State of Georgia Archives: on Foreign Policy


Michelle Nunn: Our military is but one element of our national power

We need to use all the tools at our disposal. It is imperative that we continue to play a role in preserving global order and promoting safety and prosperity when and where we can. But we don't need to shoulder this burden alone or rely exclusively on our military--we have a host of allies who share our interests and more tools at our disposal to accomplish our objectives than any other country.

I also believe that we should be judicious before employing the awesome power of America's military and sending our fighting men and women into harm's way on our behalf. Our military is but one element of our national power; we have significant resources, such as our economic strength, our global competitiveness, and our diplomatic power that allow us to secure our interests.

Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, MichelleNunn.com Jul 2, 2014

Karen Handel: FactCheck: Only $2.2M on USAID pottery in Morocco, not $27M

Handel has started an "Only in Washington" website highlighting government waste. Day 8's item: "Only in Washington would politicians spend $27 million to teach Moroccans how to make pottery. While Morocco is no doubt a lovely place, we have families in Georgia that are being hurt by high taxes fueling out of control spending. What's worse is that the program was deemed a failure."

The facts: In 2009, USAID began a $30 million, four-year plan to help increase the economic competitiveness of Morocco. A key part of the project included training Moroccans to create pottery to sell domestically as well as internationally. But the pottery program was riddled with problems and its intended focus on women and youths was not fulfilled. Of the $27 million, the pottery training was only a fraction of the cost--about 8% of the total program. Some may still consider that amount, $2.2 million, a large expense for pottery training and promotion, but it is not close to the $27 million that Handel claimed.

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Aug 7, 2013

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