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Republican Party on War & Peace

Party Platform


Prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons

Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons capability threatens America, Israel, and the world. That threat has only become worse during the current Administration. A continuation of its failed engagement policy with Iran will lead to nuclear cascade. In solidarity with the international community, America must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability.

We affirm the unanimous resolution of the U.S. Senate calling for "elections that are free, fair, and meet international standards" and "a representative and responsive democratic government that respects human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law." We urge the next Republican President to unequivocally assert his support for the Iranian people as they protest their despotic regime. We must retain all options in dealing with a situation that gravely threatens our security, our interests, and the safety of our friends.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012

Terrorists seek weapons of mass destruction to kill us

On 9/11, we saw the cruelty of the terrorists, and we glimpsed the future they intend for us. They intend to strike the United States to the limits of their power. They seek weapons of mass destruction to kill Americans on an even greater scale. This danger is increased when outlaw regimes build or acquire weapons of mass destruction and maintain ties to terrorist groups.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 4 , Sep 7, 2004

Shrink the space in which the terrorists can operate

Terrorists long ago declared war on America, and now America has declared war against terrorists. We are defending the peace by taking the fight to the enemy. We are confronting terrorists overseas so we do not have to confront them here at home. We are destroying the leadership of terrorist networks in sudden raids, disrupting their planning and financing, and keeping them on the run. We are shrinking the space in which they can freely operate, by denying them territory and the support of governments.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 5 , Sep 7, 2004

Total and complete destruction of terrorism is needed

There is no negotiation with terrorists. No form of therapy or coercion will turn them from their murderous ways. Only total & complete destruction of terrorism will allow freedom to flourish. We will extend the peace by supporting the rise of democracy, and the hope and progress that democracy brings, as the alternative to hatred and terror in the Middle East. In democratic societies, people do not swear allegiance to malcontents and murderers; they turn their hearts and labor to building better lives.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 6 , Sep 7, 2004

Afghanistan is liberated and the American people are safer

Today, Afghanistan is a world away from the nightmare of the Taliban. Twenty-eight million people are free. That country has a good and just president. Boys and girls are being educated. Women are respected. Many refugees have returned home to rebuild their country, and a presidential election is scheduled for this fall. The terror camps are closed and the Afghan government is helping us to hunt the Taliban and terrorists in remote regions. A threat has been removed, and the American people are safer.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 6 , Sep 7, 2004

Saddam had capability to reconstitute his weapons programs

While the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction we expected to find in Iraq have not yet materialized, we have confirmed that Saddam Hussein had the capability to reconstitute his weapons programs and the desire to do so. Our nation did the right thing, and the American people are now safer because we and our allies ended the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, halting his decades-long pursuit of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 8 , Sep 7, 2004

Promote peace, reduce threat of war, protect Israel

    We have four priorities for the Middle East.
  1. we seek to promote and maintain peace throughout the region
  2. we must ensure that Israel remains safe and secure
  3. we must protect our economic interests and ensure the reliable flow of oil from the Persian Gulf
  4. we must reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the region.US policy must rest on leadership that can build strong coalitions of like-minded states and hold them together to achieve common aims.
    Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

    Contribute in Balkans, but let NATO run it

    The U.S. is contributing to NATO’s peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Those troops cannot stay indefinitely without jeopardizing the American ability to defend other important interests. Over time European troops should take the place of American forces under the NATO umbrella as the United States and its allies work together to bring peace and democracy to the Balkans. The next Republican president will not negotiate with indicted war criminals such as Slobodan Milosevic.
    Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

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