Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate: on War & Peace


Bobby Jindal: Don't change hearts & minds; kill the terrorists

Q: August 8th marks one year since the strikes began against ISIS. A Marine Corps general says, "One year later, that fight is at a stalemate." How would your fight against ISIS be different?

JINDAL: We've got a president who says, "we're going to change hearts and minds." Well, you know what? Sometimes you win a war by killing murderous, evil terrorists. We're going to take the political handcuffs off the military. We will arm and train the Kurds. We will work with our Sunni allies. They know we will be committed to victory. We had this failed red line with Assad and it discouraged folks that want to help us on the ground. Finally, we'll take off the political handcuffs. We'll go to the Congress. This president has gone to Congress and said "give me a three-year deadline, give me a ban on ground troops." I'm going to go to the commanders and say give me a plan to win. You can't send your troops into harm's way unless you give them every opportunity to be successful.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Ok to deal with Iran, but with anytime/anywhere inspections

Q: Critics of the Iran nuclear deal say that it puts America on the same side as the largest state sponsor of Hamas & Hezbollah, but our traditional allies, led by Saudi Arabia, have also funneled support to Islamic radical groups.

PERRY [Video clip]: I will tell you one thing: I would whole lot rather had Carly Fiorina over there doing our negotiation than John Kerry. Maybe we would've gotten a deal where we didn't give everything away.

Q: Are you OK with us being on their side?

FIORINA: Yeah. Sometimes it's a complicated situation, but some things are black and white. On day one in the Oval Office, I would make two phone calls. The first one would be to the Israeli Prime Minister that we will stand with the State of Israel. The second will be to the supreme leader of Iran, and the message is this: Until you open every nuclear and every military facility to full, open, anytime/anywhere inspections, we are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Provide materiel to Jordan, & intel to Egypt, to fight ISIL

Q: Would you help our allies in the Middle East get nuclear weapons if Iran has them?

FIORINA: I would hold a Camp David summit with our Arab allies, not to talk them into this lousy deal with Iran, but to say to them, "what is it that you need to defeat ISIL?" You know, Obama has presented the American people with a false choice every time: "It's what I've done or not done, or it's war." It is a false choice. King Abdullah of Jordan has been asking for bombs and materiel. We have not provided them. He has gone to China. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years. We haven't done so. The Egyptians have asked us to share intelligence. We're not doing it. We have Arab allies. They are not perfect. But they need to see leadership, support and resolve from the United States of America, and we can help them defeat ISIS.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Donald Trump: Opposed Iraq war in 2004 & predicted Mideast destabilization

In July of 2004, I came out strongly against the war with Iraq, because it was going to destabilize the Middle East. And I'm the only one on this stage that knew that and had the vision to say it. And that's exactly what happened. And the Middle East became totally destabilized.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Donald Trump: Disgraceful deal gives Iran a lot & gets nothing for us

Q: On Obama's Iranian nuclear deal?

TRUMP: I would be so different from what you have right now. Like, the polar opposite. We have a president who doesn't have a clue. I would say he's incompetent, but I don't want to do that because that's not nice. But if you look at the deals we make, whether it's the nuclear deal with 24 hour periods--and by the way, before you get to the 24 hours, you have to go through a system. You look at Sgt. Bergdahl, we get Bergdahl, a traitor, and they get 5 of the big, great killer leaders that they want. We have people in Washington that don't know what they're doing. Now, with Iran, we're making a deal, you would say, we want out our prisoners. We want all these things, and we don't get anything. We're giving them $150 billion dollars plus. I'll tell you what, if Iran was a stock, you folks should go out and buy it right now because you'll quadruple--this, what's happening in Iran, is a disgrace, and it's going to lead to destruction in large portions of the world

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

George Pataki: Risking American lives is necessary to destroy ISIS

I was governor of New York on 9/11. We are at greater risk today than at any time since then of another attack. We have got to destroy their training camps over there before they can attack us here. I don't agree that we're going to occupy and spend another decade or a trillion dollars. What we need to do is destroy their ability to attack us here over there, and then get out. I would not place one American life at risk unless it was absolutely necessary. But to destroy ISIS, it is necessary.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Jeb Bush: To honor those who died in Iraq, take out ISIS & stop Iran

Q: To the families of those who died in the Iraq war who say they liberated and deposed a ruthless dictator, how do you look at them now and say that your brother's war was a mistake?

BUSH: I wouldn't have gone in; however, for the people that did lose their lives, and the families that suffer because of it--I know this full well because as governor of the state of Florida, I called every one of them. Every one of them that I could find to tell them that I was praying for them, that I cared about them, this: To honor the people that died, we need to stop the Iran agreement, for sure, because the Iranian mullahs have their blood on their hands, and we need to take out ISIS with every tool at our disposal.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Jeb Bush: Iraq invasion was a mistake; but now we can't abandon them

Q: You struggled to answer a question about whether knowing what we know now, we would've invaded Iraq. You finally said, "No." Was your brother's war was a mistake?

BUSH: Knowing what we know now, with faulty intelligence, and not having security be the first priority when we invaded, it was a mistake. When Obama became president, he abandoned Iraq. When he left Al Qaida was done for. ISIS was created because of the void that we left, and that void now exists as a caliphate the size of Indiana.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Jim Gilmore: Create a Middle East NATO to fight both Iran and ISIL

On the issue of ISIS versus Iran: It is Iran that's the expansionist power. ISIL is trying to create themselves into a new state. Our job has to be to recognize the conflict between the two. I have proposed there be a Middle East NATO so that we can combine our allies there to stand up to Iranian expansion, and at the same time join together to begin to stop and this ISIL thing before it becomes an actual state.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Lindsey Graham: Whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat ISIL

Q: You called for 20,000 American troops in Syria and Iraq. Why should the American people after two wars in Iraq sacrifice yet again on a third war?

GRAHAM: If we don't stop them over there, they are coming here just as sure as I stand here in front of you. One thing I want to be clear about tonight. If you're running for president of the United States & you don't understand that we need more American ground forces in Iraq and that America has to be part of a regional ground force that will go into Syria and destroy ISIL in Syria, then you're not ready to be commander in chief. And you're not serious about destroying ISIL. According to the generals that I know and trust, this air campaign will not destroy ISIL. We need a ground force in Iraq and Syria, and America has to be part of that ground force. Syria's becoming a perfect platform to strike our nation. I've got a very simple strategy as your president against ISIL. Whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat them.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Mike Huckabee: Iran threatens Israel & America; take them seriously

The president can't tell you what we got [with the Iranian nuclear deal]. I'll tell you what the world got. The world has a burgeoning nuclear power that didn't, as the Soviets, say "we might defend ourselves in a war." What the Iranians have said is, "we will wipe Israel off the face of the map, and we will bring death to America." When someone points a gun at your head and loads it, by God, you ought to take them seriously, and we need to take that seriously.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rand Paul: Negotiate with Iran, but from a position of strength

Q [to Gov. Walker]: You've said that you would tear up the Iran deal on day one.

WALKER: You terminate the deal on day one, you put in place even more crippling sanctions..

Q: Senator Paul, would you tear up the deal on day one?

PAUL: I oppose the Iranian deal, and will vote against it. I don't think that the president negotiated from a position of strength, but I don't immediately discount negotiations. I'm a Reagan conservative. Reagan did negotiate with the Soviets. But you have to negotiate from a position of strength, and I think President Obama gave away too much, too early. If there's going to be a negotiation, you're going to have to believe somehow that the Iranians are going to comply. I asked this question to John Kerry, I said "do you believe they're trustworthy?" and he said "No." And I said, "well, how are we gonna get them to comply?" I would have never released the sanctions before there was consistent evidence of compliance.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rick Perry: Not just no nuclear deal funding Iran, but "Hell no"

Q: Critics of the Iran deal say that it puts America on the same side as the largest state sponsor of Hamas & Hezbollah, but our traditional allies, led by Saudi Arabia, have also funneled support to Islamic radical groups who want to kill Americans. So which side do you believe we should be on?

PERRY: We need to be on the side that keeps Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. That's the side we need to be on, and that's the side of the bulk of the Middle East. We need to have some coalitions in that part of the world to go after ISIS, but we also need to send a clear message. And hopefully we use Congress to cut this funding. The issue for us is to have a Congress that stands up and says not only "no," but "Hell no" to this money going to a regime that is going to use it for terror. We need to stand up and strongly and clearly tell the ayatollah that the first thing that I will do is tear up that agreement with Iran.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rick Perry: Tear up Iranian nuclear deal on Day One, then use White-Out

Q: Your first executive order would be in the White House would be what?

PERRY: It'll be a pretty busy day, but that Iran negotiation is going to be torn up on day one. We're going to start the process of securing that border. I'm also going to take a bottle of White-Out with me to get started on all those executive orders that Mr. Obama has put his name to.

Q: That will be a long day.

PERRY: It will be a long day.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Scott Walker: Undo Iran nuclear deal on Day One; keep sanctions instead

Q: You've said that you would tear up the Iran deal on day one. If this deal is undone, what then?

WALKER: Well, I still remember, as a kid, tying a yellow ribbon around a tree in front of my house during the 444 days that Iran held 52 Americans hostage. Iran is not a place we should be doing business with. To me, you terminate the deal on day one, you reinstate the sanctions authorized by Congress, you go to Congress and put in place even more crippling sanctions in place, and then you convince our allies to do the same. This is not just bad with Iran, this is bad with ISIS. It is tied together, and, once and for all, we need a leader who's gonna stand up and do something about it. It's yet another example of the failed foreign policy of the Obama-Clinton doctrine.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Scott Walker: Send weapons to Ukraine; & missile defense to Poland

Q: Have Russia and China committed cyber war?

WALKER: For the cyber attack with Russia the other day, it's sad to think right now, but probably the Russian & Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton's e-mail server than do the members of the United States Congress.

Q: What would you do if Russian President Vladimir Putin started a campaign to destabilize NATO allies Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, mirroring the actions Putin took in the early days of Ukraine?

WALKER: Putin believes in the old Lenin adage: you probe with bayonets. When you find mush, you push. When you find steel, you stop. Under Obama and Clinton, we found a lot of mush over the last two years. We need to have a national security that puts steel in front of our enemies. I would send weapons to Ukraine. I would work with NATO to put forces on the eastern border of Poland and the Baltic nations, and I would reinstate, put in place back in the missile defense system that we had in Poland and in the Czech Republic.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Ted Cruz: If you wage jihad on America, you sign your death warrant

Q: You asked the chairman of the joint chiefs: "What would it take to destroy ISIS in 90 days?" He told you "ISIS will only be truly destroyed once they are rejected by the populations in which they hide." And then you accused him of pushing Medicaid for the Iraqis.

CRUZ: When I asked that to General Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs, he said there is no military solution. We need to change the conditions on the ground so that young men are not in poverty and susceptible to radicalization. That, with all due respect, is nonsense. It's the same answer the State Department gave that we need to give them jobs. What we need is a commander in chief that makes clear, if you join ISIS, if you wage jihad on America, then you are signing your death warrant. I introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act that said if any American travels to the Middle East and joins ISIS, that he or she forfeits their citizenship so they don't use a passport to come back and wage jihad on Americans.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

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