State of Virginia secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy

Tom Garrett: Depose Mideast governments that won't confront Radical Islam

We cannot be the world's policeman, and we should not try. However, this doesn't mean we cannot confront Radical Islam. We should use the British Model to control extremists in the Middle East. If the United States poses a greater threat to a Government's existence than the radical elements, and the United States makes it clear we will depose those governments who either ignore or empower radical Islamic terrorists, then those nations will be incentivized to keep the radicals in check themselves. We cannot be the world's policemen, but we can deputize other governments in that fight.
Source: 2016 VA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Jim Gilmore: Pursue terrorists into Pakistan, but maintain secrecy

Gilmore, who chaired a federal homeland security commission in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, agreed with Warner that US troops should have the right to enter Pakistan in search of terrorists. But Gilmore also stressed that Pakistan remains a US ally. “I think I would not sit here in an open forum today and say and describe the country of Pakistan as one of the great potential threats,” Gilmore said.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post Sep 19, 2008

Mark Warner: Pakistan could emerge as world’s most dangerous nation

Warner, who does not have a background in foreign affairs, said he believes Pakistan could one day emerge as “the most dangerous nation” in the world. “The challenge with the Pakistanis is one day they’re helping us and the next they’re indirectly funneling help to the Taliban,” said Warner, who also raised concerns about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post Sep 19, 2008

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