State of Kansas Archives: on Foreign Policy


Dave Lindstrom: Focus of wars & alliances should be American interests

America should never go to war, nor form any alliance, without clearly identifiable benefits to the advancement and security of American interests. Dave supports President Trump's efforts to review foreign aid expenditures and to require allies to pay their fair share associated with common defense pacts and military operations. American tax dollars should be spent to further America's interests, not subsidize the interests of other countries with little associated American benefit.
Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website LindstromForSenate.com May 31, 2020

Dave Lindstrom: Support of Israel benefits US strategically & economically

Dave strongly supports America's long overdue recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Israel is our reliable ally in the Middle East region, providing not only a strategic relationship militarily, but Israel has also been an innovative economic partner that has contributed to our economy and benefitted Americans, particularly in field of medicine. It is a model relationship that is a clear illustration of America First foreign policy.
Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website LindstromForSenate.com May 31, 2020

Barbara Bollier: Diplomacy is our first line of defense in national security

Barbara knows that the best way to keep Americans safe is to remain a global leader and to continue to work closely with our international allies. Our allies multiply our strength and influence abroad and our diplomats work everyday to make Americans safer. Diplomacy is our first line of defense in national security.
Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website BollierForKansas.com May 28, 2020

Randall Batson: Strongly supports maintaining U.S. sovereignty from the U.N.

Q: Do you support or oppose maintaining U.S. sovereignty from the U.N.?

A: Strongly Support.

Source: Email interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Chad Taylor: Diplomatic solutions are always preferable

Q: How do you see the US role in the world?

A: The incumbent has had 18 years where he has not demonstrated leadership. He distrusts the United Nations; whereas we think there is nothing that can't be gained by having a conversation.

Q: Should we worry about maintaining US sovereignty under UN actions?

A: Sure, the US is sovereign from the UN, but we can still have conversations through the UN and other venues. Diplomatic solutions are always preferable.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Greg Orman: Eliminate our country's dependence on foreign creditors

For the US to retain its leadership in world affairs, we need to get our house in order domestically. The greatest threat to US. national security is our federal debt. We need to make hard choices to eliminate our country's dependence on foreign creditors. We also need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by developing domestic and renewable sources of energy. Doing so will not only strengthen our domestic economy, but will also reduce our economic exposure to volatile regions of the world.
Source: KSN.com Q&A on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jun 25, 2014

Charlie Hardy: Most military people want peace-making foreign policies

Homeland security requires a strong defense, and good foreign relations. But since 9/11, we have made more enemies than friends in the world. It's time for a new era of peacemaking and diplomacy.

I support a strong national defense, but I am also very anti-war. Wyoming is highly militarized, including many retired military personnel. Yet most military people I have met share my interest in peace-making foreign policies.

Source: DemocracyForAmerica.com on 2014 Kansas Senate race May 2, 2014

Pat Roberts: Opposed UN ban on discrimination against disabilities

Roberts has begun aligning himself with the most conservative elements of the Senate, after a career in the mainstream conservative tradition of fellow Kansans like Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum

Roberts opposed a United Nations treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities after being personally lobbied to support it by his predecessor, former Senator Kassebaum, and by former Senator Dole, who uses a wheelchair. Roberts said he did not trust the UN.

"I'm disappointed in Pat," said Kassebaum, referring to both the treaty vote and his larger reluctance to stand up to his party's right wing. "You're not sent there just to go whichever way the polls tell us."

Dole, who supports Roberts, acknowledged that his old friend's vote had irritated him "a little bit." "My view is we need to be a party of inclusion, and that includes moderates as well as conservatives," Dole said.

Roberts's aides candidly acknowledge that the moves [ensure against losing in a Tea Party primary].

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Kris Kobach: Limit foreign aid; decrease UN support; keep Cuba embargo

Source: 2004 Kansas Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Dick Cheney: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection

CIA Director Tenet rejected assertions by Cheney that Iraq had cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network. Tenet also rejected Cheney’s statements that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you what my interaction was . and what I did and didn’t do, except that you have to have confidence to know that when I believed that somebody was misconstruing intelligence, I said something about it.”
Source: [X-ref Tenet] Knight Ridder in Kansas City Star Mar 10, 2004

George Tenet: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection

CIA Director Tenet rejected assertions by Cheney that Iraq had cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network. Tenet also rejected Cheney’s statements that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you what my interaction was . and what I did and didn’t do, except that you have to have confidence to know that when I believed that somebody was misconstruing intelligence, I said something about it.”
Source: Knight Ridder in Kansas City Star Mar 10, 2004

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