Eric Swalwell on War & Peace


Speedier withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan

In coordination with our NATO allies, I support a speedier withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The US has been successful in fighting the insurgents and training Afghan security forces for long-term security in what was once the heart of Al- Qaeda. Our military leaders have a sensible plan to slowly turn over portions of the country to Afghan security forces. The end is in sight and we must ensure we have a systematic withdrawal that ensures long-term security from terrorism in Afghanistan.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, swalwellforcongress.com , Nov 6, 2012

Don't let Iran get one step closer to nukes

The danger posed by Iran to the Mid-east region seems to escalate daily. My top priority on the issue of Iran is to ensure that the US does whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from having the capability to produce a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately, today, Iran has already developed infrastructure that has only one purpose: to create nuclear weapons. We can't let them get one step closer to their stated goal. I support strong sanctions against Iran, including the Central Bank of Iran until they can prove they are not developing nuclear weapons. We must also diligently identify and sanction any domestic or foreign company that assists Iran, in any way, in its effort to obtain and/or develop nuclear weapons. We must more directly address countries that support Iran yet look the other way when it comes to Iran's flagrant violations of mandatory UN Security Council resolutions.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, swalwellforcongress.com , Nov 6, 2012

Intervene in Iraq to protect persecuted Christians.

Swalwell signed Relief to Nineveh Plain of Iraq

Congressional Summary:

Calling for urgent international intervention on behalf of Iraqi civilians facing a dire humanitarian crisis in the Nineveh Plain region of Iraq.

Argument in opposition: (by The Christian Post)

ISIS has asked minorities to flee, convert to Islam, or be killed. H.Con. Res. 110 makes it a priority to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and create safe havens for them. Yazidis are viewed by the ISIS as "devil worshipers."

Argument in opposition: (by Baltimore Nonviolence Center, July 26, 2014)

[We're seeking] action to keep us from sliding back to war in Iraq. On July 25, the House passed H. Con. Res. 105, the proposal to keep U.S. troops out of Iraq, by an overwhelming vote of 370-40. By passing the Iraq War Powers Resolution, Congress made clear that they stand with the American public, who do not want to go back to war in Iraq.

Source: H.C.R.110 14_HCR110 on Jul 24, 2014

Work with Iraqi government to fight ISIL.

Swalwell signed Resolution on ISIL

Congressional Summary:

RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the current situation in Iraq and the urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution from the Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as it expands its control over areas in northwestern Iraq.

  • Whereas ISIL has a stated mission of establishing an Islamic state and a caliphate across the Levant through violence against Shiites, non-Muslims, and unsupportive Sunnis;
  • Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
  • calls on the US Department of State to work with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi central government, neighboring countries, the diaspora community in the US, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to help secure safe havens for those claiming amnesty in Iraq; and
  • requests the addition of a Special Representative for Religious Minorities to [the Iraqi] government.

    Reporting pro & con by Politico.com, Sept. 17, 2014:

    Secretary of State John Kerry said arming the moderate opposition in Syria was the "best counterweight" against ISIL and emphasized to lawmakers: "ISIL must be defeated. Period." However, "US ground troops will not be sent into combat in this conflict," Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Instead, they will support Iraq forces on the ground as they fight for their country."

    Protesters from the anti-war group Code Pink stood up, held signs and chanted "No more war!" Kerry turned his attention to the protesters, and told them that while he was sympathetic to their opposition to war, if they believed in the broader mission of Code Pink, "then you ought to care about fighting ISIL." Stressing that the Islamic State was "killing and raping and mutilating women" and "making a mockery of a peaceful religion," Kerry told the protesters: "There is no negotiation with ISIL."

    Source: H.RES.683 14_HRes683 on Jul 24, 2014

    2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on War & Peace: Eric Swalwell on other issues:
    CA Gubernatorial:
    Antonio Villaraigosa
    Eric Garcetti
    Hilda Solis
    Jerry Brown
    Jerry Sanders
    Neel Kashkari
    CA Senatorial:
    Barbara Boxer
    Dianne Feinstein

    Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
    AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
    FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
    FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
    IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
    LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
    MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
    MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
    NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
    NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
    SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

    Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
    AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
    FL-13:David Jolly(R)
    FL-19:Curt Clawson(R)
    IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
    LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
    MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
    MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
    NC-12: Pending Jul.15
    NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
    SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)
    Won primary 2014:
    GA-11:Barry Loudermilk(R)
    MA-6 :Richard Tisei(R)
    TX-4: John Ratcliffe(R)
    VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

    AL-6 :Gary Palmer(R)
    AR-4 :Bruce Westerman(R)
    CA-11:Mark DeSaulnier(R)
    CA-33:Ted Lieu(D)
    CA-35:Norma Torres(D)
    CA-45:Mimi Walters(R)
    CO-4 :Ken Buck(R)
    GA-1 :Buddy Carter(R)
    GA-10:Jody Hice(R)
    IA-1 :Pat Murphy(D)
    MI-4 :John Moolenaar(R)
    MI-12:Debbie Dingell(D)
    MI-14:Brenda Lawrence(D)
    MN-6 :Tom Emmer(R)
    NC-6 :Mark Walker(R)
    NC-7 :David Rouzer(R)
    NJ-12:Bonnie Watson Coleman(R)
    NY-4 :Kathleen Rice(D)
    OK-5 :Steve Russell(R)
    PA-13:Brendan Boyle(D)
    TX-36:Brian Babin(R)
    UT-4 :Mia Love(R)
    VA-8 :Don Beyer(D)

    Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
    AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
    CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
    GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
    GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
    GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
    HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
    IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
    LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
    MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
    MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
    OK-5: James Lankford(R)
    TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
    WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

    Former Reps running for House in 2014:
    CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
    CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
    HI-1: Charles Djou(R)
    IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
    IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
    KS-4: Todd Tiahrt(R)
    MI-4: Peter Konetchy(R)
    MI-14:Hansen Clarke(D)
    MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
    MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
    NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
    NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
    NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
    OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
    PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
    TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
    Lost primary 2014:
    GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
    MA-6: John Tierney(D)
    TX-4: Ralph Hall(R)
    VA-7: Eric Cantor(R)
    MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio(R)

    Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
    AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
    CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
    ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
    PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
    VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

    Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
    AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
    AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
    CA-11:George Miller(D)
    CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
    CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
    CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
    CA-45:John Campbell(R)
    IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
    MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
    MI-6: Tom Petri(R)
    MI-12:John Dingell(D)
    MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
    NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
    NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
    NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
    NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
    NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
    NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
    PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
    UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
    VA-8: James Moran(D)
    VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
    WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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