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Martin O`Malley: Respect my right to shy away from foreign policy

On his 8-day trip to Israel, Jordan & the Palestinian territories, O'Malley said, "I'm sure all of you will ask me foreign policy questions. I respect your right to ask them, and I hope you'll respect my right to shy away from answering them."

On the news of the day--apparent differences between Obama and the Israeli military on whether chemical weapons had been deployed by the Syrian military--O'Malley deferred to the president's judgment. "It's certainly one of the great challenges," he allowed.

Asked whether the American people, weary from a decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, would be ready to engage in another military operation to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, O'Malley avoided specifics. "I believe that the president will make that call," he said, "and the president will have the primary responsibility of making that case to the American people and also to Congress."

How about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? "All of us hope for peace in the Middle East."

Source: N.Y.Times on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2013

Martin O`Malley: Israeli separation barrier might be called "peace wall"

Governor O'Malley, 50, said it was his third visit to Israel, and that he had brought with him about 50 high-tech executives, Jewish leaders, and Maryland officials for what is essentially a trade mission. After a side trip to Jordan in which he met with Prince Faisal--"What we spoke about was the huge challenge that the ongoing conflict in Syria has for the entire region"--much of his itinerary here is filled with companies that have offices in his home state, including one that makes radar for the vaunted Iron Dome missile defense system.

A reporter pointed out that on his way into Bethlehem, he would see the controversial separation barrier Israel has erected in the West Bank. O'Malley said he had seen something similar in Northern Ireland. "They call it the peace wall," he noted.

Source: N.Y.Times on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2013

Bob Turner: We have yet to find out who are the bad guys in Syria

Other strange statements included Turner commenting on the Syria crisis that we have 'yet to find out who are the bad guys'. They all advocated no military intervention, but Maragos advocated pressure on 'Russia' and the Arab League.
Source: PR Newsire / Yahoo.com on 2012 N.Y. Senate debates Jun 18, 2012

Joe DioGuardi: Yes, I was a lobbyist; to fight Albanian genocide

GILLIBRAND TV AD CLAIM: A former congressman turned lobbyist.

DIOGUARDI REFUTATION: After leaving Congress, DioGuardi worked to end the genocide of Albanians in the former Yugoslavia. He traveled from safe house to safe house collecting documents that revealed the gruesome realities that were occurring; he shared these with Congress, and thereby qualifies as a lobbyist. While DioGuardi was fighting genocide, Gillibrand worked to help Philip Morris, and maintains strong ties with Big Tobacco.

Source: Albany Times Union coverage of 2010 N.Y. Senate debate Oct 6, 2010

Timothy Geithner: Lived in East Africa and in Asia; speaks Japanese & Chinese

Mr. Geithner graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelorís degree in government and Asian studies in 1983 and from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a masterís in International Economics and East Asian Studies in 1985. He has studied Japanese and Chinese and has lived in East Africa, India, Thailand, China, and Japan.
Source: N.Y. Federal Reserve Bank official biography Jul 2, 2007

Timothy Geithner: Director at the IMF, and staff of Kissinger Associates

Geithner was director of the Policy Development and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 until 2003. Before joining the Treasury, Mr. Geithner worked for Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Source: N.Y. Federal Reserve Bank official biography Jul 2, 2007

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