State of Iowa Archives: on Homeland Security


Joni Ernst: Military experience always plays role in decision-making

Ernst highlighted her experience in the Iowa National Guard, having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2004. "As a leader in the Iowa Guard, I've experienced first hand the challenges these lengthy and difficult missions bring to our troops and their families," Ernst said. "Experiences such as these will always play a role in my decision-making process on any related national policy."
Source: KMA Land, 99.1 FM on 2014 Iowa Senate race Jan 2, 2014

Chet Culver: More funding for veteran's jobs, homes, and education

During the Governor's first three years in office, Governor Culver signed legislation to help National Guard members complete their education, to protect veterans from losing their jobs or their homes when they are called-up for military service, and to expand and renovate Iowa's veterans' home. Legislation included:
Source: 2014 Iowa gubernatorial campaign website, ChetCulver.com Dec 20, 2013

Sam Clovis: Military holds a special place in fabric of American society

Today, we Americans enjoy the protection of the greatest military force ever assembled. We continue to attract into our armed services the very best young men and women who sacrifice so much to make sure we are safe. My father was a veteran. I am a veteran and my son and daughter-in-law are veterans. The military holds a special place in my life and in the fabric of American society. I was honored to have served this nation and will, as a Senator, work tirelessly to ensure our military forces have the best equipment & training available.

Today, we face a staggering economy. Through the ill-conceived sequestration apparatus in place today, we are taking half of the required spending cuts out of the Department of Defense. There is little we can do about the sequestration structure now, but as a Senator, I would fight to make sure that our military readiness received top priority.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Iowans4SamClovis.com, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Joni Ernst: Keep veterans in forefront of all foreign policy decisions

Joni Ernst, a state senator from Red Oak who serves as a commander in the Iowa Army National Guard, remarked that what drives her is a desire to protect Iowa values from federal overreach. Ernst choked up when she spoke about the military service of her family members and all the Iowa soldiers who have served in the Middle East. She said she will always keep them in the forefront of her mind as she makes foreign policy decisions in Congress.
Source: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on 2014 Iowa Senate race Sep 23, 2013

Joni Ernst: Strong national defense makes the world is a safer place

Joni believes in a strong national defense because she knows the world is a safer place when America is the strongest nation on the planet. She believes that military readiness cannot be allowed to fall victim to Washington politics or bureaucratic maneuvering. Joni also believes that American foreign policy must be consistent and strong--never giving our enemies hesitation as to America's resolve to defend herself and her interests across the globe, whether by diplomatic means or use of force.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" Sep 9, 2013

Joni Ernst: I'm a veteran; honor and care for our nation's veterans

Honoring America's Heroes: Our Veterans: As a Lt. Colonel and battalion commander in the Iowa Army National Guard, Joni knows first-hand the incredible service, and sacrifices, our men and women in uniform have given, and continue to provide, our great nation. In the senate, she will fight as hard for them, and their families, as they have fought for us. That means caring for wounded warriors, streamlining the VA benefit system, improving veteran education and job training programs, and accounting for all military personnel, from every avenue, to ensure no soldier, sailor, airmen, marine or coastguardsmen is ever left behind.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" Sep 9, 2013

Ron Paul: 17,000 troops for Baghdad embassy? Come home!

Q: Would you extend the payroll tax cut, and what about the Social Security Trust Fund?

A: I want to extend the tax cut, because if you don't, you raise the taxes. But I want to pay for it. And it's not that difficult. In my proposed budget, I want to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from overseas. The trust fund is gone. But how are we going to restore it? We have to quit the spending. We have to quit this being the policemen of the world. We don't need another war in Syria and another war in Iran. Just get rid of the embassy in Baghdad. We're pretending we're coming home from Baghdad. We built an embassy there that cost a billion dollars and we're putting 17,000 contractors in there, pretending our troops are coming home. I could save [billions] and we don't have to raise payroll taxes.

Source: Yahoo's "Your Voice Your Vote" debate in Iowa Dec 10, 2011

Michele Bachmann: No Miranda rights for terrorists; expand Guantanamo

Q: You say that we don't win the war on terror by closing Guantanamo and reading Miranda rights to terrorists. Rep. Paul says terrorism suspects have committed a crime and should be given due process in civilian courts. Why is he wrong?

BACHMANN: Because terrorists who commit acts against US citizens, people who are from foreign countries who do that, do not have any rights under our Constitution, nor Miranda rights. We've also seen that Guantanamo Bay has yielded significant information. In fact, we've learned that that led to the capture and the killing of bin Laden. This is a tool that we need to have in order to be able to prostitute the new type of war, the new type of warfare, and the new type of terrorists that this country is dealing with.

PAUL: She turns our rule of law on its head. I thought our courts recognized that you had to be tried. We've brought nearly 300 individuals from Pakistan and other places, given them a trial in this country, and put them in prison.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa Aug 11, 2011

Ron Paul: Neither Dems nor GOP will cut one nickel from militarism

Q: What would you do for the economy that could pass through a divided Congress?

A: You have to allow liquidation of debt, eliminate the malinvestment. Then you go back and you can get growth again by having a better tax structure, lower taxes, invite capital back into this country, get a lot less regulations. And under those conditions, you can have growth again.

Q: And you can get it through a divided Congress?

A: Well... the divided Congress will exist for a long time to come. Yes, you would have to get it through a--you'd have to get it through a divided Congress. But the one thing is, if you approach it constitutionally and if you approach it on the principles of liberty, you can bring people together. If we have to cut, maybe we wouldn't be so--so determined that you can't cut one nickel out of the militarism around the world. Neither the Democrats or the Republicans want to cut that. So if you want to cut, you have to put the militarism on the table, as well.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa Aug 11, 2011

Ron Paul: Many terrorists have been properly tried in US courts

Q: [to Bachmann]: Rep. Paul says terrorism suspects have committed a crime and should be given due process in civilian courts. Why is he wrong?

BACHMANN: Because terrorists who are from foreign countries who commit acts against US citizens do not have any rights under our Constitution.

PAUL: She turns our rule of law on its head. She says that the terrorists don't deserve protection under our courts, but, therefore, a judgment has to be made. They're ruled a terrorist. Who rules them a terrorist? I thought our courts recognized that you had to be tried. And we've done this. We've brought individuals back from Pakistan and other places. We've given them a trial in this country, near 300, we tried and put them in prison. So this idea that we have to reject the rule of law, when you assume somebody is a terrorist, they can be targeted for assassination, even American citizens, that affects all of us eventually. You don't want to translate our rule of law into mob rule.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa Aug 11, 2011

Terry Branstad: Exempt active-duty military from paying state income tax

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following legislation into law:

House File 652: An act providing an exemption from the computation of the individual state income tax of all pay received for active duty military service and service in Operation New Dawn and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.

Source: 2011 Iowa Gubernatorial press release May 11, 2011

Roxanne Conlin: Opposes 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan

We are at war with Al Quaeda because they attacked us on Sept. 11. Since we began our occupation of Afghanistan, we have made great strides, but Al Quaeda has dispersed into Pakistan and other countries. We need better cooperation and accountability from the Afghani government. We need a narrowly focused mission, with clear, measurable goals for success. We cannot write a blank check. I appreciate Pres. Obama's attempts to focus our mission but I oppose the addition of 30,000 more troops.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, roxanneforiowa.com, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Christopher Reed: Opposes the draft; all-volunteer force is best

I wouldnít be for a draft. We have an all volunteer force and itís the greatest fighting force in the world. I think a draft tends to take the well-to-do and the connected people who have a way to get out of it--we have an all volunteer force right now a
Source: Interview with Dean Borg, ďIowa PressĒ on Iowa Public TV Jun 6, 2008

Barack Obama: Give 18-year-old women opportunity to serve

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service?

DODD: I donít see a need for the draft. I donít believe that is necessary. But if you are going to have one I think it ought to be gender neutral.

Q: If it did not necessarily mean military service, should the country examine registering women at 18?

CLINTON: Yes.

EDWARDS: Yes. But itís absolutely crucial that we ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war. As with John Kennedyís call to action, I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice.

KUCINICH: We have to say no to a draft.

BIDEN: Yes ,and there should be universal service.

OBAMA: Yes. Every young person should have that opportunity to serve and do something that is bigger than themselves.

RICHARDSON: Yes. And I outlined a plan two years of college tuition paid off by the government, one year of national service

Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

Bill Richardson: 2 years of college tuition for 1 year of national service

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service, & whether we ought to re-examine how we go about asking young people for their service to the country

A: My answer is yes. I outlined a plan: two years of college tuition paid off by the government, one year of national service. When it comes to the country sacrificing, and the people sacrificing, I sense that we need to pull together.

Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

Chris Dodd: Strong advocate of universal national service

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service, & whether we ought to re-examine how we go about asking young people for their service to the country

A: Iím the only candidate here who has articulated a large national service program. I served in the Peace Corps back in the 1960s. I joined because an American president asked me to. He invited a generation of us to be involved in things larger than ourselves. I donít see a need for the draft. I donít believe that is necessary. But if you are going to have one I think it ought to be gender neutral. But I believe we ought to do what Maryland has done. Maryland has a requirement that every high school student commit 100 hours of public service in your community. Iíd like that to be a part of every community. So Iím a very strong advocate of universal national service--not required, but extending that invitation to people be involved.

Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

Dennis Kucinich: National service yes; military draft no

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service?

A: I think we need to move this country away from militarism and away from war as an instrument of policy, and reach out to our young people as John Kennedy did, and said ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. There are many different ways to serve. One is in the military--thatís honorable service, but at this time, when we have our young people in Iraq in a war based on lies, and we have this country preparing to go to war against Iran, I think that we have to say no to a draft, and put in the context that America must change its direction. If [service] means anything it should mean a new direction for America away from war and towards giving our young people a real future where they can use all their talents and ability serving in many different capacities.

Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Examine registering 18-year-old women for selective service

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service?

DODD: I donít see a need for the draft. I donít believe that is necessary. But if you are going to have one I think it ought to be gender neutral.

Q: If it did not necessarily mean military service, should the country examine registering women at 18?

CLINTON: Yes.

EDWARDS: Yes. But itís absolutely crucial that we ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war. As with John Kennedyís call to action, I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice.

KUCINICH: We have to say no to a draft.

BIDEN: Yes ,and there should be universal service.

OBAMA: Yes. Every young person should have that opportunity to serve and do something that is bigger than themselves.

RICHARDSON: Yes. And I outlined a plan two years of college tuition paid off by the government, one year of national service

Source: [Xref Obama] 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

Joe Biden: Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service, & whether we ought to re-examine how we go about asking young people for their service to the country

A: The answer is yes. In 1988, [we in Congress] not only introduced a bill for mandatory universal service, but you get to pick one of three things: if you chose the army, itís six months; if you chose a domestic Peace Corps, itís two years; if you chose foreign Peace Corps, you only have to do it a year. Everyone man and woman when they get to be eighteen they can chose what they want, but there should be universal service unless there is an extreme physical disability.

Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

John Edwards: I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice

Q: Teenage boys must register for selective service at age 18, but not girls. Iím wondering whether this sends the right message about national service?

DODD: I donít see a need for the draft. I donít believe that is necessary. But if you are going to have one I think it ought to be gender neutral.

Q: If it did not necessarily mean military service, should the country examine registering women at 18?

CLINTON: Yes.

EDWARDS: Yes. But itís absolutely crucial that we ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war. As with John Kennedyís call to action, I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice.

KUCINICH: We have to say no to a draft.

BIDEN: Yes ,and there should be universal service.

OBAMA: Yes. Every young person should have that opportunity to serve and do something that is bigger than themselves.

RICHARDSON: Yes. And I outlined a plan two years of college tuition paid off by the government, one year of national service

Source: [Xref Obama] 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007

John McCain: Radical Islamic extremism is a hydra-headed challenge

I firmly believe that the challenge of the 21st century is the struggle against radical Islamic extremism. It is a transcendent issue. It is hydra-headed. It will be with us for the rest of the century. I have served my nation and my country and the people of this country for all of my adult life. I am the most prepared. I have been involved in these issues. I have served this nation in the military and in the Congress, and Iím the best prepared and need no on-the-job training to meet that challenge
Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Dems donít say ďIslamicĒ but do say ďterrorismĒ

Giuliani accused Democratic candidates of ďappeasementĒ toward Islamic terrorists out of ďpolitical correctness.Ē Giuliani said, ďIn four Democratic debates, not a single Democratic candidate said the word ĎIslamic terrorism.í Now, that is taking political correctness to extremes. You do not achieve peace through weakness and appeasement.Ē

Giuliani is correct that in four debates the Democratic candidates have not uttered the words ďIslamic terrorismĒ together, and have generally avoided making critical comments about Muslims. But Giuliani is wrong to imply that the Democrats have failed to address terrorism. Here is a sampling of what leading Democratic candidates said in one debate on June 3:

Source: FactCheck on 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Carol Moseley-Braun: Color-coded warnings are no substitute for diplomacy

Q: Do you support the governmentís threat warning system?

A: No. Duct tape, plastic sheeting and color codes are no substitute for diplomacy and for engaging our country in a global fight, a real fight against terrorism. This administration has pandered to fear. The color-coded system is just part and parcel of that. I think weíd be much better served to have the support for first responders, police & fire, our hospital systems, to protect our infrastructure, to give people a sense of security.

Source: Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Jan 11, 2004

John Kerry: Bush misused the authority Congress gave him

Q: Was Dean wrong to oppose the war?

A: Certainly not in its current status. But he has had it both ways. On October 6th, five days before we voted in the Senate, Governor Dean took a public position supporting the Biden-Lugar resolution, which gave authority to the president of the United States to go to war if he found that the diplomatic effort had been exhausted and all he had to do was write a letter. We voted to do it the right way. This president chose to do it the wrong way.

Source: Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Jan 11, 2004

John Kerry: Color-coded warning system needs to be changed

Q: Do you support the governmentís threat warning system?

A: No, I would change it. I think a lot of Americans are desperately trying to figure out what the codes mean, what the colors mean. Theyíre kind of struggling to figure out what it means. I think Americans deserve something better. This president is actually playing to the culture of fear in our country. The war on terror is far less of a military operation and far more of an intelligence-gathering, law-enforcement operation.

Source: Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Jan 11, 2004

Joseph Lieberman: Intelligence system must be reformed

Q: Do you support the governmentís threat warning system?

A: What Iím concerned about is whatís behind the Bush administration color-coded system. They have still not reformed our intelligence system as they should have. They have still not coordinated watch lists. Iím the only one on this stage who drafted the original homeland security bill. We have something to fear, but if we pull together with tough leadership, we can give the American people a sense of confidence about their security.

Source: Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Jan 11, 2004

Joseph Lieberman: Win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world

Q: How you could declare we are safer under your administration?

A: Iím the one, who together with a few other members of the Senate, wrote the homeland security bill, because we were disorganized before 9/11 and the terrorists took advantage of it. One of the ways you do it is not only to use American military to capture and/or kill Al Qaida, you win the larger battle for the hearts and minds of the great majority in the Muslim world who are living desperately poor lives in despotic countries.

Source: Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Jan 11, 2004

Dennis Kucinich: Weapons in outer space and missile shields are DOD waste

Q: How do you insure national security if you cut the defense budget by 15%?

KUCINICH: Iím the ranking Democrat on a Department of Defense investigative subcommittee. I know the kind of waste that goes on there. Thereís waste when you talk about building weapons in outer space; waste when you talk about building new nuclear weapons; waste when you talk about building a missile shield that even those who have studied it know that thereís been fraud involved in the development of it.

Source: Democratic 2004 Presidential Primary Debate in Iowa Jan 4, 2004

Howard Dean: Saddam is a distraction; focus on Al Qaeda

Q: What about Liebermanís comment that if we had followed your ideas toward Saddam Hussein, heíd still be in power?

DEAN: I actually donít believe that, because given the time thatís elapsed, we could have done the proper thing, which George Bushís father did, and put together a coalition to go after somebody who was a regional threat but not a threat to the US. We need a concentrated attack on Al Qaeda and on Osama bin Laden. Saddam Hussein has been a distraction.

Source: Democratic 2004 Presidential Primary Debate in Iowa Jan 4, 2004

John Edwards: Reduce $9B spending on missile defense

[I support] reducing the more than $9 billion we are spending each year to build a missile defense system that so far has succeeded in shooting down only one thing-the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. While we need to maintain deterrence and keep a strong defense, it doesnít make sense to spend nine times as much on one program that might work some day than we spend on all the other programs that do work today to protect our citizens from weapons of mass destruction.
Source: Campaign speech in Des Moines Iowa Dec 15, 2003

Al Gore: Commit troops only if diplomacy fails and if itís winnable

Q: When should US troops be used in international military operations?
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Bill Bradley: The UN, not the US, is the worldís policeman

Q: When should US troops be used in international military operations?
A: I donít think that we can be the policeman to the world. I donít think we have the wisdom or the resources to do that. That means weíre going to have to move more and more to multilateral forums such as the UN. The key thing is to never relinquish control of our troops, but integrate more fully into a UN operation to deal with these ethnic disputes that are popping up all over the world today.
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

John McCain: Women have proven themselves in combat-no restrictions

Q: Do you think itís a good idea to prohibit women from combat? A: No, I donít and itís already been proven in the Persian Gulf War that women performed extraordinarily with heroism and skill and courage including in a POW experience.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

George W. Bush: Rebuild military power to deal with world of terror

This is still a world of terror & missiles & madmen. We are challenged by aging weapons and failing intelligence. I will rebuild our military power - because a dangerous world still requires a sharpened sword. I will move quickly to defend our people and our allies against missiles and blackmail. And I will have a foreign policy with a touch of iron - driven by American values and American interests.
Source: Candidacy Announcement speech, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun 12, 1999

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