State of New York Archives: on War & Peace


Rick Perry: ISIS is worst threat to freedom since Communism

A former Air Force pilot, Perry advocates muscular intervention on foreign policy. He believes that American ground troops may have to be deployed to fight the Islamic State, an extremist group that he said "represents the worst threat to freedom since Communism." He blames what he calls President Obama's "incompetence" in handling Iraq and Syria for the rise of the Islamic State.
Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Jun 4, 2015

Rick Perry: Provide lethal aid to Ukraine against Russian separatists

Perry has called for providing lethal aid to the Ukrainian military to fight Russian-backed separatists, support that Obama has resisted giving. He has warned against Russian and Chinese aggression, and criticized Obama's warming of ties with Cuba, saying the administration "empowered the Castro regime with no thought of the Cuban people."
Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Jun 4, 2015

Rick Perry: ISIS is the biggest threat since communism

Perry slammed President Obama's response to ISIS and Russia as "naive, dangerous and misguided." "ISIS presents the biggest threat to national security since communism," he added. "We didn't start this war, nor did we choose it, but we will have the will to finish it."

In a focused 15-minute speech, Perry also took aim at the White House's ongoing negotiations with Iran over the development of its nuclear program and reiterated his support for the state of Israel.

"These are Americans," Perry said. "You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate."

Source: N. Y. Daily News on 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. Feb 27, 2015

Jeb Bush: Non-state terrorists are greatest threat we now face

Last week, as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida sought to distance himself from his brother's foreign policy record at a speech in Chicago, he found himself embracing the sort of muscular engagement that had characterized the 43rd president's administration.

The former Florida governor called non-state terrorist groups such as the Islamic State "perhaps the greatest security threat that we now face for our own homeland."

He added, "Taking them out is the strategy."

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Feb 25, 2015

Chris Christie: Syria: If we draw a red line, we must finish the job

Christie expressed confidence that his brand of resolute, no-nonsense foreign policy would have avoided the dilemma the United States faced when Syria deployed chemical weapons against its own citizens in the civil war. Christie said he would have never drawn a "red line," as Obama did with President Bashar al-Assad, but, "if you do, you better finish the job."
Source: N. Y. Times 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Sep 2, 2014

John Katko: Use military force to prevent hostile nuclear nations

Q: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?

A: Yes, if needed. As a nation, we must take pause and think before using military force. However, we must project a strong military to the negative actors of the world. The use of ground troops should absolutely be the last resort. But in terms of strength of negotiation, our Commander in Chief must have all military options available to him or her in each situation.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 N. Y. Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

Kirsten Gillibrand: Al Qaeda has metastasized; get troops out of Afghanistan

While Long criticized Obama for setting a 2014 withdrawal date for troops in Afghanistan, Gillibrand said she believes America should leave now.

Gillibrand said Al Quaeda has "metastasized" to other parts of the world. "I do not believe that we should continue our investment of troops, troops' lives and our money in Afghanistan because the threat has moved," she said; the US needs a "counter-terrorism approach instead of a counter insurgency approach. We need narrow targeted missions," she said.

Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Wendy Long: Stand with Israel in ensuring Iran does not get nukes

Referencing Wednesday's thwarted terrorist attack in New York City, Long said it's further evidence that the United States must stand with Israel in ensuring Iran does not have nuclear capabilities while Gillibrand used it to blast sequestration that would require across the board budget cuts to areas like federal anti-terror funding.
Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Wendy Long: No 2014 withdrawal date for troops in Afghanistan

While Long criticized Obama for setting a 2014 withdrawal date for troops in Afghanistan, Gillibrand said she believes America should leave now.

Gillibrand said Al Quaeda has "metastasized" to other parts of the world. "I do not believe that we should continue our investment of troops, troops' lives and our money in Afghanistan because the threat has moved," she said; the US needs a "counter-terrorism approach instead of a counter insurgency approach. We need narrow targeted missions," she said.

Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

George Maragos: No military intervention in Syria; but pressure Arab League

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

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