So why the wishy-washy position from a Republican Liberty Caucus candidate in San Francisco. His statement: "I am concerned with the current U.S. timetable for withdrawal in Iraq. The final exit of December 2011 creates the realistic possibility of U.S. troops being drawn back into battle should civil war(s) break out." is perhaps an effort to hedge his bets and gain cover with some traditional Republican War hawks who are, however ironically, currently voting against ALL Mid-East War funding bills that pass through Congress every 3 to 4 months. The statement in itself is ridiculous, the British, Canadians, & Chinese could say the same about the U.S. the way the Red-Blue State battles have been accelerating (Yes this includes the Coffee/Tea-Party, PANC/ DowningStreet campaigns as well).
This is further a ridiculous position in that: the vast majority of San Franciscan's would support John Dennis if he had the courage to site Nancy Pelosi's negligence, complacency and collusion in Leading congress to Fund month-after-month the Wars, Occupations, Fraud (Military contracts to Political supporters only) Bribery(195 Billion lost in cash payments) and loss of American Tax Payers money and future for a "War of Choice".
If John Dennis wants to lead our country away from a wreck-less path of wasteful spending and destruction, then he really needs to hit the incumbent Nancy Pelosi hard for her misdeeds, bad policies, and collusion with a bad administration over the last decade.
Below is the Dennis campaign position as of St. Patrick's day 2010:
"People do not make wars; governments do." - Ronald ReaganWar is maybe the greatest tragedy that men inflict upon each other. It must be used only in retaliation or under threat of imminent attack.
"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure." - George Washington
Most importantly, the Constitution is clear on who bears the responsibility of the power to declare war: the Congress. The danger of allowing a President to use force at his discretion ought to be clear now. I am strongly opposed to Congress passing resolutions granting the President the authority to use force. Unless there is an imminent attack, the Congress should never disregard its Constitutional obligation over the war power. A decision to declare war requires debate, a process that clarifies the country's situation and leaves a clear conscience whatever decided.
As a country we should welcome trade with all countries, resolve our outstanding disputes with countries considered unfriendly and have diplomatic relations with all.
I support ending both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and withdrawing our troops as safely and quickly as possible.
I am concerned with the current U.S. timetable for withdrawal in Iraq. The final exit of December 2011 creates the realistic possibility of U.S. troops being drawn back into battle should civil war(s) break out.
I do not believe our foreign military bases are Constitutional, nor do I believe they make us safer.
A compromise position/exercise would be to recommend a review of all of the 700+ bases the U.S. has around the world, such as the review conducted in the early 1990's at the end of the Cold War. Each foreign base would be required to justify its strategic importance to the defense of American citizens in order to continue to receive funding.
"There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights." General Smedley Butler
National Defense | Defeat Pelosi by John Dennis 2010