Patty Judge on War & Peace
Grassley: No. Signed letter to Iran intended to make a deal more difficult to accomplish.
Q: On Iraq: Should the US recommit significant additional ground troops to Iraq to combat the success of ISIS?
Grassley: Unclear. In 2014 thought it was too early to make ground troop commitment.
Judge: No, but does support increased air strikes.
Patty Judge: America plays an important role in international diplomacy and security. I believe we must carefully deploy military resources to ensure the safety and security of America and our allies across the globe. However, military force should be used only after diplomacy, dialogue, and sanctions have failed. We must also continue to work to bring home troops currently serving overseas and also ensure that our Veterans have access to quality health care and other resources as they return to civilian life.
Q: Characterize your view of our diplomatic efforts around the world.
Patty Judge: The United States can be a powerful voice for diplomacy across the globe. We should use our diplomatic power, when appropriate, to help create peace and stability across the globe. We should always prioritize diplomatic vs. military action.
PJ: As Democrats, there are some similarities in our positions but from my work with Homeland Security through the years, I am very much aware of the seriousness of the situation in the Middle East and very much aware for the need of containment of ISIS and other terrorist groups, and to try to keep them at bay here in our own country. We need to be very vigilant. We need to engage in targeted air strikes. We need to engage in economic sanctions. And, here in our country, we need to be, again, very vigilant and watching carefully to make sure that we're all safe. There's probably nothing more important than the safety of American citizens.
Q: When you look at how President Obama has contained ISIS, do you think it's too little in regard to ISIS?
PJ: Well I don't, I would not advocate at this time in time any additional American troops, committed to the Middle East. I think we always should be using diplomacy first.
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