State of Indiana Archives: on Foreign Policy


Mike Pence: Against agreement with Iran; keep all sanctions

Pence joined 14 other GOP governors in a letter to President Obama opposing the Iran nuclear deal: "I am opposed to this agreement because it will not make the US or our most cherished ally, Israel, safer. Instead, it promises Iran a lifting of US nuclea related sanctions for an agreement on Iran's nuclear weapons program that will only halt its ambitions temporarily, rather than permanently dismantle its nuclear desires," Pence wrote.

The letter asserted: "This agreement would lead to the lifting of sanctions on Iran without any guarantee that Iran's drive toward obtaining a nuclear weapon will be halted or even slowed. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism, and it should not be permitted any pathway toward obtaining a nuclear weapon, now or ever. The lifting of federal sanctions that would only result in Iran having more money available to fund terrorist groups and attacks. We intend to ensure that the various state-level sanctions that are now in effect remain in effect.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Apr 26, 2016

Eric Holcomb: I want a safer, stronger and freer America, today & tomorrow

I want a safer, stronger and freer America. I want that not only for today, but for the next generation as well.

My experience over the past two decades has prepared me for this assignment. As a veteran of the United States Navy, an adviser to Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana chief of staff to Sen. Dan Coats, and as state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, I have had extraordinary leadership opportunities to serve in the civic arena with the best and brightest.

In order for our nation to be safer, stronger and freer we need a fresher perspective in Washington that puts results before rhetoric. And on this front I am biased as I believe the ideas that provide the best results for moving America forward are Indiana-grown.

It's in that spirit that I support peace through strength and believe that doctrine will make America safer, stronger and freer.

Source: Holcomb's Kokomo Tribune OpEd on 2016 Indiana Senate race Jul 9, 2015

Mike Pence: We're in a global war of civilization against barbarism

The evil that came to the streets of Paris last week [in the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo] may seem far removed, but the brutal murder of our own Peter Kassig, a courageous aid worker killed by ISIS terrorists, is a stark reminder that we are all part of a global war of civilization against barbarism.

Tonight, Hoosiers will be proud to know that on the front lines of that war are some 300 airmen with our 122nd Fighter Wing out of Fort Wayne--the largest deployment of the Indiana Air National Guard in the past ten years. To them and their families, some of whom are with us tonight, we thank you for your service. You are in our prayers. Please join with me in showing our gratitude to all those who serve at home and abroad in these uncertain times.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Indiana Legislature Jan 13, 2015

Mike Pence: Russian "reset" is appeasement and invites aggression

I believe it is imperative that we who believe in democracy and freedom, stand against the forces that would reshape Europe by aggression. As some claim territorial gains, they forfeit moral ground. I remember too well the efforts by the US to "reset" our relationship with Russia just a few short years ago. I said then that, "History teaches us that weakness and appeasement invite aggression" and feared that our country was rewarding an increasingly antagonistic Russia. With Russian aggression on the rise again, it is clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed. While new sanctions are of some value, in the interest of our alliance, I believe the US and the EU must respond with deeds more than words to strengthen our economic and strategic defenses [including] deploying a robust missile defense in all of Europe. Stronger economic ties and stronger defenses are the right policy for our two countries and the right strategic response to Russian aggression.
Source: Speech to Friends of Indiana Reception in Berlin (Germany) Apr 16, 2014

Richard Lugar: Russia is neither friend nor foe; just an important country

Mourdock and Lugar differed in their responses to a question on whether Russia is a U.S. friend or foe. "Russia is neither friend nor foe; it is an important country with whom we have to deal," Lugar said. "I'd say we have come a long way since the Cold War." Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia remains "an authoritarian government" and that the U.S. should employ "very strong diplomacy" with its leaders while working with Russian dissidents to advance democracy and human rights.

"I think they are more foe than friend," Mourdock said, accusing Russia of aiding the governments of Iran and Syria and continuing to occupy former Soviet satellite Georgia. Lugar said Mourdock was wrong to suggest Russia is diverting funds from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty to help anti-American regimes in the Mideast.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Russia is more foe than friend

Mourdock took a harder line than Lugar on Russia, saying the country is "more foe than friend" after Lugar said the country was neither. And Mourdock suggested Lugar didn't understand the meaning of "fungible" when the senator pushed back against Mourdock's assertion that U.S. funds to Russia are reaching potential enemies.
Source: ABC News coverage of 2012 Indiana Senate debates Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Russia is more foe than friend; they aid our enemies

Mourdock and Lugar differed in their responses to a question on whether Russia is a U.S. friend or foe. "Russia is neither friend nor foe; it is an important country with whom we have to deal," Lugar said. "I'd say we have come a long way since the Cold War." Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia remains "an authoritarian government" and that the U.S. should employ "very strong diplomacy" with its leaders while working with Russian dissidents to advance democracy and human rights.

"I think they are more foe than friend," Mourdock said, accusing Russia of aiding the governments of Iran and Syria and continuing to occupy former Soviet satellite Georgia. Lugar said Mourdock was wrong to suggest Russia is diverting funds from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty to help anti-American regimes in the Mideast.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Mike Pence: Foreign aid for US security interests & disasters

Source: Congressional Indiana 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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