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Archive for December, 2006

Statement: Biden said he favors ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and that he is “unalterably opposed” to production of new nuclear weapons. He implied he supports lab-based testing and also made a vague reference to supporting an amendment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Biden went over key points of his plan: a decentralized, federal Iraqi state, consistent with the Iraqi constitution. “The war in Iraq has been a failure,” he said, with U.S. troops now acting as “apartheid cops.” There is no military solution to the “sectarian cycle of vengeance and revenge,” he said. Biden favors a “phased redeployment” in 2008, with a residual force left in Iraq to provide training and to prevent Al Qaeda from establishing a base there.

Vigorous diplomacy, including an international conference with participation of neighboring countries and all major Iraqi factions. Biden said it would be a mistake for Congress to cut off funds. Believes responsibility lies with the President. Said there would be no “peace dividend” from an Iraq pull-out because U.S. military forces need to be strengthened.

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Biden in Antrim, NH

Statement: Speaking at a house party, Biden cited his 5-point plan for a loose confederation of the geographic sections and ethnic factions. Did not explain the role the U.S. military would have in implementing such a plan. He did say the U.S. people were ready for change.

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Statement: Biden said he favors ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and that he is “unalterably opposed” to production of new nuclear weapons. He implied he supports lab-based testing and also made a vague reference to supporting an amendment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Biden went over key points of his plan: a decentralized, federal Iraqi state, consistent with the Iraqi constitution. “The war in Iraq has been a failure,” he said, with U.S. troops now acting as “apartheid cops.” There is no military solution to the “sectarian cycle of vengeance and revenge,” he said. Biden favors a “phased redeployment” in 2008, with a residual force left in Iraq to provide training and to prevent Al Qaeda from establishing a base there.

Vigorous diplomacy, including an international conference with participation of neighboring countries and all major Iraqi factions. Biden said it would be a mistake for Congress to cut off funds. Believes responsibility lies with the President. Said there would be no “peace dividend” from an Iraq pull-out because U.S. military forces need to be strengthened.

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Biden in Antrim, NH

Statement: Speaking at a house party, Biden cited his 5-point plan for a loose confederation of the geographic sections and ethnic factions. Did not explain the role the U.S. military would have in implementing such a plan. He did say the U.S. people were ready for change.

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Statement: Richardson said we need to exit Iraq within a year, re-deploy troops to Afghanistan and emphasize diplomatic efforts in the region.

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