Tommy Thompson on War & Peace
Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI)
Responding to questions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Thompson noted he'd helped build a hospital in Afghanistan for women and children. Baldwin called building hospitals a part of "nation building." However, both candidates favored ending the war in Afghanistan.
Mark Neumann: Yes
Tommy Thompson: Yes
THOMPSON: I differ with Senator Brownback. They can’t even decide in parliament in Iraq whether or not they’re going to be able to take a month or six weeks off for summer. How will they ever decide three particular divisions? They’ve already got that country divided into 18 states that have been there since 1921. And if, in fact, you’re going to elect people, why don’t you a elect state leader, like you do in Iowa, like we do in Wisconsin, all over America? And those individual governments will be Shiite, Sunnis and Kurds. And it will stop the civil war.
A: The first thing the president should do is demand the al-Maliki government to vote as to whether or not they want the United States to stay in Iraq. We’ve been there four years. Give the government the responsibility of voting. If they vote yes, how are they going to help us win this war? And if they vote no, we should redeploy our forces outside.
A: It’s time for the al-Maliki government to vote whether or not they want us to stay in their country or go home. Secondly, if in fact they do allow the 18 territories, which, geographically defined, allow them to elect their leaders like we elect the 50 governors in the US, they will feel that they have a stake in their government. And if you split the oil revenues--one-third to the federal government, one-third to the territories, and one-third to every man, woman and child--then they’ll start using that money for peace and for building businesses and making sure they build their country. That’s why my plan will work, and it will win the peace in Iraq.
A: First, you have to support the troops. Beyond that, there are 3 things that I have laid out.
They didn’t even have light bulbs. And he was depriving children with cancer from drugs so that they would drive up the infant mortality, so he could blame the US for the blockade. It was just an insidious example of a maniac that has really tried to ruin this great country. And now we’re trying to rebuild it.
And I got to tell you, it’s coming around. And the people, the doctors, and the people are so supportive.
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