• 9. Avoid foreign entanglements
    Take your position.
    • Oppose
    • Support
    Importance
    • Very
    • Somewhat
Background

The War & Peace category encompasses situations around the world where the US is involved in a prolonged military intervention, or where the US is involved in prolonged peace negotiations. Currently, that includes four regions of the world:

Central Asia: the War on Terrorism, focusing on Afghanistan.

The Balkans: history of Kosovo, Bosnia, and other former Yugoslav republics.

Israel & Palestine: history since 1948 through the current peace process.

Persian Gulf: situation regarding Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf War.

(Source: OnTheIssues.org)
Official Democratic Position

For over half a decade, our focus on Iraq meant we had taken our eye off of al-Qaeda, and it had cost us thousands of lives, a trillion dollars, and severely strained our key alliances. When President Obama took office, there were over 140,000 American troops in harm's way in Iraq. Today, all of those forces are out of Iraq, and there are no American bases there either. The Iraqi people, in continued partnership with the United States, now have the opportunity to build a better future.

After taking office, President Obama removed our combat brigades and ended our combat mission on a 19-month timetable. And after an interim period in which we continued to advise Iraqis and conduct counterterrorism operations, we completed the drawdown of all U.S. troops last December. This decision was reached after extensive discussions and with the full agreement of the Iraqi government, and it was determined to be in the best interest of both nations.

Source: 2012 Democratic Party Platform , Sep 4, 2012
Official Republican Position

Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons capability threatens America, Israel, and the world. That threat has only become worse during the current Administration. A continuation of its failed engagement policy with Iran will lead to nuclear cascade. In solidarity with the international community, America must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability.

We affirm the unanimous resolution of the U.S. Senate calling for "elections that are free, fair, and meet international standards" and "a representative and responsive democratic government that respects human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law." We urge the next Republican President to unequivocally assert his support for the Iranian people as they protest their despotic regime. We must retain all options in dealing with a situation that gravely threatens our security, our interests, and the safety of our friends.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012
Candidates' Choice
20 Answered
  •  Strongly Oppose
  •  Oppose
  •  No Opinion
  •  Strongly Support
  •  Support
 Strongly Oppose
GILMORE, JAMES S III
GILMORE, JAMES STUART III
GRAHAM, LINDSEY O
HUCKABEE, MIKE
JINDAL, BOBBY
RUBIO, MARCO
SANTORUM, RICHARD J.
 Oppose
BUSH, JEB
CHRISTIE, CHRISTOPHER J
CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM
CRUZ, RAFAEL EDWARD "TED"
FIORINA, CARLY
KASICH, JOHN R
PATAKI, GEORGE E
 No Opinion
O'MALLEY, MARTIN JOSEPH
 Support
CARSON, BENJAMIN S SR MD
PAUL, RAND
TRUMP, DONALD J
 Strongly Support
JOHNSON, GARY EARL
SANDERS, BERNARD
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