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2003: Led multiple protests against Iraq War

Q [to Senate opponent Martha McSally]: In your debate with Kyrsten Sinema, you said that, back in 2003, Sinema was on a radio talk show where host hypothetically talked about joining the Taliban, and Sinema said "I don't care if you want to do that." Do you really think that Sinema was approving treason?

MCSALLY: Well, it's her words. It's totally out of step with American values.

Q: Sinema says this talk show host was going off presenting all kinds of hypothetical ideas, and she was just trying to shut him down and get back to the fact that she opposed the Iraq War, which was just about to start in 2003.

MCSALLY: This is a pattern from my opponent. Right after 9/11, Kyrsten Sinema was protesting any military action against terrorists. She was protesting later in a pink tutu. She was leading multiple protests, handing out flyers at her protest depicting American soldiers as skeletons and saying we are the ones conducting terror in the Middle East. Very much against our military.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race , Oct 21, 2018

2002: Bush's movement to wage war in Iraq was unjustified

Like all Americans, September 11th was a day I will never forget.

Within a few days, President Bush had made statements that I felt polarized our world and pushed away those who sought to join us in grieving. As he began to talk about war, a small group of Phoenicians began to organize. The group started meeting regularly, and we eventually formed a coalition called Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice. Our reason for existence was simple: to advocate for a diplomatic solution to the problems facing us and prevent, as much as possible, any war that would hurt civilians and the innocent. While we very strongly supported efforts to find and root out terrorism, we were worried that President Bush's movement to wage war in Iraq was unjustified, based on false information, and bad for our country and our world.

Source: Unite and Conquer, by Kyrsten Sinema, p. 43-44 , Jul 1, 2009

Opposes combat operations in Afghanistan.

Sinema opposes the PVS survey question on Afghanistan

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q17 on Aug 30, 2012

Ground troops plus drone strikes to destroy ISIL.

Sinema co-sponsored H.R.4869

Source: Comprehensive Strategy to Destroy ISIL Act 16-HR4869 on Mar 23, 2016

No military force against Iran without Congress approval.

Sinema voted YEA the Iran War Powers Resolution

Axios.com summary: The House passed a symbolic war powers resolution directing President Trump to halt the use of military force against Iran unless he obtains approval from Congress.

The big picture: A classified briefing on the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani [by the US military] left Democrats and even some Republicans deeply skeptical, with many claiming that officials did not provide evidence that there was an "imminent" threat from Iran. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) said they will vote in favor of a similar resolution in the Senate [S J Res 68].

What opponents are saying: Former national security adviser and notorious Iran hawk John Bolton tweeted: "The 1973 War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional. It reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Constitution allocated foreign affairs authority between the President and Congress. The Resolution should be repealed." Pres. Trump quote tweeted Bolton and added: "Smart analysis, I fully agree!"

What supporters are saying: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was one of the few Republicans to vote in favor of the resolution, stating on the House floor: "Killing Soleimani was the right decision, but engaging in another forever war in the Middle East would be the wrong decision." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation that would block funding for offensive military force against Iran without congressional authorization. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is also seeking to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used repeatedly to justify war in the Middle East in the wake of 9/11. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the AUMF in 2001, criticizing it as a "blank check."

Legislative outcome: H Con Res 83 Passed House 224-194-13 on 1/9/20; S J Res 68 passed Senate 55-45-0 on 2/13/20. Vetoed 5/6; Senate veto override failed 5/7/20.

Source: Supreme Court case 20-SCR33 argued on Jan 9, 2020

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