Julian Castro on War & Peace

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary


Don't entangle ourselves in wars, but rebuild alliances

My first order of business would be to make sure that we repair our alliances around the world that have helped keep us safer. The country has a role to lead for the values that we believe in, for freedom, democracy, and opportunity. That doesn't mean that we entangle ourselves in wars. We saw what can happen when we make a mistake, like the Iraq war. However, we need to reclaim our role as the world leader in standing up for things like human rights around the world.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

Opposed troops in Syria, but have to plan withdrawal

I think that many folks recognize that it was time for us to pull out of Syria. However, once you're there, you have to make sure that you have a plan for your operations there and for your withdrawal. I do believe, and I agree with folks that say, that both for our own sake, for the sake of our troops, for the sake of our allies, once you're there, you have to actually have a solid plan for how you're going to withdraw.
Source: Meet the Press 2018 interviews for 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 31, 2019

Withdraw US troops from Syria

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2019

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