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Gary Bauer on War & Peace

2000 Republican Primary Candidate for President


Stand with Israel: enough sacrifice already

FORBES [to Bauer]: .Do you believe, as I do, that this administration is pushing them to make a premature agreement that could hurt the sovereignty and hurt the security of Israel, our own democratic ally in the Middle East? And if they do push them into an agreement, would you go along with using tens of billions of taxpayersí dollars to finance an agreement with Syria and Israel?

BAUER. This administration has been tougher on Israel than it has been on China. Itís outrageous that our ally, Israel, has been getting the back of the hand from this administration. Youíve got this little democratic country in the middle of the Mideast surrounded by adversaries with much more land. And what are we doing, and the rest of the world, expecting that little Israel has to sacrifice more land for peace and security. I will stand with Israel as president and I will not waste billions of dollars of the taxpayersí money to try to make up for mistakes that this administrationís making in the Middle East.

Source: (X-ref from Forbes) GOP Debate in Manchester NH , Jan 26, 2000

Withdraw ground troops; insist on US command

Bauer indicates that the US should not maintain ground troops in the Kosovo province. On US deployments in general, he says, ďUS troops should only participate in foreign missions if they can remain under US command. I will insist on more thorough accounting procedures so that the US receives appropriate credit for its contributions to joint efforts.Ē
Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

No vital US interests in Kosovo

Q: You opposed US military intervention in Kosovo on grounds that it was not in our vital interests. Do you still? A: The fundamental question [is]: Under what conditions does an American president put our sons and daughters in harmís way? I think that there are many things happening in the world that we donít like. But even a rich, powerful country like the US will be bled dry if we try to intervene every place where our hearts have been touched. Horrible things are happening in Kosovo, but theyíre also happening in Indonesia and in many other places around the world. We can use leverage with trade, we can use leverage with our foreign aid but at a time when we have gutted the American military, it is foolish and imprudent to be sending our men everywhere when the national security of the US is not at stake.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate , Dec 7, 1999

Mideast: Bring message of freedom to Arab world

We deal with people like Hasad and Saddam Hussein, and we act like they are legitimate representatives of the Arab people. We act like the Arab people donít yearn for freedom as much as others do. We ought to be taking our message of freedom and liberty and democracy for all peoples of the world, including Arab people of the Middle East. That is the best hope not only for us, not only the best hope for the Arab people of the Middle East, but the best hope for Israel.
Source: Speech at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

Extend international order friendly to our security.

Bauer signed Project for the New American Century Statement of Principles

Conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America's role in the world. We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests? Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

  1. we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
  2. we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
  3. we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
  4. we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.
Source: PNAC Principles 97-PNAC-WP on Jun 3, 1997

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