Richard Lugar on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Apr 30, 2012

Summary

Although not vocal in his position, Senator Lugar has supported the war in Iraq. After voting in favor of the authorization for the use of force, Senator Lugar voted against establishing dwell times that would require soldiers remain in the US a set amount of time before returning to Iraq, against an a reduction in troops in Iraq in 2007, in support of the surge strategy, against a phased redeployment, and against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

In 2008, Senator Lugar discussed the need to implement a strategy that would focus on the political end game in Iraq. He stated tha tthe surge had succeeded in improving conditions, that security had plateaued and continued precense at that level was not necessary, that the central government had not demonstrated that it can construct a “top-down” political accommodation for Iraq, that sectarian and tribal groups remain heavily armed and are focused on expanding or solidifying their positions, and that operations in Iraq have severely strained the U.S. military, and these strains will impose limits on the size and length of future deployments to Iraq. Senator Lugar noted that increased security was meaningless if it required that maintained level of US military presense.

 

Political End Game

In April of 2008, Senator Lugar released a press statement noting his statements in hearings with General Petraeus and others on the need for a political end in Iraq.

 

Statement on SOFA

In October of 2008, Senator Lugar released a press statement noting his feelings on the Status of Forces Agreement. 

 

Iraq Hearing - Senate Foreign Relations

In January of 2011, Senator Lugar participated in a committee hearing for the future of Iraq. The video below shows his opening remarks during that Foreign Relations Committee meeting and his follow up questions.

Voting Record

Repealing the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq

In November of 2011, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the yearly defense appropriations act that would have repealed the authorization for the use of force in Iraq. The amendment failed 30-67 with Democrats equally split and a vast majority of Republicans opposing the measure. Richard Lugar voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Richard Lugar voted against repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Phased Redeployment

On March 15, 2007, S J Res 9 was put forth in an attempt to convince President Bush to commit to timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The bill was titled "United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 - Phased Redeployment" and called upon the President to begin the withdrawal of troops from Iraq within 120 days of the enactment of the legislation, and to have all troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2008. The bill was defeated on roll call 75, which was largely among partisan lines with 1 Republican joining the Democrats and 3 Democrats joining the rest of the Republicans. Richard Lugar voted against the phased redployment plan.

Richard Lugar voted against the phased redployment plan.

Approval of the Surge Strategy

The second piece of legislation was S 574, and it came up for a vote on February 17 and had two main points of emphasis : the Senate continued to support the troops already on the ground in Iraq; and the Senate disapproved of the President\'s surge strategy. The bill only got 56 of the 60 votes required for cloture. 7 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation while only 1 Democrat sided with the Republicans. 10 Senators cast a "No Vote" (9 R and 1 D). (roll call) Richard Lugar voted against the legislation by voting against cloture. This was a vote of support for the surge strategy in Iraq

Richard Lugar voted against the legislation by voting against cloture. This was a vote of support for the surge strategy in Iraq

Approval of the Surge Strategy

On January 10, 2007, President Bush announced a "surge" strategy in which 20,000 additional troops would be sent to Iraq to bolster the troops already there. In February of 2007, the US Senate voted on two bills with the purposes of expressing the Senate\'s disapproval of this strategy. S 470 was the first such piece of legislation, and it came up for a vote on the Senate floor on February 5, 2007. Along with expressing the disapproval of the Senate towards the President\'s recently announced strategy, the bill also outlined a series of strategy suggestions for the President. These suggestions included the transfer of equipment to Iraqi officials, the continuing of operations in the Anbar province, and numerous other items. The bill only got 49 of the 60 votes required for cloture. Only 2 members of each party voted with the opposing party with almost all Democrats voting to disapprove the surge and almost all Republicans voting to approve of the strategy by refusing to allow the legislation a cloture vote. (roll call 44). Richard Lugar voted against cloture on S470 and therefore supported the surge.

Richard Lugar voted against cloture on S470 and therefore supported the surge.

To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on an amendment by Senator Levin to require that all troops begin to be withdrawn within 90 days. The amendment also stated that the troops remaining in Iraq would only be there for the purposes of protecting US personnel and infrastructure. Richard Lugar voted against withdrawing the troops within 90 days.

Richard Lugar voted against withdrawing the troops within 90 days.

Dwell Time

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on a measure to require US servicemen be stationed at home for an amount of time equal to their deployment time. The measure received a majority of votes, but not the number required to pass. Richard Lugar voted against the measure to require equal dwell time.

Richard Lugar voted against the measure to require equal dwell time.

Contract Award Overview

Later in the year, the same amendment was introduced into the Senate by Senator Dorgan. This amendment has the same purpose and failed to achieve the needed votes by a simlar margin. Richard Lugar voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

Richard Lugar voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

Contract Award Overview

In 2005, a series of accidents at military bases in Iraq which were built by US contractors such as Halliburton, prompted Congress to call for investigations into the awarding of contracts. There were two ammendments introduced to separate pieces of legislation to attempt to accomplish the goal of investigating the contract awards process. roll call 228 concerned the Dorgan amendment, and was the first attempt to establish a special committee on the awarding of contracts in Iraq. The amendment failed by a narrow margin in a 53-44 vote. Richard Lugar voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

Richard Lugar voted against the amendment to create the special committee.

Authorization for the use of Force in Iraq

On October 11, 2002 the US Senate cast the first vote concerning the war in Iraq. This vote was to authorize the use of military force against Iraq (H J Res 114). Although the vote to authorize the use of force in Afghanistan was unanimous, the vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq passed 77-23. All but 2 of the 50 Republicans supported the legilslation while 29 of the 50 Democrats voted to authorize the use of force. Richard Lugar voted to give the President the Authorization to use force against Iraq

Richard Lugar voted to give the President the Authorization to use force against Iraq

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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