THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR

THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR
Laurie Dobson’s Responses………………………………...……….3

Herb Hoffman’s Responses……………………………………….…4

Tom Ledue’s Responses………………………………………….….5

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THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR
1. What do you perceive to be the root causes of terrorism? Poverty, oppression and the suppression of the power of creative ideas. 2. Do you support the war in Afghanistan? No. We are actively encouraging the poppy/heroin trade by depressing and oppressing that nation, contributing to radical ideologies which people turn to when they have reduced hope of advancement. Deterrence and the support for alternative programs should be put in place against violent supremacist regimes. As we are the worst of nations as showing a model for this behavior, it behooves and requires us, not only to end this war, but to show a means for sustaining the peace, as FDR said, “by creating the conditions for peace and peaceful enterprise.” 3. Would you vote to continue to fund the war in Iraq? No. I believe that using the 'power of the purse' is fundamental to stopping war. People elect the Congress; if those who are elected do not show that they will exercise their responsibility to vote to cut off funding, they have become corrupted, in my view, and must be replaced. This is what I believe has happened to the two party incumbent candidates, Allen and Collins, and is the main reason I am running for Congress: to remove them due to their failure to act to defend the people who want to end the war. 4. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would allow for the complete and withdrawal of all U.S. troops, U.S. military bases and military contractors hired by the U.S. government from Iraq? Yes. My war exit strategy is simple: get out now! Our military is smart, and capable of following our direction.

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THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR
1. What do you perceive to be the root causes of terrorism? A sense of impotence in the face of authority or power is a root cause. Terrorism is a tool that is used, usually, by those who have little in the way of resources and are unable to influence the actions of powerful decision makers. An example of this situation was the presence of western military bases in Saudi Arabia, a holy land to the Arabs. It was only after 9/11 that the U.S. military relocated out of Saudi Arabia. An exception to this formulation is the "shock and awe" attack on Baghdad – clearly designed to terrorize the population into submission – which was perpetrated by an overwhelming military force. Terrorism is a political tool that is used when diplomacy fails – with some exceptions to this rule. 2. Do you support the war in Afghanistan? No. I consider this occupation of a sovereign nation to be both illegal and immoral. 3. Would you vote to continue to fund the war in Iraq? NO! 4. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would allow for the complete and withdrawal of all U.S. troops, U.S. military bases and military contractors hired by the U.S. government from Iraq? Yes!

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THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR
1. What do you perceive to be the root causes of terrorism? Machiavelli said that the most dangerous enemy was one that hates and, in hating, he (or she) loses self-interest. He said that there was no adequate defense against those with no self-interest. Certainly, we see this borne out centuries later with the suicide bombers of today. We must ask “Why?” We must seek to understand and then undo the causes that we have any influence over. These include: -The despair of extreme poverty. -Injustice -Oppression -The lack of basic human rights -Exclusion from the political process or economic opportunity -Extremism The more that we can base all of our decisions on the inalienable rights of all people, the more capable we will be in defeating the root causes of terrorism. 2. Do you support the war in Afghanistan? No. What is our mission? What is our exit strategy? What is the role of the UN and the international community? It appears as though we have been drawn into a tribal war that has no end. 3. Would you vote to continue to fund the war in Iraq? No. I would support funding for the war only if it included a plan to transition our troops out of the country as quickly as possible while safeguarding the Iraqi people in that transition.

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THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR
4. Are you willing to introduce, co-sponsor and/or promote legislation that would allow for the complete and withdrawal of all U.S. troops, U.S. military bases and military contractors hired by the U.S. government from Iraq? Yes. I would do so ONLY IF an adequate transition plan that would protect the Iraqi people were developed. We have a moral obligation to work with the Iraqi government and the international community to secure a transition that would protect the Iraqi people as much as possible.

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