6th District Candidate Survey. Question 13: Will you support new debate on the AUMF with intentions to bring to an end our extended involvement in war?
March 19, 2018
Muncie Resists just put out an excellent 15 question survey that was answered by all the primary candidates for the 6th District Democratic nomination. I am putting it on my blog for voters to view and compare the answers of the candidates in alphabetical order.
Question 13: Since the passing of the Authorization for Use of Military Force in 2001 it has been used to justify military action in 19 countries. Will you support new debate on the AUMF with intentions to bring to an end our extended involvement in war?
George T. Holland: Yes. This is part of the "militarization" of America that concerns me! The AUMF needs to be abolished, not debated! It gives the president too much power in making war decisions; that is the responsibility of Congress! The U.S. has been in Afghanistan 16+ years. In Iraq, 15 years! Once in; How do you get out? The War Party intends to stay forever. These "contrived" wars are costly. These monies and lost lives could be more useful here at home! A nuclear war with Russia and China is in the making! George Bush and Obama are out of office, but their wars linger on! Is this God's Will? I don't think so!
Jeannine Lee Lake: Yes. This act had no end date, and is now being used as an open gate to get militarily involved in a plethora of countries. This should not be a partisan issue. It needs to be stopped.
Kenneth (Jasen) Lave: Yes. Honestly, I haven't heard much about this issue. But I will mention that I am very opposed to fighting wars. (It's not surprising to hear there are some Republican Type Warmongering tyrants who believe it's okay to always be at war because it is a way to keep an economy productive - manufacturing militia equipment.)
James Pruett: I believe that it is time for Congress to take back its constitutional responsibility of the declaration of war and not allow the President to have a blank Check to use our military in any way that he or she sees fit.
Lane A. Siekman: Yes. We need to be clear on our strategy for defense. We can no longer police the world and must take actions that only protect our nation. The debate on the AUMF has to be taken up each time that the President uses military action and reviewed on a regular basis. We also need to review and discuss the implications of the War Powers Act. Too much of this discussion goes on behind closed doors and out of the public media.
Joshua Williamson: Yes. Our founding fathers were against war and a standing army. We're out of balance with our spending. We need to peg military spending to the global average per GDP and scale back our use of force.