Scott Brown on War & Peace
Republican Jr Senator
Rely on guidance from generals about Afghanistan withdrawal
Asked about Afghanistan, Warren broke with Obama, saying U.S. troops should be brought home ahead of his 2014 withdrawal date. "We can't stay and rebuild Afghanistan forever," she said. "I think it is time to bring our troops home."
Brown, however, said he wouldn't want to second guess the president. "I would rely on the guidance from the president and his generals," he said.
Source: Fox News on 2012 Mass. Senate debate
, Oct 2, 2012
No nuance with Iran: no nuclear weapons
Asked about the possibility that Iran could acquire a nuclear weapon, Brown criticized Warren for not adopting a tough enough response. "We cannot have a nuanced approach that Professor Warren wants," he said.
Warren said she also supports Israel and is opposed to allowing Iran to gain nuclear arms. She also praised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama, saying he's "done a first-rate job. He's taking nothing off the table."
Source: North Adams Transcript on 2012 Mass. Senate debate
, Sep 21, 2012
Supports 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan
On Afghanistan: Supports the troop increase ordered by President Obama this fall, saying 30,000 more troops in
Afghanistan is the only way to defeat al-Qaida, make sure the Taliban don't gain control of the area and establish secure borders.
Source: Nancy Reardon, Quincy Patriot-Ledger: 2010 MA Senate debate
, Jan 14, 2010
Terrorists are not gone from Afghanistan
Brown challenged Coakley, who opposes Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, on national security and terrorism, arguing that she was wrong to support the administration's decision to try self-proclaimed
Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court. After the debate, he also criticized Coakley for declaring that terrorists "are gone" from Afghanistan in explaining her support for an exit strategy.
Source: Washington Post on 2010 MA Senate debate
, Jan 12, 2010
Finish the job in Afghanistan: keep Taliban and al-Qaeda out
Q: On the president's speech about Afghanistan [increasing troops by 30,000 and establishing a withdrawal date in 2011], what do you think we should be doing in Afghanistan?
A: I've always felt that we should rely on the generals on the ground, who hav
called for an increase in troops. I think we need to provide the resources and tools to our men and women to keep them safe, and the tools to finish the job. That area once again become an exporting area for terrorism around the region and the world.
Q: What do you think the job is?
A: This is very clear: it's to make sure that the Taliban and al-Qaeda cannot once again join forces and take over that area.
[If we don't finish that job], they will immediately come back in, and then move on Pakistan--and with its nuclear weapons we'[d have a much larger problem.
Source: NECN Good Morning Live interviews on 2009 MA Senate race
, Nov 30, 2009
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment.
Brown co-sponsored Resolution on Iran's nuclear program
Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the nuclear program of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, that Congress--
- Whereas, since at least the late 1980s, Iran has engaged in a sustained pattern of illicit and deceptive activities to acquire nuclear capability;
- Whereas the UN Security Council has adopted multiple resolutions since 2006 demanding the full suspension of all uranium enrichment-related activities by Iran, particularly possible military dimensions;
- Whereas, in Nov. 2011, the IAEA issued an extensive report that documents "serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme";
- Whereas top leaders of Iran have repeatedly threatened the existence of the State of Israel;
- Whereas the Department of State has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984;
- Whereas Iran has provided weapons, training, & funding to terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Shiite militias in Iraq;
Whereas Iran had forged a "secret deal" with al Qaeda to facilitate the movement of al Qaeda fighters and funding through Iranian territory;
Source: HRes568/SR41 12-SJR41 on May 24, 2012
- Reaffirms that the US Government has a vital interest in working together to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
- warns that time is limited to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
- urges continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran until a full and sustained suspension of all uranium enrichment-related activities;
- expresses that the window for diplomacy is closing;
- expresses support for the universal rights and democratic aspirations of the people of Iran;
- strongly supports US policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
- rejects any US policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.
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