Rick Santorum on The War in Afghanistan

Last Updated : Dec 13, 2011

Summary

Senator Santorum supports the war in Afghanistan and voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the use of force there. He stated that it was not a time merely to bring people to justice. It was a time to wage war and win a war against those who committed 9/11, against those who harbor those who committed 9/11, and against those who support and encourage those who committed 9/11.

Senator Santorum supported the surge strategy in Afghanistan and noted that it was a counter-insurgency strategy that worked in Iraq. He opposed the timelines with those troops to withdraw and stated that the President was not emphasize the need for victory. He stated that if elected President, he would cancel the withdraw.

 

The Taliban and Afghanistan

In June of 2001, Senator Santorum spoke on the Senate floor about the Taliban in Afghanistan. This was months before the September 11 attacks.

 

Remarks after 9/11

On September 12, 2001 Senator Santorum spoke on the Senate floor and discussed the recent terrorist attacks. He stated that this was not a time merely to bring people to justice, it was a time for war. He stated that what hit the towers and the Pentagon was not simply a plane full of people, but rather an enemy missile directed at national interests.

 

A Plan that Works

In October of 2009, Senator Santorum appeared on Fox News and discussed a possible surge into Afghanistan and the application of the Iraqi surge strategy to Afghanistan as a model of what works. He states that President Bush did not devote the resources needed to win the war in Afghanistan and President Obama needs to correct that by giving the Generals what they ask for to win.

 

Fox News Live with Congressman Kucinich

In November of 2009, Senator Santorum appeared on Fox News Live with Congressman Kucinich and discussed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator Santorum responded to remarks by Congressman Kucinich by stating that the enemy which attacked us on September 11 remain in Afghanistan and we should continue to fight them there.

 

Greta Van Susteran Show

In January of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on the Greta van Susteran shown and discussed the war in Afghanistan. He stated that the President should be committed to winning the war and not setting deadlines for withdraw.

 

Response to President Obama's Address

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum responded to an address made by President Obama on Afghanistan by stating that the President was not addressing the need for victory in Iraq.

 

Cancel the Withdraw

At a campaign event in August of 2011, Senator Santorum stated that if elected, he would cancel any withdraw from Afghanistan and commit to a strategy for victory. He did not discuss that strategy.

 

CBS Foreign Policy Debate

On November 12, 2011 Senator Santorum participated in the CBS foreign policy debate. He was asked about the war in Afghanistan and discusses the need for victory there.

 

Voting Record

Authorization for the Use of Force

Three days after the attacks of September 11, the senate authorized the use of military force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The vote was unanimous. Rick Santorum voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

Rick Santorum voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

References

[1] Website: Crooks and Liars Article: Dennis Kucinich vs Rick Santorum on Afghanistan Author: NA Accessed on: 08/24/2011

[2] Website: RickSantorum.com Article: Santorum Response to Obama Afghanistan Address Author: NA Accessed on: 08/24/2011

[3] Website: Name of Source Article: Santorum: Obama Not Committed to Winning Afghanistan, 'Poured Acrimony' on the Budget Battle in Wash Author: NA Accessed on: 08/24/2011

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