State of Montana Archives: on War & Peace


Steve Daines: The best way to ensure Mideast peace is Israeli strength

Steve Daines, back from a weeklong trip to Israel sponsored by a pro-Israel group, said he came away convinced that maintaining a strong defense is the best foundation for securing peace and stability in the Middle East. Daines and two dozen other Republican US House members made the trip. They met with Israeli and Palestinian officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Daines said he asked the prime minister about President Barack Obama's plans to reduce America's nuclear weapons arsenal, and that Netanyahu said he had concerns because of nuclear weapons that could be developed by enemies of Israel in the Middle East. "The prime minister, as I do, believes that one of the best ways to ensure peace is to have strength," Daines said. "It's important for the United States to maintain a strong defense."

Source: Ravalli Republic coverage of 2014 Montana Senate debate Aug 20, 2013

Sam Rankin: Timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?

A: No.

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

A: No.

Source: Montana Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Michael Lange: Withdraw US troops from Iraq

Q: Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?

A: No.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

A: The Iraq situation must come to a timely and effective conclusion. At this point, we must have assurance that IRAQ will not become an adversary when we leave. Troop drawdown cannot happen overnight, and must be done in a responsible manner. We must get it right.

Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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