State of Rhode Island secondary Archives: on War & Peace

Allen Waters: Aggressively pursue terrorists; dismantle terrorist networks

Q: What should the US do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: We must aggressively pursue terrorists, dismantle terrorists' networks and eliminate the financial sources of strength and support that sustain them, and maintain sufficient pressure on terrorist organizations to stop them from reemerging. We must also defend the homeland by building strong borders, strengthening security at all U.S. ports of entry, and facilitating preparedness and vigilance.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Rhode Island Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Allen Waters: Clean up the poorly managed Veterans Affairs department

There are few things more shameful in America than the sorry state of Veterans Affairs from the waste, fraud and abuse, to the seemingly neverending news of poor treatment of the men and women who have served us in the Armed Forces. America belongs to the people, and it is time for our elected politicians in Congress to do the business of the people and clean up the swamp of poorly managed government departments like VA.
Source: 2020 Rhode Island Senate campaign website Jun 17, 2020

Bob Flanders: Intervene militarily if vital interest at stake, like nukes

Q: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?

A: Yes, if needed to support America's vital interests in the region.

Source: Rhode Island VoteSmart 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

Bobby Nardolillo: Supports Afghanistan war but not forever

Nardolillo acknowledged the difficulty in achieving goals that include: staying in Afghanistan "forever" and not leaving until the government can withstand challenges from the Taliban, between staying until the situation is conclusive rather than "inconc
Source: Providence Journal on 2018 Rhode Island Senate race Sep 11, 2017

Sheldon Whitehouse: More troops in Afghanistan OK but revisit later

Whitehouse, who visited Afghanistan on July 4, said he does not object to the slight increase in troop levels in light of factors that include voter participation of Afghans, improved conditions for women, the recommendations of military leaders and U.S. national security interests in denying safe havens to terrorists.

He said he would continue to look at the situation. "If it looks like the military is right and it's successful, good," the senator said. "If not, we'll have to revisit it."

Source: Providence Journal on 2018 Rhode Island Senate race Sep 11, 2017

Jack Reed: Coalition to stop Syrian WMDs, but nothing more militarily

Q: On the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, they're going to let the inspectors in. Does that make any difference?

REED: It will help because one of the first things that we have to do is verify, although there is increasing evidence that the Assad regime conducted a horrific attack on its own people, but we have to verify that it was directed by the Assad regime. Because that will allow us to build an international coalition, which is absolutely necessary to take any further steps in Syria.

Q: What do you think the president ought to do?

REED: He has to be careful about defining what is our objective. I believe our objective is to make it prohibitive for any country to use chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction. So a military option that would be limited to that point is something that he should be thinking about very carefully. But I think we can't let ourselves get into a situation where this becomes a springboard for a general military operation in Syria.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Aug 25, 2013

Jack Reed: Red line in Syria if chemical weapons used against people

Q: In Syria, should there be a no-fly zone? And do we really know who the rebels are?

REED: We don't have a good sense of who is on the ground. A no-fly zone could be feasible from an operational standpoint.

Q: What would it accomplish?

REED: It might not accomplish a great deal, but it would give us a step further to our engagement in a very complicated civil war. I think the best approach is a diplomatic approach at this point.

RADDATZ: What about the "red line" and evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons?

REED: I think we have to take it very seriously. We do have to be careful, though, because we've had situations in the past where we've acted on information that was incomplete, and frankly, to the detriment of our country.

Q: Should Obama have drawn that red line?

REED: I think he should have made it clear, as he did, that the systemic use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people is something the international community cannot tolerate.

Source: ABC This Week 2013 on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race May 12, 2013

Jack Reed: More pressure on Iran; keep all options on the table

Q: What's it going to take to prevent an armed conflict with Iran this year over their nuclear program?

REED: It's going to take increased pressure, economically, and that's why the issue of multilateral sanctions is so critical. Up until we enlisted under President Obama, the entire world or significant parts of it in putting pressure on the Iranians, they were not at all responsive. We have to continue that pressure. Also, they have elections scheduled for June. We hope we it will shape it in a positive way, that they will back down from their aspirations for nuclear technology and nuclear weapons. But the first issue is keep the pressure on. We need every option on the table. We have to assess all those options.

Source: ABC This Week 2013 on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Jan 13, 2013

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