State of Vermont Archives: on War & Peace

John MacGovern: No nation-building in Afghanistan or Iraq

On the issues, the two primary contestants tout similar conservative views. Both dislike President Obama's health care act, want a drastically smaller federal government, oppose abortion in most cases and are critical of the use of American soldiers to conduct nation-building in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
Source: Burlington Free Press, on 2012 Vermont Senate debate Aug 27, 2012

Sue Minter: Immediate withdrawal from Iraq instead of surge

House resolution calling for the orderly withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq to commence immediately.Legislative record: Adopted by House 95-52-2; Rep. Minter voted YEA.
Source: 2007 Vermont legislature's voting records for HR 11 Feb 13, 2007

Richard Tarrant: No specific deadline, but out of Iraq as soon as possible

Tarrant thinks the US should withdraw its forces from Iraq as soon as possible. He’s not setting a specific deadline, but he wants it done a lot sooner than the President. Tarrant says, “I think we need to get out fairly rapidly. I don’t advocate cutting and running. But I think we’re successful. We have done some good things. We got rid of a terrible dictator. We got them through elections, and now we’ve got a constitution. And there will be elections in December.”
Source: Bob Kinzel series of interviews on Vermont Public Radio Oct 25, 2005

Richard Tarrant: Iraq war is over extending the country’s financial resources

Tarrant is concerned about the growing federal budget deficit. He believes the war in Iraq is over extending the country’s financial resources. Tarrant says, “We’re spending money like drunken sailors in Washington and that’s the Bush Administration certainly. We can’t afford Katrina and tsunamis and building nations. I mean, heating fuels is going to be a big expense that we need to put more money into heating fuel for people this winter that can’t afford it. We can only afford to do so much.”
Source: Bob Kinzel series of interviews on Vermont Public Radio Oct 25, 2005

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