State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on War & Peace


Ed Markey: 2003 Iraq war vote was a mistake; 2013 Syria vote was not

Kennedy was particularly critical of Markey's votes to authorize the use of military force in Iraq in 2003 and his present vote in committee a decade later in 2013 on a resolution authorizing military action in Syria. Markey said he voted present on Syria because the Obama administration had not provided all the information he needed to make a decision. He called the ultimate release of the information by the administration a "disinfectant" that led to the withdrawal of the resolution.

"A present vote is not a disinfectant. It's hard for me to understand when a present vote is going to be a profile in courage," Kennedy said.

Markey said that he regretted his Iraq war vote, which he blamed on being lied to by President George W. Bush. "It was a mistake," Markey said, noting the support his campaign has received from groups like Mass Peace Action.

Source: Fall River Herald News on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Feb 18, 2020

Joe Kennedy III: Opposed 2003 Iraq war; opposed 2013 Syria war

Kennedy was particularly critical of Markey's votes to authorize the use of military force in Iraq in 2003 and his present vote in committee a decade later in 2013 on a resolution authorizing military action in Syria. Markey said he voted present on Syria because the Obama administration had not provided all the information he needed to make a decision. He called the ultimate release of the information by the administration a "disinfectant" that led to the withdrawal of the resolution.

"A present vote is not a disinfectant. It's hard for me to understand when a present vote is going to be a profile in courage," Kennedy said.

Markey said that he regretted his Iraq war vote, which he blamed on being lied to by President George W. Bush. "It was a mistake," Markey said, noting the support his campaign has received from groups like Mass Peace Action.

Source: Fall River Herald News on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Feb 18, 2020

Beth Lindstrom: Why is Sen. Warren dissing U.S. foreign policy in China?

Why is @SenWarren sowing discord against U.S. foreign policy on her trip to China? It's one thing to throw rocks at your Dem and GOP opponents in the U.S., it's demoralizing to see her do it on foreign soil in front of our communist adversaries.
Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Apr 3, 2018

Heidi Wellman: They're not merely "foreign entanglements"

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Avoid foreign entanglements"?

A: NO

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Shiva Ayyadurai: Expose the war in Iraq as a fake war

From the time I was six or seven, I was introduced to the ridiculous caste system in India. If you go to the about section of our website, you see me fighting MIT, fighting for good things, exposing the war in Iraq, which is fake, a fake war, we didn't have to send our soldiers to fight there, exposing fake news, and fighting against Monsanto. Here's a real fighter. You also have a guy who's a real innovator.
Source: Dartmouth Review on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Oct 24, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Oppose wars of choice, where survival is not at stake

Q: The U.S. must move away from a policy of unilateral military action, and toward a policy of emphasizing diplomacy, and ensuring the decision to go to war is a last resort.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I actively opposed the wars in Iraq, and any "war of choice" where America's survival is not at stake.

Source: ORMA questionnaire for 2017 local Massachusetts endorsements Jul 31, 2017

Ed Markey: No coherent strategy for exiting from Iraq

George Bush has lost his way in Iraq and has failed to lay out any coherent strategy for exiting from Iraq. The original mission--to disarm Iraq of its Weapons of Mass Destruction--was accomplished before the war even began, but it began anyway. By March 2003, the UN inspectors had found no weapons. The UN inspectors said there were no nukes there, but Bush responded "I don't care." To justify the invasion, he gave the Generals a new mission--get rid of Saddam Hussein. They accomplished their mission when they captured Saddam. But now they have been given a new mission--to rebuild Iraq until it is "peaceful, united, stable and secure." That is a mission that could very well mean American soldiers will be based in Iraq permanently.

Support for this war has steadily eroded because a limited focused mission has become an expansive mission without end. 'Staying the course' is not a strategy for victory, it is a formula for keeping our troops bogged down in that country for many years.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2010 Massachusetts Senate incumbents Oct 4, 2008

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