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Michael Baumgartner on War & Peace

 


Leave Afghanistan now & use funds domestically

Baumgartner, who has worked as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan, said he wants to "end the war in Afghanistan now" and use the savings to help with domestic finances. "We have a foreign policy disaster now in the Middle East," he said. "Sen. Cantwell has been consistently in support of poorly planned wars."

Cantwell countered that she supports Pres. Obama's plans to withdraw troops in 2014, and she said Pres. Bush deserved blame for not fully funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: The Seattle Times on 2012 Washington Senate debate , Oct 12, 2012

We're wasting resources on democracy-building in Afghanistan

Baumgartner's experience in war zones has also molded his understanding of foreign policy. Unlike many Republicans, he believes the US is wasting its resources on democracy-building in Afghanistan. A more targeted military approach would have worked better and saved trillions of dollars, he said. "Government doesn't come in a box," he said. "It comes through legitimate local growth."

Foreign policy isn't typically the building block of a statewide campaign. Baumgartner acknowledged that most voters care more about domestic issues, especially the economy. That hasn't deterred him. "In my view, people don't care enough about the war," he said. "My interest in foreign policy is above the average voter's interest. That doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it."

[In his campaign], he draws on the lessons of the war zone. "When we were in Iraq & Afghanistan, you didn't sit around thinking about all the things you couldn't do," Baumgartner said. "You thought about the things you could get done."

Source: Seattle Times on 2012 WA Senate debate , Sep 15, 2012

It is time to end the wars

President Abraham Lincoln implored us "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" and this is a commitment I take seriously after having worked alongside so many of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time to end the wars and adopt a smarter foreign policy.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, votebaumgartner.com,"Issues" , Jan 18, 2012

Military spending is too high and going to war is too easy

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, votebaumgartner.com, "Meet" , Nov 22, 2011

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