basis in terms of manmade threats is nuclear Iran and related to that, extremist violence. I don't think you can separate the two. I think they go together. We have to confront both of these issues, and it starts with supporting the president in achieving that negotiated settlement.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 29, 2015

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