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Joe L. Kennedy on War & Peace


Afghanistan: we cannot end a war by escalating it

President Obama [may] greatly increase the presence of US soldiers in Afghanistan by as many as 40,000 troops. I oppose this action as we cannot end a war if we continue to escalate it. Moreover, we should not continue to risk American lives with no exit strategy and no end in sight.

This region of the world has been at war for centuries and it is presumptuous of us to think that we are going to stop it any time soon. Moreover, the role of the American military should be to defend against attack or the imminent threat of attack, not to act as an ongoing police state on foreign soil. Our current military activity shows no signs of capturing Osama Bin Laden which is our reason for being there in the first place. If we are not able to complete the current mission we should withdraw and spare the lives of our troops.

If elected I would do everything I could to pass legislation to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.

Source: Campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Always opposed invasion and occupation of Iraq

It is time to call back the troops from Iraq and give Iraq the responsibility of rebuilding their country.

After the tragic events of 9/11 we all understood that we had to go after Osama Bin Laden for the horrible acts of terror he orchestrated on tha day. As far as our invasion and occupation of Iraq, I have always opposed this position. In short, it's time for Iraq to take care of itself. If elected I would do everything I could to pass legislation to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home.

Source: Campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

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