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Allen Buckley on War & Peace

2004 former Libertarian Senate challenger (GA)

 


Plan to exit the Middle East

Q: What should the US do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: Continue what we generally have been doing, but not make mistakes like the war in Iraq, that made our terrorism problems worse. Leaving jet fighters in Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War was a mistake. And, we should plan to exit the Middle East. In this regard, we are now energy independent and Israel is doing fine. (Yes, it is enemies with Iran, but so are most of the countries in the Middle East.)

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate , Nov 3, 2020

Involvement in Iraq hurt the US domestically

Q: During your stump speech you mentioned the Iraq War.

AB: It made me sick, to see that war taking place, because I knew it would make our financial problems a lot worse and new we had deep, ingrained financial problems. I knew it would make our terrorism problems a lot worse. And not to brag, I was right about both and it made me sick, because I knew it was based on a pack of lies. It really bothered me."

Source: The Red & Black on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race , Feb 11, 2016

War in Iraq has made terrorism problem worse

If elected, I pledge to thoroughly investigate when I believe that a deception is taking place. [We should] confront people like Dick Cheney. I believe now, and I believed in 2003, that the Bush Administration misled US citizens about the dangers posed by Iraq and of ties of Saddam Hussein’s regime to terrorists. I believe now, as I believed in 2003, that the war in Iraq has made the terrorism problem much worse.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, BuckleyForSenate.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2008

Stay the course in Iraq now that we’re there

The war is Iraq is counter-productive to the war on terrorism. However, at this point, the U.S. needs to stay the course.
Source: Email interview on 2004 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jun 11, 2004

War in Iraq is counter-productive to the war on terrorism

I believe that the Bush Administration misled the country and the Congress regarding the threat posed by Iraq. To me, assuming it did mislead, that action is inexcusable. Going to war is a big deal. The decision regarding war should have been for the Congress to make, after delivery of the true pertinent facts, and without the pre-vote Administration war “campaign” to the public and the media that existed. Consider the immediate and lasting costs (in all forms) due to the hatred created. Given our financial concerns and the lack of a real threat from Iraq, I believe that the action taken was irresponsible and reckless. I believe that the war in Iraq is counter-productive to the war on terrorism. In any event, at this point, the United States needs to “stay the course” and attempt to install a democracy in Iraq.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, BuckleyForSenate.org, “Views” , May 18, 2004

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