State of Georgia Archives: on War & Peace

Latham Saddler: Became fluent in Farsi; joined the Navy SEALs

Knowing that the U.S. military needed additional experts in Middle Eastern studies, he began teaching himself Farsi. Saddler eventually went back to school, earned two master's degrees, and became fluent in the language. Then, in 2011, Saddler joined the Navy through Officer Candidate School and, at 28, entered SEAL Training as the oldest member of his class and upon graduation reported to the SEAL Teams. "It was a privilege simply to serve alongside SEALs, let alone lead them," Saddler says.
Source: UGA Today on 2022 Georgia Senate race Apr 28, 2021

Allen Buckley: 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

David Perdue: Opposed requiring Congressional approval of attack on Iran

Q: Oppose military attacks on Iran without congressional approval?

Perdue: No. Opposed bill to require approval. Supported 2020 attack; "justice has been served."

Ossoff: No position found, although opposed Trump withdrawal from Iran nuclear treaty.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Derrick Grayson: Policies of regime change intervention must be abandoned

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

A: Enhanced immigration policies should be maintained in order to limit those coming into the country will ill intent towards Americans. Our policies of regime change intervention must also be abandoned.

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

Ed Tarver: Coordinate with allies to dismantle extremist networks

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

A: The United States should aggressively work to eliminate terrorist cells and apprehend supporters of terrorism in the U.S., coordinate with allies to dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and use available technology to identify, track, and eliminate funding and resources to terrorist organizations.

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

Shane Hazel: Our policy should be that of non-intervention

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

A: America's foreign policy should be that of non-intervention. Our intervention in places like Iran in 1952 under operation Ajax has changed our relationship with the entire Middle East for over 70 years. We are now dealing with blowback. The greatest threat to this nation are the 545 members of our own government and bureaucracy that is never held accountable. We should remove our military from 150 countries around the world. We should open up trade and remove government from private interactions around the world. We are goods and services cross borders tanks in armies do not. We should be advocating for peace thru liberty.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Forever wars are killing us; #EndTheWars

Hazel wants to expose war hawks and associated lobbyists who use wars to get rich. He wants to end the forever wars. "War is a racket, and the forever wars are killing us. #EndTheWars"
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website Oct 27, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Congress should vote on war actions, including Afghanistan

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, Jan 12, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Sanctions against Iran, but diplomacy as well

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, Jan 12, 2020

Doug Collins: Claimed Democrats "in love with terrorists," then apologized

After a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani, Collins smeared Democratic critics as being "in love with terrorists." In a Twitter thread, Collins abruptly had a more apologetic tone. The congressman tweeted, "Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week."
Source: Alternet blog on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jan 10, 2020

Matt Lieberman: Against rejoining Iran Deal until better deal made

Lieberman would not support re-entering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran deal is formally known. "I think it would be great to have a better deal than the one that we had before," he said. Lieberman would not say whether he supported or opposed Trump's decision in 2017 to withdraw the United States from the landmark nuclear pact with Tehran.
Source: Times of Israel on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 15, 2019

Matt Lieberman: Iran nuclear deal could have been better

"I think the Iran nuclear deal could have been better," said the Senate hopeful. "The benefit of delaying Iran's nuclear capability may well have been outweighed by the cost of freeing up enormous sums of money for Iran to wreak havoc-- I think any future deal would need to look at what that experience has been and would look at what Iran has done with the funds that were opened up to it and take that into much more serious consideration given actual events that have transpired."
Source: on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 24, 2019

Stacey Abrams: US should be judicious & careful with our use of military

The reality is that often the armed conflicts that we enter--not always--but there are some armed conflicts where it is about the protection of people's bodies. And we cannot diminish the importance of America leveraging its military might to actually protect those communities that are at risk. I think we should always be judicious about and careful with our use of military might. War is a terrible, horrific thing.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2022 Georgia Governor race May 10, 2019

David Perdue: North Korean sanctions prove diplomacy succeeds

He was hopeful about global cooperation in addressing the North Korean threat. "If you look at what China and Russia didn't do on the U.N. sanctions, they didn't veto it. That's a huge step." He said that he "knows for a fact" that North Korean sanctions were a topic discussed when Chinese president Xi Jingping came to the U.S. and when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went to Moscow. "We needed them to abstain, and that's exactly what they did. And now we have those sanctions," Perdue said.
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting on 2020 Georgia Senate race Aug 25, 2017

Hunter Hill: I fought to defend our values in Afghanistan and Iraq

I am running to cast a bold vision for Georgia that can only come about with true, conservative leadership. Republicans have an opportunity to bring about sweeping change in Georgia, and I refuse to stand by and simply mark time. Georgians expect and demand results, and I am ready to deliver.

In the coming months, I'm going to take my message directly to Georgians. I am dedicated to America's founding values and principles of God-given rights, limited government, free enterprise and expanded liberty. I have fought to defend these values in Afghanistan and Iraq and in the Georgia Senate.

Source: 2018 Georgia governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Avoid reckless, destabilizing missteps like the Iraq War

In Congress, Jon will push for a tough, smart foreign policy that protects our national security while avoiding reckless, destabilizing missteps like the Iraq War.

As an investigative film executive, Jon has managed high-risk operations in conflict zones. Last year, one of his investigative teams documented evidence of war crimes on the front line in Iraq. His teams have also exposed the corrupt theft and black market sale of foreign aid funded by American taxpayers.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Destroy ISIS without deploying regular US ground forces

Jon will oppose unnecessary military intervention overseas and will only support the use of force where US national security is at stake.

Jon will back efforts to destroy ISIS without deploying regular US ground forces. He will work to ensure that law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the military have the resources and authorities necessary to prevent terrorism without sacrificing privacy and human rights. Jon will vigorously oppose the torture of detainees and prisoners of war in US custody.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Drew Ferguson: Distrust ill-conceived nuclear "deal" with Iran

After the ill-conceived nuclear "deal" with Iran was negotiated (if that is the right word) by Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran's economy was and is expected to grow quickly (unlike ours).

For starters, as part of that nuclear "deal," the sanctions against Iran were lifted at the beginning of this year. Also the United States paid Iran the one-and-half-billion (yes, with a "b") dollars we "owed" them. But with the nuclear "deal" in place, we can rest comfortably. Of course, Iran will keep its word and follow the letter of the law in the agreement it signed.Wait-and-see? How long should we wait? Why would be would expect to see anything different? Iran cannot be trusted. Period.

Source: 2016 Georgia House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Drew Ferguson: Radical Islam will always be an enemy to the world

In my opinion, all terrorists are cowards. When you target the lives of innocent civilians, you merit no mercy. We have seen time and time again that you cannot make deals with terrorists. It is time that our leaders take action and show resolve in response to the recent bombings in Brussels.

The time to act is NOW. Radical Islam will always be an enemy to the world. We cannot sit by idly and wait until terror strikes again. Our loved ones and neighbors could be the next targets. It is up to us.

Source: 2016 Georgia House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Jim Barksdale: No wars of choice without clear purpose & exit strategy

Honoring our Veterans means not going into unilateral wars of choice, like Iraq in 2003, where there is not a clear purpose or exit strategy.

Jim's top priority is keeping Americans safe. At times, American foreign policy choices have led to decisions that have ultimately not made us safe, like the disastrous 2003 Iraq War that Jim vigorously opposed.

The Iraq War cost way too much in American lives, distracted our focus from Afghanistan and finding Osama Bin Laden. The resulting instability has left the United States in the middle of a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims and given rise to ISIS.

The war, paid for with borrowed money, also put significant pressures on our long term debt and short term deficits, and will continue to have significant budget consequences for the foreseeable future. It also put pressures on our VA system that must be addressed.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Allen Buckley: 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

Derrick Grayson: Non-intervention: Bring our troops home immediately

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2015

Doug Collins: Afghan withdrawal when commanders say, on secret timetable

Q: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?

A: As someone who has served on the ground in Iraq, I believe the best decisions regarding a withdrawal in Afghanistan should be determined by the commanders and military leaders we have overseas who defend our country day in and day out. I support a timetable that is put in place by these men and women, but I feel we must not allow our enemies to learn of any definite plan.

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Doug Collins: Iran is an imminent threat to the US

Q: Should the US use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?

A: I believe Iran is an imminent threat to the US and also one of our greatest friends, Israel. Protecting our citizenry from any threat--foreign or domestic--is an obligation the federal government must uphold;

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Rand Knight: Get out of Iraq within 12-18 months

We need to get out of Iraq as quickly as possible. This war is bankrupting our country. Itís making it impossible for us to invest in our own people. We are building roads and schools and hospitals for countries half way around the world where they are teaching children to hate America while we ignore our own people who are in despair on the streets.

We have a massive opportunity to invest in renewable energy and jobs in this country and instead weíre dumping money in a country because they have oil. I doubt if there were not one drop of oil in Iraq that we would have been there this long. If it were human rights that we were concerned about, we would be helping the people of Darfur and other countries.

We need to withdraw within the next twelve to eighteen months & have the United Nations security force help us out. Right now our leaders have no exit strategy and we are ignoring the pain of our own people.

Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Shift responsibility of Iraq to Iraqi people & government

Itís been almost five years since President Bush flew in on an aircraft carrier and declared ďMission Accomplished.Ē Yet, we still donít know the mission in Iraq and what was accomplished.

We must shift the responsibility of Iraq to the Iraqi people and their government. The answer to this war is not solely a military one. There have to be diplomatic solutions and I am prepared to provide the leadership to help determine the solution and complete this mission.

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, Jun 3, 2008

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