State of Washington Archives: on Foreign Policy


John Bolton: Help Egyptian Army over Muslim Brotherhood, even if elected

Bolton said it's time for the US to step up to the plate and choose sides in the Egyptian conflict--and that side should be the military. "Like it or not," he said, the US ought to back Egypt's government and military, not the Muslim Brotherhood or ousted Pres. Mohammed Morsi, despite the fact that US supported Morsi a year ago and helped his elected rise to power.

But Bolton said his view is the only one that works for the long term. "If the Muslim Brotherhood wins, say good-bye to the peace treaty with Israel and stability in Sinai," Bolton said. "Egypt has not yet succumbed to civil war, as Syria has, but it's getting close."

Bolton wrote: "The Muslim Brotherhood is not a normal political party as Westerners understand that term. It is an armed ideology--a militia that fires on its opponents and burns down churches. The Brotherhood, therefore, shares full blame for the continuing carnage. Should it ever regain power, whether through free elections or otherwise, it will never let go."

Source: Cheryl K. Chumley in the Washington Times Aug 21, 2013

Gary Johnson: We can no longer afford to shell out billions in foreign aid

When I visited Occupy Wall Street, I felt the frustration of young people who wanted to work but couldn't get an interview, much less a job. When I visit business owners and employers, I meet people who want to hire, but can't.

Meanwhile, the federal government is spending us deeper and deeper into debt while we shell out billions in foreign aid we can no longer afford and trillions more for foreign wars in which our national interest is just not apparent to me.

Source: Gary Johnson, "America moving again" in The Washington Times Feb 2, 2012

Jim Gilmore: Pursue terrorists into Pakistan, but maintain secrecy

Gilmore, who chaired a federal homeland security commission in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, agreed with Warner that US troops should have the right to enter Pakistan in search of terrorists. But Gilmore also stressed that Pakistan remains a US ally. “I think I would not sit here in an open forum today and say and describe the country of Pakistan as one of the great potential threats,” Gilmore said.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post Sep 19, 2008

Mark Warner: Pakistan could emerge as world’s most dangerous nation

Warner, who does not have a background in foreign affairs, said he believes Pakistan could one day emerge as “the most dangerous nation” in the world. “The challenge with the Pakistanis is one day they’re helping us and the next they’re indirectly funneling help to the Taliban,” said Warner, who also raised concerns about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post Sep 19, 2008

Dick Cheney: Reach out to allies-but advisory role only

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, a group of corporate & government officials that last year was rife with anti-American sentiment, Cheney acknowledged no mistakes in the administration’s handling of Iraq and insisted that “direct threats require decisive action.” But trying to reassure traditional allies, he said it would take “many hands” from Europe & elsewhere to stymie a new generation of terrorists by promoting democracy in the Middle East. “We must meet the dangers together,” Cheney said. “Cooperation among our governments, and effective international institutions, are even more important today than they have been in the past.”

Cheney envisions “a pretty significant role” for the UN in Iraq. A spokesman described an advisory role, which many other nations might consider inadequate. The White House has moved on several fronts to try to repair its international relations, partly because of the impending presidential campaign and partly because Bush realizes he needs help.

Source: Mike Allen, Washington Post, Page A17 Jan 25, 2004

George W. Bush: Bush Doctrine: pre-emptive strikes for US defense

It has been a week of sweet vindication for those who promulgated what they call the Bush Doctrine-beginning with the capture of Saddam Hussein and ending with an agreement by Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi to surrender his unconventional weapons. And Iran signed an agreement allowing surprise inspections of its nuclear facilities. To foreign policy hard-liners inside and outside the administration, all have the same cause: a show of American might.

Those who developed the Bush Doctrine- a policy of taking preemptive, unprovoked action against emerging threats-predicted that an impressive US victory in Iraq would intimidate allies and foes alike, making them yield to US interests in other areas. The “neo-conservative” hawks say it is precisely Bush’s willingness to go it alone and take preemptive action that has encouraged other countries to seek diplomatic solutions before the US launches a military attack.

Source: Dana Milbank, Washington Post, p. A26 Dec 21, 2003

Howard Dean: Intertwine into alliances, to create international stability

International alliances and institutions are the backbone of a stable international order. The more that our destinies are intertwined, the greater the shared sense of purpose, the more we must work together successfully to address the difficult challenges ahead. We must fully integrate Russia and China into the international community as our partners.
Source: Speech to Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC Jun 25, 2003

Joe Moakley: Greatest accomplishment was cutting off aid to El Salvador

Moakley said he considered his greatest achievement his work to cut off military aid to El Salvador and the effort to prosecute the murderers of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in 1989. Moakley led a special congressional task force whose findings helped convict two Salvadoran soldiers and put an end to US aid to the Central American nation. “It is never a crime to speak up for the poor and helpless, or the ill; it is never a crime to tell the truth; it is never a crime to demand justice; it is never a crime to teach people their rights; it is never a crime to struggle for a just peace,” he said about his effort. “It is never a crime. It is always a duty.”
Source: Pamela Ferdinand, Washington Post, p. A3 Jun 2, 2001

Donald Rumsfeld: Sometimes leaders have to act without public consensus

Rumsfeld also drew an important distinction between his views of the use of force and some of those expressed by retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, Bush’s nominee to be secretary of State. He said leaders should not require overwhelming public support as a prerequisite for taking action. “I’m uncomfortable with that,” he said. “There are times when leaders have to act when the public’s not there yet.”
Source: Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post Jan 11, 2001

George W. Bush: US troops will never be under UN command

Bush said he would never allow US troops to come under United Nations command, then added then he views the UN “as an opportunity for people to vent.”

“I say that not facetiously,” Bush continued. “I mean, it’s a chance for the world to come together and discuss and to dialogue.”

Source: Mike Allen, Washington Post, p. A8 Oct 1, 2000

Maria Cantwell: Opposes linking Human Rights to trade with China

Cantwell favors legislation now before the Senate to normalize trade with China.
Source: The Washington Post, September 18, 2000 Sep 21, 2000

Ezola Foster: American sovereignty is extremely important

Buchanan and Foster signaled that they intend to look to the twin issues that have helped drive European right-wing parties to new heights of power and political success: immigration and a call to protect cultural, political and ethnic sovereignty. “American sovereignty is extremely important,” said Foster. “What issue will mean anything if we lose our sovereignty?”
Source: Thomas Edsall, Washington Post Aug 13, 2000

Al Gore: Russia’s transition is accomplishment, if over-optimistic

Gore tried repeatedly to bring well-tested Western solutions--based on laws, rules and carefully ordered process--to a country hurtling through an extraordinarily tumultuous period. Often, Gore’s neat solutions were thwarted or overwhelmed by Russia’s messy march toward a market democracy.

Gore has said the major accomplishment of the administration is that “we have worked hard to help Russia make a transition to a market-based democracy.” He has also cited Russian acquiescence in NATO expansion, cooperation with Russia in the Balkans and the creation of additional safeguards against nuclear materials theft.

But critics, including Bush, have charged that the administration was overly optimistic about what could be accomplished & that it turned a blind eye to the underside of Russia’s economic transformation. When Gore recently called for “forward engagement” with Russia, one of Bush’s top foreign policy advisers countered that engagement has to be “in a realistic way, not a romantic one.”

Source: David Hoffman, Washington Post, p. A1 Jun 4, 2000

Dick Cheney: Aiding Contras good; using money from Iran bad

As vice chairman of the House committee investigating the Iran-contra scandal, Cheney fervently defended the Reagan administration, saying it made a mistake but broke no laws in selling arms to Iran and using proceeds from the sale to equip the contras. Cheney candidly admits that his main concern in the hearings was that the scandal not derail efforts to aid the contras.
Source: Scott Farris, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, p.8 Jul 2, 1989

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