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Dan Sullivan: 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

Dan Sullivan: 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

Sarah Palin: Peace Corps strengthens US ties abroad & enriches US at home

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Peace Corps” Jan 29, 2007

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