Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, catapulting our nation into what has become an endless War on Terror. With our strategy of fighting terror with terror, we have ignited the Middle East into sectarian wars that have fractured the nations of Iraq and Libya, fueled the emergence and spread of ISIS, threatened the destabilization of Syria, and forced over 65 million people from their homelands.
While the military-industrial-financial complex salivates with endless wars, we-the-people must bear the burden of such wars. Where do our presidential candidates stand on this issue, if unchecked, that could transform us into a nation of empty bombshells and drive our world into a nuclear holocaust?
Jill Stein – Green Party
Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.
~ Plan for Peace and Human Rights: http://www.jill2016.com/plan
“The current foreign policy isn’t working out so well for us. We’ve spent $6 trillion since September 11, 2001, on these wars for oil or wars on terror…. What do we have to show for it?”
Jill Stein, May 9, 2016. Learn more at http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jill_Stein_War_+_Peace.htm
Donald Trump – Republican Party
- We’ve spent $5 trillion dollars in the Middle East… [W]e have to rebuild our country. We have to rebuild our infrastructure.
- Defeat ISIS by taking out the oil that funds their operations.
- Let Russia make moves in Syria; it’s a quagmire.
- I want to have a much stronger military. I want it to be so strong that nobody is going to mess with us.
- So are we going to start World War III over Syria?
From interviews and debates, 2015 & 2016. Learn more at http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donald_Trump_War_+_Peace.htm
Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party
The objective of both our foreign policy and our military should be straightforward: To protect us from harm and to allow us to exercise our freedoms.
[He] will move quickly and decisively to cut off the funding on which finance violent extremist armies depend. He will repair relationships with our allies. And he will only send our brave soldiers to war when clearly authorized by Congress after meaningful, transparent deliberation and debate.
Learn more of Gary Johnson’s Foreign Policy and National Defense at
Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party
“Radical jihadists, like so many adversaries in our history, underestimate the strength of our national character. Americans will not cower or cave. And we will not turn on each other or turn on our principles. We will defeat those who threaten us. We will keep our country safe and strong, free and tolerant. And we will always defend our friends and allies.”
~ Hillary Clinton, December 6, 2015
Learn more about Clinton’s plan to deal with terrorism at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/combating-terrorism/