State of Minnesota Archives: on War & Peace


Steve Carlson: Eliminate Korean nuclear weapons by diplomacy or military

We must reform NATO and include Russia in G-8. We must eliminate nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula by diplomacy or military actions.
Source: KROC 1340-AM/96.9 FM on 2018 Minnesota Senate race Jul 5, 2019

Tina Smith: No War with Iran without Congressional OK

Constituent letter June, 2019: "I cosponsored Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. This bipartisan bill would prevent the President from using the military to strike Iran except with an express act of Congress authorizing such action or in response to an imminent threat to the United States from Iran. I will continue to be a strong advocate in Congress for seeking diplomatic solutions that reduce the risk of military conflict."
Source: MinnesotaPeaceProject.org on 2020 Minnesota Senate race Jun 1, 2019

Tina Smith: Voted to remove US armed forces from Yemen

Senator Smith voted for S.J.Res. 7 to remove US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Passed Senate on March 13, vetoed by President. 03.13.2019.

Senator Smith voted "yea" on a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certain defense articles and services. 06.20.2019

[Saudi Arabia led a bombing campaign in Yemen, using weapons supplied by the United States].

Source: MinnesotaPeaceProject.org on 2020 Minnesota Senate race Mar 13, 2019

Karin Housley: Pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal

Iran: Support Trump withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran's nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?

Smith: No. Says withdrawal doesn't reduce Iran's "threat the region & US national security interests"--& makes Iran more likely to develop a nuclear weapon.

Housley: Yes. Says "I applaud President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal & reimpose sanctions on the country."

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide Nov 1, 2018

Karin Housley: Supports Trump's prioritizing of American interests abroad

Currently, the United States has $696 billion for the 2018 military budget--similar numbers to World War II levels--and it's estimated the U.S. spent trillions of dollars on its various conflicts across the globe the prior decade.

Housley said she is in favor of maintaining a strong pipeline of funding for military initiatives. "Making sure that those who fight for our freedom have the tools to fight for our freedom, I think military spending is extremely important," Housley said. "I know Tina Smith would want to decrease our military spending."

In terms of foreign military policy, Housley praised Trump and said she supports his policies emphasizing national defense and prioritizing of American interests abroad--especially in comparison to former President Barack Obama, but also former President George W. Bush.

Source: Brainerd Dispatch: 2017-8 Minnesota Special Senate Election Jul 31, 2018

Steve Carlson: Denuclearization of North Korea will be end of Korean War

Denuclearization WILL happen, and it won't be just North Korea and it won't just be nuclear weapons. It will be the end of the Korean War. It involves realigning with China and Russia with our own influence in the region, and bringing hostilities in Asia to an end. It includes an economic future for those trapped in a North Korea system that is not working. It includes reuniting a society. Let's all support President Trump's drive to peace and his great team.
Source: CBS-4 Minnesota on 2020 Alabama Senate race Jul 24, 2018

Paula Overby: I support the Powell doctrine, not foreign entanglements

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: Strongly support--I support the Powell doctrine which was designed by the military command to prevent civilian leadership from long intractable counterinsurgency wars that certainly defines all of America's entanglements today. There is no foreseeable solution and no exit strategy.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate May 13, 2018

Tina Smith: Keep the Iran Nuclear Agreement in place

Senator Tina Smith released the following statement after President Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

"Iran must never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon. A withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, however, will do nothing to reduce that threat. The Iran deal was never perfect, but I am profoundly concerned that walking away from it with no legitimate basis for doing so is bad for our national security. It heightens the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon and heightens the ultimate risk of military conflict.

"This move also sends a message that the U.S. won't abide by our diplomatic agreements, and it risks serious backlash from the international community.

"President Trump says at the heart of the Iran deal was a fiction. That couldn't be further from the truth. There's always room to improve international relations and strengthen our current agreements--but not when we abandon the diplomatic structures we already have in place.

Source: 2017-8 Minnesota special election website smith.senate.gov May 8, 2018

Jim Newberger: Avoid foreign entanglements

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: Support.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate Mar 15, 2018

Tim Walz: Served overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

Upon his 1990 return from teaching in China, Tim served full time in the Army National Guard. He joined his battalion overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After 24 years in the Army National Guard, Command Sergeant Major Walz retired from the 1-125th Field Artillery Battalion in 2005. When he retired, Tim was the highest-ranking enlisted National Guard soldier in southern Minnesota.

"When I enlisted in the National Guard at the age of 17, I never imagined that I would serve for 24 years. I knew that I was ready to accept the responsibility that comes with serving our country. Over the years, I discovered that I had the capacity to lead--a duty that I strive to fulfill each and every day. The honor of serving alongside my neighbors in southern Minnesota was a privilege."

Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website WalzForGovernor.org May 2, 2017

Al Franken: Supported airstrikes in Syria to fight ISIS

Franken and McFadden agreed on combating the increasingly powerful Syrian group known as Islamic State through targeted airstrikes and arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels. Though McFadden lauded Franken's decision to vote with Obama on airstrikes, he chastised him for a lack of foreign policy strategy, and faulted him for not doing enough about terrorist recruitment at home in Minnesota. McFadden called Franken's efforts "a day late and a dollar short."

Franken countered that he pressed the FBI and US Justice Department to focus more resources to crack down on terrorist recruitment. Franken said McFadden last year ducked a question on what action to take after Syrian President Bashar Assad was believed to have used chemical weapons on his own people. "He refused to answer because it was a tough call," Franken said. "It is easy to score political points from the bleachers. This is a serious job. You've got to make real choices in real time."

Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate Oct 2, 2014

Mike McFadden: Lack of anti-ISIS strategy makes world more dangerous

McFadden released the following statement today in response to Pres. Obama's comment that "we don't have a strategy" to deal with ISIS, the terrorist organization creating chaos in Syria and Iraq:

"It's disappointing that President Obama says 'we don't have a strategy' to deal with ISIS even though the situation in Iraq remains unstable and our military is continuing with air strikes," said McFadden. "Between Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, we are seeing first hand the consequences of not having a coherent foreign policy agenda. It began in Benghazi and continues to this day with the rise of ISIS. Senator Franken has supported President Obama's foreign policy blunders every step of the way. He's kept his head down and supported a President who is making the world a more dangerous place. It's time for a change."

President Obama on ISIS: "'I don't want to put the cart before the horse,' Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. 'We don't have a strategy yet.'" (CNN, Aug. 29, 2014)

Source: 2014 Minnesota Senate campaign website, MikeMcFadden.com Sep 2, 2014

Amy Klobuchar: Work together with other countries to solve Iraq problem

KENNEDY: I’m very concerned when I hear Ms. Klobuchar say the answer is diplomacy, and that we ought to negotiate. With who? How are you going to negotiate with al Qaeda? How are you going to negotiate with Iranian-sponsored terrorists?

KLOBUCHAR: As of Thanksgiving, we’re going to have been in this war longer than WWII. If together with other countries we were able to solve that situation, we can work with others to solve this one.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Amy Klobuchar: Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out

Q: Do we need more troops in Iraq?

KENNEDY: We need to listen to the commanders in the field. If they say we need more troops, than I want to make sure they have more troops.

KLOBUCHAR: Iraq has devolved into a civil war. I believe it’s time to transition to Iraqi authority and let this government run its own country. The way you do this is not by adding more troops, or by saying that we’ll have the same number of troops in 2010. It’s by beginning to bring our troops home, or to redeploy them.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Must focus on victory in Iraq, not on retreat

Q: What next in Iraq?

KENNEDY: The real question is: Are we focusing on victory, and making sure that Iraq doesn’t become a sanctuary for terrorists to regroup and attack America again? Or are we focusing on how to retreat out of there as fast as we can? We’ve made mistakes in Iraq and no one likes war. But we need to understand how detrimental it would be to our security if we did not succeed in Iraq. That’s why I’m very concerned when I hear Ms. Klobuchar say the answer is diplomacy, and that we ought to negotiate. With who? How are you going to negotiate with al Qaeda? How are you going to negotiate with Iranian-sponsored terrorists?

FITZGERALD: This conflict cannot be solved with military action. The conflict needs the withdrawal of our troops immediately.

KLOBUCHAR: I believe it’s time to transition to Iraqi authority and let this government run its own country. The way you do this is not by adding more troops. It’s by beginning to bring our troops home, or to redeploy them.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Listen to military in Iraq, not politicians in Washington

Q: Do you think more troops in Iraq now is the answer?

KENNEDY: We need to listen to the commanders in the field. If they say we need more troops, than I want to make sure they have more troops. We ought not to be listening to Washington politicians. We ought to be listening to what the commanders in the field say is important for victory. I have visited Iraq three times, and I called for the Iraq Study Group [for that purpose].

FITZGERALD: I have not had the opportunity to have a taxpayer-funded junket to Iraq, but I have had the opportunity to talk to military families who have said that this is falling solely on their shoulders. This war is being fought with other people’s children, and is being fought with other people’s children’s money. We have borrowed every single dollar that we have sued to fight this war to the tune of $330 billion so far. That’s immoral and irresponsible government.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq war being fought with other’s people’s children

Q: Do you think more troops in Iraq now is the answer?

KENNEDY: We need to listen to the commanders in the field. If they say we need more troops, than I want to make sure they have more troops. We ought not to be listening to Washington politicians. We ought to be listening to what the commanders in the field say is important for victory. I have visited Iraq three times, and I called for the Iraq Study Group [for that purpose].

FITZGERALD: I have not had the opportunity to have a taxpayer-funded junket to Iraq, but I have had the opportunity to talk to military families who have said that this is falling solely on their shoulders. This war is being fought with other people’s children, and is being fought with other people’s children’s money. We have borrowed every single dollar that we have sued to fight this war to the tune of $330 billion so far. That’s immoral and irresponsible government.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate (X-ref Kennedy) Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq conflict can no longer be solved with military action

Q: What next in Iraq?

KENNEDY: We need to understand how detrimental it would be to our security if we did not succeed in Iraq. That’s why I’m very concerned when I hear Ms. Klobuchar say the answer is diplomacy, and that we ought to negotiate. With who? How are you going to negotiate with al Qaeda? How are you going to negotiate with Iranian-sponsored terrorists?

FITZGERALD: John McCain called for more troops a year-and-a-half ago, and I agreed with him at that time. An opportunity presented itself to quell the violence in Iraq. In the pigheadedness of this administration, they did not heed that call, and that opportunity has since passed. This conflict cannot be solved with military action. The conflict needs the withdrawal of our troops immediately.

KLOBUCHAR: I believe it’s time to transition to Iraqi authority and let this government run its own country. The way you do this is not by adding more troops. It’s by beginning to bring our troops home, or to redeploy them.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Reject “more-of-the-same” in Iraq; favor “adapt-to-win”

“I reject more of the same,” said Kennedy at a state Capitol news conference. He’s employing the latest incarnation of the GOP’s Iraq war policy. “I have always rejected more-of-the-same. I am not for stay-the-course. I am not for cut-and-run. I’m for adapt-to-win,” he said.

The now popular “adapt-to-win” language among Republicans is a phrase that the head of the Republican Party promoting late last summer as an alternative to President’s Bush’s often-repeated “stay the course.”

Source: Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Oct 26, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: We’re experiencing mission-creep in Iraq

We’re experiencing mission-creep in Iraq. We went over there to find weapons of mass destruction. We went over there, no, to tackle Saddam. No, we went over there to oversee elections. No, now we’re their to help the interim government. No, now we’re there to stand down when they stand up. That’s cute, but it’s not measurable goals and if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
Source: Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Oct 26, 2006

Norm Coleman: Supports strike on Iraq: Saddam is a menace

Coleman called Saddam Hussein the “world’s worst terrorist leader,” and said Hussein poses a grave threat to the world. “Saddam is a menace. His menace grows with each passing day. History will judge us harshly if knowing what we know, we fail to act with bipartisan solidarity to prevent the death of hundreds of thousands,” he said.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Election 2002 coverage Sep 23, 2002

Mark Dayton: Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level

I support providing aid to Israel - both military and economic - at its current level. And, I support and applaud Israel’s effort to become independent of our economic aid. We must maintain our goals of facilitating peace in the region, enhancing security and promoting Democratic ideals.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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