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Inaction has its own consequences: keep options on the table

When asked about a decision he wished he had back again, Begich said he had second thoughts about his "gung ho" support, earlier in his tenure, for additional resources and personnel in Afghanistan. He said he's not sure that was the right course given the loss of lives and financial costs. He said that has caused him to look at conflicts in a different way.

Begich said a more comprehensive strategy is needed to fight the Islamic State extremists, which Sullivan agrees with. Begich said he supports air strikes but not U.S. forces on the ground in an offensive way.

Sullivan said there's a misperception that those in the military want to be on the ground in conflicts. "What I want do is defend my country," he said. Begich has been for taking options off the table, he said. "Inaction has its own consequences, as well," Sullivan said to applause.

Source: K. C. Star on 2014 Alaska Senate debate , Oct 30, 2014

Served as assistant secretary of state under Condi Rice

Treadwell also got in a slight dig against Sullivan, an Ohio Native whose residency has been controversial because he lived in Alaska for five years starting in 1997 before moving away to become a White House fellow, serve an active-duty stint in the U.S. Marines, and eventually, work in Washington, D.C., as an assistant secretary of state under Condoleezza Rice. Sullivan returned in 2009 to serve as attorney general under former Gov. Sarah Palin. "Dan, this is before you were here," Treadwell said as he described his efforts to bring a missile defense base to Alaska.
Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Jan 27, 2014

Discourage global investment in Iran for state terrorism

Senator French spends a significant amount of time lauding Norway's "patriots" and energy policies. But those policies are not always enlightened.

When I served as a U.S. assistant secretary of state, one of my responsibilities was to discourage global investment in Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. One of the larger investors in Iran's energy sector was Norway and its state-owned energy company. It took years of pressure from the United States before they finally divested.

Instead of Norway, Senator French should be looking closer to home for policy inspiration.

Source: Dan Sullivan OpEd article: "Oil tax reform" , May 31, 2013

Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel.

Sullivan signed disallowing Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel

Excerpts from Letter from 73 Senators to Secretary of State Kerry We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to seek membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), because the Palestinian Authority is not a state and its express intent is to use this process to threaten Israel.

Pres. Abbas' effort contravene the spirit of earlier agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and erodes the prospect for peace. Therefore, the US must make clear that joining the ICC is not a legitimate or viable path for Palestinians.

Israel is a major strategic partner of the US and is facing increasing pressure from those who seek to delegitimize its very existence. The only realistic and sustainable path to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Supporting argument: (Heritage Foundation, "U.S. Should Not Join the ICC," Aug. 18, 2009): The ICC prosecutor is exploring a request by the Palestinian National Authority to prosecute Israeli commanders for alleged war crimes committed during the recent actions in Gaza. Palestinian lawyers maintain that the Palestinian National Authority can request ICC jurisdiction as the de facto sovereign even though it is not an internationally recognized state. By countenancing Palestine's claims, the ICC prosecutor has enabled pressure to be applied to Israel over alleged war crimes, while ignoring Hamas's incitement of the military action and its commission of war crimes against Israeli civilians. Furthermore, by seemingly recognizing Palestine as a sovereign entity, the prosecutor's action has created a pathway for Palestinian statehood without first reaching a comprehensive peace deal with Israel. This determination is an inherently political issue beyond the ICC's authority.

Source: Palestinian Bid to ICC 14LTR-ICC on Jan 29, 2015

Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank.

Sullivan signed two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank

Congressional Summary: S.Res.6/H.Res.11 objects to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which characterizes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and demands cessation of settlement activities.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, Dec. 19, 2003): In principle, separation seems the best answer to stop the killing. For this reason, a security fence makes sense--if it actually separates Jew from Arab. Unfortunately, to protect a number of disparate Israeli settlements erected in the midst of Palestinian communities, Israel currently is mixing Jew and Arab and separating Arab from Arab. Thus are sown the seeds for conflict. After 36 years of occupation, the land remains almost exclusively Arab. The limited Jewish presence is the result of conscious colonization. The settlements require a pervasive Israeli military occupation, imposing a de facto system of apartheid. Separation offers the only hope, but separation requires dismantling Israeli settlements.

Source: S.Res.6 & H.Res.11 17-SRes6 on Jan 3, 2017

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