State of Arkansas Archives: on War & Peace


Dan Whitfield: Bring troops home; stop destabilizing foreign governments

No More Foreign Wars! What we need to do is bring all our troops home and stop destabilizing foreign governments, which in the long run makes regions worse for their inhabitants while creating terrorists that hate America. We spend on average around $3 billion dollars PER DAY on war. Most of this money does not go to our troops, but to defense contractor companies whom are mostly owned by ex-legislators. They use these defense companies and wars to funnel tax dollars into their pockets.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us Jun 8, 2020

Dan Whitfield: America has been in the business of war for far too long

We have been at war with foreign nations for the last 222 out of 239 years. What we need to do is bring all our troops home and stop destabilizing foreign governments, which in the long run makes regions worse for their inhabitants while creating terrorists that hate America.

We spend on average around $3 billion dollars PER DAY on war. Most of this money does not go to our troops, but to defense contractor companies whom are mostly owned by ex-legislators.

Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us Nov 30, 2019

Ricky Dale Harrington: End costly wars and foreign entanglements

Q: I believe that we have opportunities that many in the world do not have. I believe that we need to work together to preserve our democratic process. I believe the issues should not trump a person's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those are my libertarian principles; what will you focus on?

A: Criminal justice reform, healthcare reform, foreign policy, ending costly wars, making sure Congress checks the executive branch, repealing the War Powers Act, Patriot Act.

Source: Facebook posting on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Nov 25, 2019

Ricky Dale Harrington: Repeal the War Powers Act & Patriot Act

I believe that we have opportunities that many in the world do not have. I believe that now more than ever we need to work together to preserve our democratic process. I believe the issues should not trump a person's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Criminal justice reform, healthcare reform, foreign policy, ending costly wars, making sure Congress checks the executive branch, repealing the War Powers Act, Patriot Act.

Source: Facebook posting on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Nov 25, 2019

Mark West: Avoid foreign entanglements

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: Support; we can be internationally involved without being militarily involved. I prefer diplomacy.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Curtis Coleman: Use military force top prevent nuclear proliferation

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

Coleman: Yes

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

Coleman: Yes

Source: Vote Smart Arkansas 2016 Political Courage Test Sep 1, 2016

Conner Eldridge: Provide resources to keep military strongest in the world

Conner's plan to keep America safeConner will strongly advocate for an aggressive, unapologetic foreign policy that is consistent with the US Constitution. Conner will fight to ensure our nation's military, intelligence and diplomatic communities have the resources they need to continue to be the strongest in the world and to protect Americans here at home and abroad. Those who would do us harm should understand that we will destroy them if they threaten or harm us.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, ConnerForArkansas.com Aug 31, 2016

Conner Eldridge: Opposes Obama's Iran nuclear deal; needs more verification

Senate Democratic hopeful Conner Eldridge is distancing himself from President Barack Obama on a key foreign policy issue, opposing the Iran nuclear deal backed by the White House.

Eldridge said he opposes the agreement, which aims to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international economic sanctions: "I think the Iran deal is a bad deal for our country," Eldridge told The Associated Press. "Reaching this deal enables $100 billion or more to go to the largest state sponsor of terrorism. That's just not a good deal in my opinion."

Boozman and the other members of the state's all-GOP congressional delegation have criticized the deal. Eldridge said he didn't think the deal's verification measures are strong enough, and said he doesn't think the U.S. should negotiate the agreement without discussing Americans imprisoned in Iran.

Source: Associated Press on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Sep 10, 2015

Bruce Westerman: No way we can accept a nuclear Iran

There is no denying Iran's nuclear ambitions or its former president's declaration that Israel should be wiped off the map. At the same time Iran was negotiating the Joint Plan of Action in Geneva last November, Iranian technicians were visiting North Korea as part of a joint-development program for an ICBM-like launcher.

There is no way Israel or the United States can accept a nuclear Iran. It would pose an immediate threat to Israel and all Americans in the region. It will also allow Iran's surrogate groups a new weapon with which to terrorize the world. We must stand steadfast in opposition to Iranian nuclear capability; furthermore, we must ensure Iran is prevented from even having the capacity to make such a weapon. No final agreement with Iran should allow it to maintain any sort of uranium enrichment capacity (including centrifuges) or heavy water reactor, and must require a stringent inspection regime.

Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, BruceWesterman.com Oct 10, 2014

Mark Swaney: Iraq war was a waste, based on a lie

The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, wants to tell voters why he is running for office. Swaney said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents.

Swaney wants voters to know he thinks the Iraq war unnecessarily took the lives of many U.S. soldiers and cost the country trillions of dollars. "It did nothing to help Iraq or preserve our national security," Swaney said. "It was a war that was a waste, it was based on a lie and, as far as I'm concerned, those who served in the war served honorably and well. I have no problem with people who served in the war, but those who ordered the war and those who pushed us into that war are guilty or perpetrating a national disgrace. When I'm in office, I will do as much as I can to promote peaceful foreign policies."

Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Tom Cotton: Jihadists attack us for who we are

Q: There have been some calls for more ethnic profiling. Is there cooperation in the Muslim community?

Former NYC Mayor RUDY GIULIANI: You have to go where the evidence takes you. Profiling is perfectly legal and perfectly legitimate if you're following objective evidence. Unfortunately, a significant number of these attacks come about from this distorted Islamic extremist ideology. So you can't ignore it. You've got to go after it.

REP. TOM COTTON: The mayor makes the core point: that jihadists around the world don't attack us for the actions we take, they attack us for who we are. We are freedom's home, and we are freedom's defender. It didn't take Guantanamo Bay, it didn't take drones, to knock down those towers on 9-11. If we grounded every drone, if we close Guantanamo Bay, they'd find another pretext to attack us.

Source: Meet the Press 2013 interview on 2014 Arkansas Senate race May 5, 2013

Tom Cotton: Iraq War was just and noble

Q: What do you feel, in retrospect, about the Iraq War?

COTTON: The Iraq war wasn't just a noble war. I joined the army after 9/11, after the Iraq war was started. I joined in part because I wanted to go fight on the front lines. After the surge, I felt that we succeeded. And we have a generation of veterans whose accomplishments in Iraq we should celebrate; and now who are going to be leaders all around the country. We're going to make America a better place.

Q: Was it worth it to the lives that were lost there? Was it worth it with the trillions of dollars that we've spent there?

COTTON: I would say it was worth it, but it was also a little bit too soon to tell because there's nothing ever certain in human affairs. But if you look at the accomplishment of our troops in Iraq, they deposed an evil tyrant who was an aggressive international dictator. He had demonstrated the ability and the will to use weapons of mass destruction. Under those conditions, it was a just and noble war.

Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Mar 17, 2013

  • The above quotations are from State of Arkansas Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on War & Peace.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2020 Presidential contenders on War & Peace:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Jan 27, 2021