Cynthia Thielen on War & Peace


Supported invasion of Iraq, but we need a post-war strategy

At the Monday news conference on her appointment, Thielen said she could not say how she would have voted on the war in Iraq because she did not have the same information Congress was given at the time. Thielen said she would have supported the initial invasion but believes the United States did not have an adequate post-war strategy.
Source: Honolulu Advertiser Oct 1, 2006

Cannot support war in Iraq unless we make changes

I want to succeed in Iraq. I want to succeed so that the sacrifice of our troops in Iraq has not been in vain. I want to succeed because the example of a functioning democracy in the Middle East would be a powerful example in that part of the world.

But if we do not make the changes that are essential to success, I can not support the war in Iraq. I am unwilling to ask our men and women to give up their lives when our leadership is giving them no chance of success.

Source: Campaign website, www.cynthiathielen.com, "Issues" Sep 30, 2006

Orderly withdrawal from Iraq; focus on winning War on Terror

In Iraq I think it is quite possible that enough of the Shia and Sunni are determined to fight, that they are going to have their civil war no matter what we do. If we have no chance of success, then our only alternative is to plan for an orderly and efficient withdrawal of our troops. I do not support an immediate evacuation without a plan. Our lack of post-invasion planning wreaked havoc on both Iraqi civilians and our troops. I cannot support repeating that mistake and condemning innocent Iraqi families to chaos. Any withdrawal must be conducted under an orderly plan that seeks to minimize loss of life and provide places of refuge.

We need to remember that, we must win the Global War on Terror. Iraq is only one battle in that war and like New York in the Revolutionary War, Charleston in the Civil War, and Rabul and Truk in WWII, we can choose not to fight battles that aren't worth their cost and instead put our efforts into winning the war.

Source: Campaign website, www.cynthiathielen.com, "Issues" Sep 30, 2006

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