Sherrod Brown on War & Peace

Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative (OH-13)


Keep nuke deal with Iran, but use remaining sanctions

Q: Iran: Withdraw from treaty limiting Iran's nuclear capability & lifting some sanctions?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. Use remaining sanctions instead of unraveling agreement.

Jim Renacci (R): Yes. Called Iran #1 state sponsor of terrorism.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Pull soldiers out of Iraq and Afghanistan and end wars

Sen. Sherrod Brown 100 percent supports President Barack Obama's decision to pull soldiers from Iraq and end a war campaign that began a decade ago. He would also welcome a similar resolution in Afghanistan.

Brown offered his opinions on war, politics and aiding veterans in an exclusive interview with the Register. Brown said, "A lot of politicians vote to fund wars, but they're not willing to support veterans."

Source: Sandusky Register on 2018 Ohio Senate race , Jan 1, 2017

Instruct the military to come up with a withdrawal plan

Q: You're opposed to the war, but what specifically do you do now? A: We pressure. We force. We push the Iraqis to build the security forces, the military and the police security forces that they need to build. DeWine and Bush are just saying "status quo, just stay the course." They're not advocating any real change. They've been saying for three years that things were doing well. They clearly haven't really made any real changes in what we're doing in Iraq. Once we push them in a serious way, we push them and pressure them to compromise-the Iraqis, the Sunnis and the Shiites-and we say to the military, we instruct the military that we want to exit Iraq within a year and a half to two years, specifically at what speed, and that the troops exit Iraq in the most orderly and safe way for Americans.
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press , Oct 1, 2006

Iraq has distracted the War on Terror and made us less safe

The fundamental difference on the war on terror since 9/11 is the US has lost its focus. Look what's happened in Afghanistan. The Taliban is stronger than it's been at any time in five years. We know that more poppies are grown to 95% of the poppies in the world are grown in Afghanistan. We're not supporting a moderate democratic government as well as we should in Afghanistan. Then it's not just in Afghanistan that we've lost our focus, that's caused al-Qaeda to be stronger. Go look at what we've done in the US. We've failed to protect our nuclear facilities, our water systems, and our chemical plants. We tell our grandmothers to take their shoes off at the airport, yet we inspect fewer than 10% of cargo containers that come into our ports, that come across I-70 in the heart of Ohio, that come across the turnpike in I-90. The intelligence operation in this country coupled with the loss of focus because of the war in Iraq has made the US less safe.
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press , Oct 1, 2006

Voted against $87 billion that went to Halliburton

Q: Why did vote against $87 billion to fund the war in 2003? A: Because there was a better way to do it. Much of that $87 billion went to Halliburton and Bechtel and Parsons, and there was no accountability. It was a blank check. I wanted the money to go to the troops for body armor. I spoke out on body armor over and over, questioned people like administrator Paul Bremer. DeWine should be ashamed of himself for running ads on television saying that I voted against the $87 billion.
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press , Oct 1, 2006

Safe, orderly troop withdrawal from Iraq by Oct. 2006

Q: Should the US still have troops in Iraq?

A: We can't pull out tomorrow. I voted against the Iraq war initially, I voted against the $87 billion at the beginning of the war to fund the war, I spoke out against the war consistently. I have a resolution right now that requires the President to submit to the American public and to Congress an exit strategy at the end of this year, and next year beginning the troop withdrawal - a safe, orderly troop withdrawal - by October, 2006.

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.sherrodbrown.com, "Q&A" , Dec 4, 2005

Bush and Cheney lied about Iraq

People understand now 1) how the President didn't tell the truth about Iraq and 2) how badly the war has been conducted, and 3) that fighting terrorism is mostly about homeland security and fighting al-Qaeda around the world. Too many American kids have died. Dick Cheney has lied too many times to the American people.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.sherrodbrown.com, "Q&A" , Dec 4, 2005

Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism.

Brown co-sponsored the Resolution on bigotry against Sikh Americans:

Title: Condemning bigotry and violence against Sikh Americans in the wake of terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

Summary: Declares that, in the quest to identify, locate, and bring to justice the perpetrators and sponsors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the civil rights and liberties of all Americans, including Sikh-Americans, should be protected.

Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 01-HR255 on Oct 4, 2001

Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur.

Brown co-sponsored deploying UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur

Calling for the urgent deployment of a robust and effective multinational peacekeeping mission with sufficient size, resources, leadership, and mandate to protect civilians in Darfur.

Legislative Outcome: Agreed to by Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Source: Resolution on Darfur (S.RES 276) 07-SR276 on Jul 19, 2007

Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment.

Brown 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

Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran.

Brown co-sponsored requiring Congress' approval before military action in Iran