State of Kansas Archives: on War & Peace


Dave Lindstrom: Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world

Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world. The Obama Administration's Iran Deal was a disaster. Iran has continued to show aggression to Israel and the United States. Iran is also the largest threat against Saudi Arabia, the largest country in the Arab World. President Trump has also brought great leadership by strategically bringing Saudi Arabia, an enemy to Israel for many years, to the peace table with Israel.

The U.S. must not support the creation of a new state where terrorism is financially incentivized. President Trump signed into law the Taylor Force Act in 2018, a bill that stops U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority until they cease paying stipends through the Palestinian Authority Martyr's Fund to individuals who commit acts of terrorism and to the families of deceased terrorists. I support this legislation. This decisive action will help bring an end to senseless killing.

Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website LindstromForSenate.com May 31, 2020

Dave Lindstrom: Measure military success with clearly articulable goals

The term "endless wars" is often used to describe lengthy conflicts. War is not a TV sitcom to be resolved in 30 minutes. Rather, achieving clearly articulable goals identified prior to the engagement must be the measure by which military operations are assessed and executed--and these operations should then be executed in the most effective, most expeditious manner. Our military should not be deployed any longer than is necessary to achieve the stated outcome.
Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website LindstromForSenate.com May 31, 2020

Ron Estes: Take the fight to ISIS and exit the disastrous Iran deal

ISIS and Iran have been emboldened by the disastrous foreign policies of President Obama. Those who wish to do us harm have grown stronger as the Middle East continues to unravel. The Obama administration turned its back on our strongest ally in the region, Israel. The United States must play a leadership role in taking the fight to ISIS and exit the disastrous Iran deal. In addition, we must have better safeguards in place to prevent radical Islamic terrorists from gaining entry to our nation.
Source: 2017 Kansas House campaign website EstesForCongress.com Apr 11, 2017

Roger Marshall: Apply "peace through strength" to fight terrorism

Radical Islam will stop at nothing and will exploit any weakness they see.

Roger Marshall believes in Reagan's "Peace through Strength" approach and is opposed to military actions without a clear, obtainable objective.

Source: 2016 Kansas House campaign website KansansForMarshall.com Nov 8, 2016

Patrick Wiesner: Protection of Iraqi oil reserves is a vital US interest

Q: The Islamic State continues to mobilize in areas of the Middle East and inspire terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States but Congress has dismissed attempts to declare war on ISIS or approve an Authorization for Use of Military Force.

WIESNER: A bedrock value of Americans is that we help our allies. Iraq is an ally and now needs our help. Protection of their oil reserves is a vital interest. We first must recognize that we cannot expect that country to function as a democracy. They, historically, don't chose leaders by elections. Neither will they develop a western style free-market economy. The Middle East way of doing business is different than ours. The United States cannot let the terrorist ISIS army march into Iraq and seize the oil fields. If ISIS takes control of these fields, they will use that oil wealth to promote violence against us and our allies. I support use of our military to defeat ISIS wherever they are including in Syria, Libya, or Iraq.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal voter guide: 2016 Kansas Senate race Oct 1, 2016

Patrick Wiesner: It's up to the US to completely defeat ISIS

Q: How should Congress direct the next president in the fight against ISIS?.

WIESNER: Complete defeat of ISIS is necessary. Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan, don't have economies strong enough to pay for the military and police forces required to control ISIS while at the same time providing for the needs of their own people. So it's up [to] the United States to stop ISIS; no other nations have this capability. After our troops give us victory, they can come home for good.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal voter guide: 2016 Kansas Senate race Oct 1, 2016

Randall Batson: Strongly supports staying out of Iran

Q: Do you support or oppose staying out of Iran?

A: Strongly Support.

Source: Email interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Chad Taylor: Sanctions on Iran are working; no further military action

Q: What is your position on US sanctions or further military action in Iran?

A: Our foreign policy needs to be strong and firm. The first priority is safety and security, and that follows from being consistent and firm. The US cannot waffle back and forth.

Q: What does that mean specifically for Iran?

A: We should keep the current stringent sanctions because they appear to be working. Further military action is not currently needed.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Chad Taylor: Air patrols on Syria ok; no deeper involvement

Q: What is your position on US sanctions or further military action in Syria?

A: As with Iran, our Syria policy is that the US needs to be consistent and firm. Getting involved in the Syria situation has not proven to provide any dividends. Any deeper US involvement would constitute an act of war. Patrolling by air, as we currently do, is ok; the current sanctions are ok; but consistency is the most important policy.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Jim Slattery: Roberts delayed prewar intelligence to justify war in Iraq

Slattery accused Roberts of using his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee to protect the Bush administration from political embarrassment. Slattery says Roberts intentionally delayed a review of how the president and his allies used prewar intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. “Many Kansans,” he said, “do not even know that Senator Roberts was chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the lead-up to the war in Iraq and that he blocked investigations to determine who was responsible.

Roberts said Slattery’s charges are inaccurate: “Since it’s not accurate and he knows it, it’s not responsible.”

Experts in national defense and foreign policy think Slattery makes a valid point, although they question a second charge that Roberts failed to inform the American people prior to the war in 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate reported in the Kansas City Star Oct 22, 2008

Pat Roberts: I led exposure of pre-Iraq war intelligence failures

Slattery says Roberts intentionally delayed a review of how the president and his allies used prewar intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. Experts in national defense and foreign policy think Slattery makes a valid point, although they question a second charge that Roberts failed to inform the American people prior to the war in 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Roberts stands by the committee’s work and its reforms of the intelligence network. “We had an egregious intelligence failure in the United States, and it was worldwide... and the reason now that my opponent even knows that there was bad intelligence and America knows it and everybody knows it... was because of the work that I led,” he said.

Roberts’ panel finished its work in June, long after interest faded and even 18 months after Democrats seized control of the Senate. Many think the committee dragged its feet.

Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate reported in the Kansas City Star Oct 22, 2008

Jim Slattery: Roberts should have known Iraq intelligence was inaccurate

As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Slattery believes Roberts should have known the intelligence used to invade Iraq was wrong. Roberts countered that the whole world believed the intelligence was accurate, and that once that was deemed not to be the case, his committee let the truth be known.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate debate reported on KSN News Sep 6, 2008

Pat Roberts: Whole world believed Iraq intelligence was accurate

As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Slattery believes Roberts should have known the intelligence used to invade Iraq was wrong. Roberts countered that the whole world believed the intelligence was accurate, and that once that was deemed not to be the case, his committee let the truth be known.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate debate reported on KSN News Sep 6, 2008

Kris Kobach: Keep US troops in Iraq; pay for it with Iraqi oil

Q: Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?

A: Yes. ONLY if Israel is satisfied that the state would not threaten its security.

Q: Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?

A: No. The United States must maintain a military presence in Iraq until adequate stability is achieved. Revenue from the sale of Iraq's oil should be used to pay for reconstruction efforts.

Q: Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?

A: No.

Q: Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?

A: Undecided.

Source: 2004 Kansas Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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