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Bernie Sanders on War & Peace : Jan 14, 2020
Great disasters of our time--Vietnam & Iraq--based on lies

SANDERS [to Joe Biden]: In 2002, when the Congress was debating whether or not we invade Iraq, I said that would be a disaster, Joe and I listened to what Dick Cheney and George Bush had to say. I thought they were lying. Joe saw it differently. Last year, I helped pass a War Powers Act resolution, which said that the war in Yemen was unconstitutional because Congress had not authorized it. We got a majority vote in the Senate & House. Unfortunately, Trump vetoed that and that horrific war continues.

V.P. Joe BIDEN: I said 13 years ago it was a mistake to trust that they weren't going to go to war, to stop what we thought to be Iraq's attempt to get a nuclear weapon.

SANDERS: We have to face as a nation is that the two great foreign policy disasters of our lifetimes were the war in Vietnam and the war in Iraq. Both of those wars were based on lies. And right now, what I fear is we have a president who is lying again and could drag us into a war that is even worse than the war in Iraq.

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Bernie Sanders on War & Peace : Jan 14, 2020
Passed bipartisan War Powers Act to stop Yemen war

SANDERS: When Congress was debating whether or not we go into a war in Iraq, I said that would be a disaster. I helped pass a War Powers Act resolution, working with a conservative Republican, Mike Lee of Utah, which said that the war in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, was unconstitutional because Congress had not authorized it. We got a majority vote in the Senate. We got a majority vote in the House. Unfortunately, Bush vetoed that and that horrific war continues.

V.P. Joe BIDEN: I said 13 years ago it was a mistake to give the president the authority to go to war if, in fact, he couldn't get inspectors into Iraq to stop what--thought to be the attempt to get a nuclear weapon. It was a mistake, and I acknowledged that. But the man who also argued against that war, Barack Obama, picked me to be his vice president. And once we were elected, he asked me to end that war.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 7th Democrat primary debate, on eve of Iowa caucus

Cory Booker on War & Peace : Sep 4, 2019
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We made & delivered bombs that are being dropped on Yemen Let's talk about military because a UN report just came out talking about what's going on in Yemen and America's role in this. We are ramping up militarization in this country in ways that not only violate our Constitution but violate our morals and we massive investments thinking we can solve problems with military interventions that often cause problems. Hello Iraq War. Hello Yemen.

We need to start to understand that this incredible amount of resources we're pouring into our military. We need to begin to not just bleed our economy trillions of dollars spent in wars overseas. [Investments that] will actually fuel our economy by creating a multiplier effect benefit in terms of economic growth, and in terms of jobs.

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Marianne Williamson on Foreign Policy : Aug 16, 2019
Stronger position on Saudi Arabia; end involvement in Yemen

The United States needs to take a much stronger position with regard to Saudi Arabia. We must stop US involvement in the war in Yemen. We should reject all arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. We should press for an independent criminal investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi including any role that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have played.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential primary

Bill de Blasio on War & Peace : Aug 12, 2019
Opposes U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen

De Blasio opposes U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Back in March, he applauded the Senate's passage of a resolution that would have ended U.S. support, calling the intervention "brutal and immoral." More broadly, he wants Congress to more vigorously exercise its war powers. "As president I would want the Congress to authorize major military actions because getting away from that has made it bluntly too easy for these kind of interventions to occur."
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Andrew Yang on Foreign Policy : Aug 9, 2019
Let our values lead us: no aid to Saudi Arabia against Yemen

The United States should be providing no aid to Saudi Arabia in its assault on Yemen. We must be pragmatic in our foreign policy in recognizing that we will often have to deal with countries that have bad values. We should also be sure to always let our values lead us. A reset of the relationship with Saudi Arabia under this understanding would prevent us from getting involved in another conflict like the one in Yemen by centering our diplomacy around our values and ideals.
Click for Andrew Yang on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential primary

Pete Buttigieg on Foreign Policy : Jul 30, 2019
We must reset our relationship with Saudi Arabia

The United States must halt military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. As president, I would suspend all arms sales to Saudi Arabia that could be used in the Yemen war. We need to increase our diplomatic efforts and work with our allies to end the conflict itself, which has generated the world's worst humanitarian crisis and helped to spread extremism. We must reset our relationship with Saudi Arabia, so that our interests and values drive the relationship--not the other way around.
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Seth Moulton on Foreign Policy : Jul 30, 2019
Need to push Saudis on human rights, not arm Yemen war

Saudi leadership is playing a double game of implementing some limited societal and economic reforms while, at the same time, cracking down on dissidents--including Jamaal Khashoggi, the journalist living in the United States who the Saudis brutally murdered. In 2020 and beyond, we need to push the Saudis on human rights, stop giving them weapons to kill civilians in Yemen, and make the terms of our alliance conditional on their compliance.
Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential primary

Beto O`Rourke on War & Peace : Jul 30, 2019
End U.S. wars in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Syria

It's time to bring those servicemembers back home from Afghanistan, but also from Iraq, also from Yemen, and Somalia, and Libya, and Syria. There is no reason for us to be at war all over the world tonight. As president, I will end those wars, and we will not start new wars. We will not send more U.S. servicemembers overseas to sacrifice their lives and to take the lives of others in our name. We can resolve these challenges peacefully and diplomatically.
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Marianne Williamson on War & Peace : Jul 28, 2019
We're spending $350B supporting genocidal war against Yemen

Q: What should be America's role in the world?

WILLIAMSON: Moral leadership. Our grandparents would be rolling over in their graves to see something like, for the sake of a $350 billion-dollar arms deal over the next ten years, we are giving aerial support to a genocidal war that Saudi Arabia is waging against Yemen. I'm not saying that America was ever perfect, but there was a time on this planet when other nations, and Americans ourselves, saw that we at least tried to stand for de

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Joe Biden on War & Peace : Jul 11, 2019
End "forever wars" in Afghanistan & Middle East

"The world's democracies look to America to stand for the values that unite us.--Donald Trump seems to be on the other team," Biden said during a foreign policy speech, hammering the president for "embracing dictators who appeal to his vanity" and emboldening a worldwide rise of nationalism, xenophobia and isolationism. Biden promised to "end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East" and terminate U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Seattle Times on 2019 Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders on War & Peace : Jun 27, 2019
Used War Powers Act to get US out of Saudi-Yemen war

Q [to Joe Biden]: You voted for the Iraq war. You have said you regret that vote. Why should voters trust your judgment when it comes to making a decision about war the next time?

V.P. Joe BIDEN: I was responsible for getting 150,000 combat troops out of Iraq. I also think we should not have combat troops in Afghanistan. It's long overdue. It should end.

Sen. Bernie SANDERS: One of the differences that Joe and I have in our record is Joe voted for that war, I helped lead the opposition to that war, which was a total disaster. I helped lead the effort for the first time to utilize the War Powers Act to get the United States out of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, which is the most horrific humanitarian disaster on Earth. Let me be very clear. I will do everything I can to prevent a war with Iran, which would be far worse than disastrous war with Iraq.

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Beto O`Rourke on War & Peace : Jun 14, 2019
Deal with conflicts diplomatically or fight wars for years

I'm going to make sure that we end the wars in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Syria, and Somalia, and Yemen and Libya. We've got to find a way to peacefully, diplomatically convene other players and stakeholders in these regions to resolve otherwise intractable problems or else let's expect to find ourselves at war 10, 15, 20 years from now. I will not put the life of an American service member on the line unless that is the option of last resort. There are other options available to us.
Click for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.   Source: NPR Morning Edition, "Election 2020: Opening Arguments"

Marianne Williamson on Foreign Policy : Apr 14, 2019
Return moral principles to our foreign policy

I want the moral leadership of our State Department back. When you're willing to -- for the sake of a $100 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, go along with support for a genocidal war that we know has starved tens of thousands of Yemenis, when Mike Pompeo says, "well, sometimes you can have strategic partnerships with people who do not share your values," no, you can't. It means you have sacrificed your values. I want the moral principles that should be central to American foreign policy back.
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Mike Gravel on War & Peace : Apr 9, 2019
End military aid to Saudi Arabia; no support for Yemen war

The US' relationship to Saudi Arabia is extraordinarily corrupt. For decades, the Saudi royal family has used oil money to influence American policy; from the prominence of "Bandar Bush" to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claiming to have Jared Kushner "in his pocket," our leaders have been serving Saudi interests for far too long. Saudi Arabia is a repressive dictatorship which regularly engages in torture and murder, as seen most recently in the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Its curtailment of women's rights has been appalling.

The United States government serves as a salesman of death around the globe. The only way to clamp down on the military-industrial complex, the greatest enemy of the American people, is a hard line against selling weapons abroad.

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Tulsi Gabbard on War & Peace : Mar 27, 2019
No regime change in Iran; no war in Yemen

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Cory Booker on War & Peace : Mar 27, 2019
End intervention in Yemen & Iran, but not Israel

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Kirsten Gillibrand on War & Peace : Mar 27, 2019
Withdraw from Yemen; Withdraw from Afghanistan

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Elizabeth Warren on War & Peace : Mar 27, 2019
No intervention in Yemen; but intervention in Gaza OK

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Bernie Sanders on War & Peace : Feb 19, 2019
End Syrian conflict; pull out U.S. troops

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Kamala Harris on War & Peace : Feb 11, 2019
Opposes US support for Saudi military action in Yemen

Harris opposes U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. She joined with 55 other senators to support a resolution to end all U.S. military actions in Yemen that aren't aimed at defeating al-Qaeda. Harris spelled out her reasoning for opposing U.S. policy toward Yemen: "More than 10,000 people have been killed in this conflict that was not authorized by Congress. I believe we must reassert our constitutional authority to authorize war and conduct oversight."
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Bernie Sanders on War & Peace : Feb 5, 2019
Our Saudi allies give US-made weapons to Al Qaeda in Yemen

As important as it is to respond to what President Trump said [in the State of the Union speech], it is even more important to discuss what Trump refused to talk about --which happens to include some of the most important issues facing our country and the world.

How can the President say nothing about Yemen, where the worst humanitarian crisis in the world is currently taking place, brought on by a Saudi-led war that the United States is supporting? Just yesterday, a CNN report detailed how our Saudi and Emirati allies have been giving U.S.-made weapons to Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Yemen, and have also fallen into the hands of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. This war is a disaster, which is why the Senate passed my resolution last December calling on the president to end our support for it, and why colleagues in both the House and Senate re-introduced that legislation last week. Yet the president did not even mention it.

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John Delaney on War & Peace : Feb 4, 2019
Withdraw military aid from Saudi forces fighting in Yemen

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Cory Booker on Foreign Policy : Feb 1, 2019
Re-examine relationship with Saudi Arabia

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Kirsten Gillibrand on War & Peace : Jan 16, 2019
End military aid to Saudi Arabia to attack Yemen

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Tulsi Gabbard on War & Peace : Jan 14, 2019
End US support for Saudi-led conflict in Yemen

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Bernie Sanders on War & Peace : Nov 25, 2018
Withdraw US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen

Q: You back a resolution for pulling back any kind of U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Do you see, given the scrutiny in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi new support for this bill?

SANDERS: I do. When we brought this up in March we ended up with 44 votes--only 5 Republicans. I think we now have a chance to get a majority of the Senate. I think people are looking at the horrific humanitarian disaster now taking place in Yemen. There was a recent report that over the last number of years some 75,000 children have died of starvation. This is a country dealing with cholera, with a terrible level of famine. This war was never authorized by the US Congress in violation of our constitution. And you got the Khashoggi incident which says that we have a Saudi government led by a despotic ruler who killed a political opponent in cold blood. Add that all together. I think the American people & Congress are now saying let us end our support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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Donald Trump on Immigration : Mar 6, 2017
Protect America by banning refugees from terrorist countries

The Trump administration today announced a new Muslim ban executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry". [The original Jan. 2017 order reduces to 50,000 the annual number of refugees allowed from 7 Muslim countries, and sets the number allowed from Syria to zero. After a court found that unconstitutional, the March 2017 order replaced the list of 7 countries with Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, for 90 days]. The director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project had this reaction:

"The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws. The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban. Instead, Pres. Trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination. The changes the Trump administration has made completely undermine the bogus national security justifications the president has tried to hide behind.

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John Kasich on Foreign Policy : Jan 15, 2015
Criticizes Saudis for extremism in Sunni-Shia split

During the Fox Business Network debate in Charleston, the moderator asked John Kasich about Saudi Arabia's recent execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The Ohio governor is nearly alone in discussing Saudi Arabian support to Sunni extremist groups in such a public forum.

As Saudi Arabia has courted international controversy--by launching a bloody war in Yemen last year and embarking on a steep increase in executions for minor or political crimes-- the country has also ramped up its efforts to influence the American policy debate. Still, one of the main goals of Saudi outreach is to promote the idea that the country serves as a strong ally to U.S. efforts in Syria, a point referenced by Kasich. The truth, however, is that Saudi shifted much of its military from striking ISIS targets in Syria to focus on the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Lee Fang in The Intercept on 2016 Presidential hopefuls

Barack Obama on War & Peace : Jan 28, 2014
Support rebels in Syria who oppose terrorism

While we have put al Qaeda's core leadership on a path to defeat, the threat has evolved, as al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world. In Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali, we have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable these networks. In Syria, we'll support the opposition that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks.

American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, is why Syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated, and we will continue to work with the international community to usher in the future the Syrian people deserve--a future free of dictatorship, terror and fear.

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Hillary Clinton on Homeland Security : Nov 1, 2003
I despise terrorism and the nihilism it represents

On Oct. 11, the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists in Yemen. The explosion killed 17 US sailors and ripped a hole in the destroyer’s hull. This attack, like the embassy bombings, was later traced to al Qaeda.

I despise terrorism and the nihilism it represents, and I was incredulous when the NY Republican Party and Lazio campaign insinuated that I was somehow involved with the terrorists who blew up the Cole. They made this charge in a TV ad and an automatic telephone message directed to NY voters 12 days before the election. The story they concocted was that I had received a donation from somebody who belonged to a group that they said supported terrorists--“the same kind of terrorism that killed our sailors on the USS Cole.” The phone script told people to call me and tell me to “stop supporting terrorism.” This last-minute desperation tactic blew up, however, thanks to a vigorous response by my campaign and with help from former NYC mayor Ed Koch, who cut a TV commercial scolding Lazio.

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