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Elizabeth Dole on War & Peace

Republican Sr Senator


Precipitous Iraq withdrawal leads to further instability

Both candidates proclaimed support for the military, but Hagan called for ending the war in Iraq with a “diplomatic surge,” a commonly heard but ill-defined term. Dole was even more vague, expressing frustration with the Bush administration’s handling of the war but worrying that “precipitous withdrawal” would lead to further instability.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record , Jun 25, 2008

Mistakes were made, but no precipitous withdrawal from Iraq

On the war in Iraq, which Dole has supported & Hagan has opposed, both muted their position. “We have got to end this war in Iraq,” said Hagan, adding that the war had not made the US safer, had made new enemies & alienated allies.

Dole warned against “a precipitous withdrawal” but said Iraq needs to begin picking up the costs of reconstruction. “I have been very frustrated that the administration was so slow in changing a strategy that was obviously not working,” Dole said. “Many mistakes were made.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Raleigh News & Observer , Jun 22, 2008

Too many politicians made responses too slow

Dole says too many politicians were involved in what should be a military campaign. She said NATO hasn’t been flying as many sorties as the US did in the Persian Gulf war and that the alliance was late in targeting communications systems in the region, allowing the Yugoslav government to continue its propaganda campaign.
Source: CNN AllPolitics , May 10, 1999

We must win, even if it takes ground troops

Dole flew this week to a refugee camp in Macedonia. The tales she’d heard were “absolutely horrific,” said Dole. “This is a war we must win,” even if it takes American troops to do it.
Source: Newsweek Magazine, p. 32 , Apr 26, 1999

Use ground troops if needed to push back Milosevic

I call on President Clinton to rally our nation, strengthen our international coalitions and build up and deploy the forces necessary to win the war. To secure our objectives, Milosevic’s forces must depart from Kosovo and the refugees must return safely under the protection of a NATO-led force. [We must prevent] genocide where we can. Does that mean ground troops? If the NATO commanders and the Joint Chiefs of Staff say that ground troops are required to accomplish our goals, then my answer is yes.
Source: Speech at United States Naval Academy, April 14, 1999 , Apr 14, 1999

We must stop a threat to peace and progress

Some people ask, do we have a national interest in Kosovo? The answer is, we have an interest in Europe. Our leadership is needed when aggression jeopardizes that region’s stability and security and threatens our deepest democratic values. But today, we must deal with reality. In Kosovo, we are the only power capable of stopping an immense threat to peace and progress throughout that region. We and our allies should carry out that mission in the swiftest and most effective way possible.
Source: Speech at United States Naval Academy, April 14, 1999 , Apr 14, 1999

Use military force when US “national values” at stake

Refugees [from Bosnia in 1992] reported beatings and torture; brothers and cousins shot, wives and young sisters raped. Should the US really get involved in any of this? [Can’t] groups like the Red Cross handle humanitarian concerns? Can’t the UN and regional bodies take care of regional problems? The answer is simple. Wherever America’s national interests and our national values intersect, this nation must lead. That includes using military force when necessary.
Source: Speech at United States Naval Academy, April 14, 1999 , Apr 14, 1999

Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months.

Vote to transition the missions of US Forces in Iraq to a more limited set of missions as specified by the President on September 13, 2007: S.AMDT.3875 amends S.AMDT.3874 and underlying bill H.R.2764:

Proponents support voting YES because:

Sen. LEVIN: "The amendment requires redeployment be completed within 9 months. At that point, funding for the war would be ended, with four narrow exceptions:"

  1. Security for US Government personnel and infrastructure
  2. Training Iraqi security forces
  3. Equipment to US service men and women to ensure their safety
Targeted operations against members of al-Qaida.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

Sen. McCAIN: "This year, after nearly 4 years of mismanaged war, our military has made significant gains under the so-called surge. Overall violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level since [2003]. Improvised explosive device blasts now occur at a rate lower than at any point since September 2004.

"Al-Qaida's leadership knows which side is winning in Iraq. It may not be known in some parts of America and in this body, but al-Qaida knows. We are succeeding under the new strategy.

"Given these realities, some proponents of precipitous withdrawal from Iraq have shifted their focus. While conceding, finally, that there have been dramatic security gains, they have begun seizing on the lackluster performance of the Iraqi Government to insist that we should abandon the successful strategy and withdraw U.S. forces. This would be a terrible mistake."

Reference: Safe Redeployment Of US Troops From Iraq Amendment; Bill S.AMDT.3875 to H.R.2764 ; vote number 2007-437 on Dec 18, 2007

Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists.

Vote on a "Sense of the Senate" amendment, S.Amdt. 3017, to H.R. 1585 (National Defense Authorization Act), that finds:

Proponents support voting YES because:

Sen. LIEBERMAN: Some of our colleagues thought the Sense of the Senate may have opened the door to some kind of military action against Iran [so we removed some text]. That is not our intention. In fact, our intention is to increase the economic pressure on Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps so that we will never have to consider the use of the military to stop them from what they are doing to kill our soldiers.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

Sen. BIDEN. I will oppose the Kyl-Lieberman amendment for one simple reason: this administration cannot be trusted. I am very concerned about the evidence that suggests that Iran is engaged in destabilizing activities inside Iraq. Arguably, if we had a different President who abided by the meaning and intent of laws we pass, I might support this amendment. I fear, however, that this President might use the designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity as a pretext to use force against Iran as he sees fit. [The same was done with the Senate resolution on Iraq in 2002]. Given this President's actions and misuse of authority, I cannot support the amendment.

Reference: Sense of the Senate on Iran; Bill S.Amdt. 3017 to H.R. 1585 ; vote number 2007-349 on Sep 26, 2007

Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008.

Begins the phased redeployment of US forces from Iraq within 120 days of enactment of this joint resolution with the goal of redeploying by March 31, 2008, all US combat forces from Iraq, except for a limited number essential for protecting US and coalition personnel and infrastructure, training and equipping Iraqi forces, and conducting targeted counter-terrorism operations. Such redeployment shall be implemented as part of a diplomatic, political, and economic strategy that includes sustained engagement with Iraq's neighbors and the international community in order to bring stability to Iraq.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

Our troops are caught in the midst of a civil war. The administration has begun to escalate this war with 21,000 more troops. This idea is not a new one. During this war, four previous surges have all failed. It is time for a different direction. It is time for a drawdown of our troops.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

This resolution calls for imposing an artificial timeline to withdraw our troops from Iraq, regardless of the conditions on the ground or the consequences of defeat; a defeat that will surely be added to what is unfortunately a growing list of American humiliations. This legislation would hobble American commanders in the field and substantially endanger America's strategic objective of a unified federal democratic Iraq that can govern, defend, and sustain itself and be an ally in the war against Islamic fascism. The unintended consequence of this resolution is to bring to reality Osama bin Laden's vision for Iraq; that after 4 years of fighting in Iraq the US Congress loses its will to fight. If we leave Iraq before the job is done, as surely as night follows day, the terrorists will follow us home. Osama bin Laden has openly said: America does not have the stomach to stay in the fight. He is a fanatic. He is an Islamic fascist. He is determined to destroy us and our way of life.

Reference: US Policy in Iraq Resolution; Bill S.J.Res.9 ; vote number 2007-075 on Mar 15, 2007

Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007.

Voting YEA on this amendment would establish a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Voting NAY would keep the current situation without a timetable. The amendment states:
  1. The President shall redeploy, commencing in 2006, US forces from Iraq by July 1, 2007, leaving only the minimal number of forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces and conducting specialized counterterrorism operations.
  2. The President should maintain an over-the-horizon troop presence to prosecute the war on terror and protect regional security interests.
  3. Within 30 days, the administration shall submit to Congress a report that sets forth the strategy for the redeployment of US forces from Iraq by July 1, 2007.
Reference: Kerry Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act; Bill S.Amdt. 4442 to S. 2766 ; vote number 2006-181 on Jun 22, 2006

Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan.

To establish a special committee of the Senate to investigate the awarding and carrying out of contracts to conduct activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and to fight the war on terrorism. Voting YES would: create Senate special committee to investigate war contracts, taking into consideration: bidding, methods of contracting, subcontracting, oversight procedures, allegations of wasteful practices, accountability and lessons learned in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Reference: Committee to Investigate War Contracts; Bill S Amdt 2476 to S 1042 ; vote number 2005-316 on Nov 10, 2005

Voted NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding.

Amendment to express the sense of the Senate on future requests for funding for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. A YES vote would:
Reference: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act; Bill S.AMDT.464 to H.R.1268 ; vote number 2005-96 on Apr 20, 2005

Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Vote to pass a bill that would appropriate $86.5 billion in supplemental spending for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Fiscal 2004. The bill would provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq. This includes:
Reference: FY04 Emergency Supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan; Bill S1689 ; vote number 2003-400 on Oct 17, 2003

Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur.

Dole co-sponsored deploying UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur

Calling for the urgent deployment of a robust and effective multinational peacekeeping mission with sufficient size, resources, leadership, and mandate to protect civilians in Darfur.

Legislative Outcome: Agreed to by Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Source: Resolution on Darfur (S.RES 276) 07-SR276 on Jul 19, 2007

Condemn Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement.

Dole co-sponsored condemning Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement

Source: S.RES.449 08-SR449 on Feb 12, 2008

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