Ron Johnson on War & Peace



25,000 US combat troops to fight ISIS in Iraq

Q: On Iran: Support the US-Iran treaty that limits Iran's nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?

Feingold: Yes

Johnson: No

Q: On Iraq: Should the US recommit significant additional ground troops to Iraq to combat the success of ISIS?

Johnson: Organize global military coalition, including as many as 25,000 US combat troops.

Feingold: Use all resources except boots on the ground. Attack leaders, cut off funding sources, use targeted military action. Was one of only 23 senators to vote against authorizing President Bush to go to war in Iraq to begin with.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Wisconsin Senate race , Oct 9, 2016

No limit to Afghan presence; as long as it's terrorist haven

When it comes to the conflict in Afghanistan, Johnson said there should be no limit on the military's presence there so long as Afghanistan acts as a haven for terrorists.

"We better get ready to invade just about every country in the world then," Feingold said in response, arguing that Al-Qaeda is an international problem that cannot be solved with the invasion of just one country.

Source: The Daily Cardinal coverage of 2010 Wisc. Senate debate , Oct 25, 2010

Supports Obama's withdrawal plan, since it was Bush's plan

Q: The President is drawing down in Iraq, leaving 50,000 troops in non-combat roles. Do you favor that withdrawal plan?

A: I believe that withdrawal plan was proposed by Pres. Bush, before Pres. Obama took office, and I hope it will work. I think the Iraqi defense forces are being stood up, and after that will provide the security it needs to establish a functioning democracy.

Q: You disagreed with Sen. Fiengold's votes against the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan?

A: I would never grandstand; I don't want to be an armchair general. For example, public pronouncements from Sen. Harry Reid before he surge had hardly begun, proclaiming the surge lost. That type of grandstanding undermines our efforts. The basic philosophy you need before you send any of our fine young men and women into harm's way in the battlefield is the commander-in-chief first needs to define what victory or success would be, and then be committed to that success. We've achieved that level of success in Iraq, but not in Afghanistan.

Source: Election 2010 Interview in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel , Aug 25, 2010

Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Johnson opposes the F2A survey question on troop withdrawal

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Set a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q17 on Sep 19, 2010

Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment.

Johnson co-sponsored Resolution on Iran's nuclear program

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, that Congress--
  1. Reaffirms that the US Government has a vital interest in working together to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  2. warns that time is limited to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  3. urges continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran until a full and sustained suspension of all uranium enrichment-related activities;
  4. expresses that the window for diplomacy is closing;
  5. expresses support for the universal rights and democratic aspirations of the people of Iran;
  6. strongly supports US policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
  7. rejects any US policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.
Source: HRes568/SR41 12-SJR41 on May 24, 2012

Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection.

Johnson signed demanding that Iran accept intrusive nuclear inspection

Excerpts from Letter from 85 Senators to President Obama We all hope that nuclear negotiations succeed in preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapons capability. For diplomacy to succeed, however, we must couple our willingness to negotiate with a united and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime. We urge you to insist on the realization of these core principles with Iran:

Iran must clearly understand the consequences of failing to reach an acceptable final agreement. We must signal unequivocally to Iran that rejecting negotiations and continuing its nuclear weapon program will lead to much more dramatic sanctions, including further limitations on Iran's oil exports.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "Enforcing Iran Nuke Deal," Jan. 25, 2017): More than anything else, the Iran nuclear deal must be kept because the alternative is a return to ever-heightening tensions and clamoring by hawks in both countries. From 2003 to 2014, years of unrelenting U.S. sanctions and confrontation, Iran went from 164 centrifuges to 19,000. The hostile approach generates a more expansive, less transparent Iranian nuclear program and increases the chances for another disastrous U.S. war in the Middle East. Let's hope the Trump administration chooses not to go that route.

Source: Iran Nukes Letter 14LTR-NUKE on Mar 18, 2014

Opposes waiting; go after militant Islam abroad.

Johnson opposes the AFA survey question on the War on Terror

The American Family Association Action Voter Guide asked if candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.' American Family Association Action (AFA Action) produces the online "iVoterGuide" for selected state and federal races. The mission of AFA Action is to inform and mobilize individuals to strengthen the biblical foundations of America.

Source: American Family Association survey 16AFA_Q17C on Nov 8, 2016

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