State of Alaska Archives: on Foreign Policy
Inaction has its own consequences: keep options on the table
When asked about a decision he wished he had back again, Begich said he had second thoughts about his "gung ho" support, earlier in his tenure, for additional resources and personnel in Afghanistan. He said he's not sure that was the right course
given the loss of lives and financial costs. He said that has caused him to look at conflicts in a different way.
Begich said a more comprehensive strategy is needed to fight the Islamic State extremists, which Sullivan agrees with.
Begich said he supports air strikes but not U.S. forces on the ground in an offensive way.
Sullivan said there's a misperception that those in the military want to be on the ground in conflicts. "What I want do is defend my country," he said.
Begich has been for taking options off the table, he said. "Inaction has its own consequences, as well," Sullivan said to applause.
Source: K. C. Star on 2014 Alaska Senate debate
Oct 30, 2014
Served as assistant secretary of state under Condi Rice
Treadwell also got in a slight dig against Sullivan, an Ohio Native whose residency has been controversial because he lived in Alaska for five years starting in
1997 before moving away to become a White House fellow, serve an active-duty stint in the U.S. Marines, and eventually, work in Washington, D.C., as an assistant secretary of state under Condoleezza Rice.
Sullivan returned in 2009 to serve as attorney general under former Gov. Sarah Palin. "Dan, this is before you were here,"
Treadwell said as he described his efforts to bring a missile defense base to Alaska.
Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race
Jan 27, 2014
Peace Corps strengthens US ties abroad & enriches US at home
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Peace Corps”
Jan 29, 2007
- The Peace Corps has become an enduring symbol of our nation’s commitment to encourage progress, create opportunity, and expand development at the grass-roots level in the developing world.
- More than 187,000 Americans have served as Peace
Corps volunteers in 139 countries since 1961 [including] 837 men and women from the State of Alaska.
- Peace Corps volunteers have strengthened the ties of friendship and understanding among the people of the US and those of other countries.
Peace Corp volunteers, enriched by their experiences overseas, have brought to their communities throughout the US, a deeper understanding of other cultures and traditions, thereby bringing a domestic dividend to our nation.
- NOW, THEREFORE, I,
Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim February 26-March 4, 2007, as: Peace Corps Week in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the achievements of the Peace Corps.
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