State of Missouri Archives: on War & Peace


Roy Blunt: Iran deal lets the nuclear genie out of the bottle

Sen. Roy Blunt warned that threats facing the US are "more prevalent, more complex and potentially more catastrophic than ever before." He also said laws intended to fight those threats should eventually expire, particularly the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Patriot Act.

Blunt devoted much of his talk to threats posed by Russia, China, Syria and the Islamic State, and he was critical of the response by Pres. Obama's administration. He was especially pessimistic about the administration's recent negotiations with Iran, and he devoted almost 10 minutes of his approximately hour-long speech to a deal meant to contain Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. "What this agreement really does is let the nuclear genie out of the bottle," he said.

Speaking about Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Blunt said he could "almost guarantee" that "some, if not all of them, will have nuclear weapons before the Iranians."

Source: Columbia Missourian on 2016 Missouri Senate race Sep 14, 2015

Robin Carnahan: No date for Afghan withdrawal, but no open-ended commitment

The two sides agreed on at least one thing: there should not at this time be a firm deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

"The president made a huge mistake when he announced a date for withdrawal," Blunt said. "The world is a dangerous place."

Carnahan said that while there shouldn't be a date for withdrawal, there also should not be an open-ended commitment for troops.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Huge mistake to announce date for Afghan withdrawal

The two sides agreed on at least one thing: there should not at this time be a firm deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

"The president made a huge mistake when he announced a date for withdrawal," Blunt said. "The world is a dangerous place."

Carnahan said that while there shouldn't be a date for withdrawal, there also should not be an open-ended commitment for troops.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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