Fred Thompson

December 10, 2007

Thompson avoids question, stating only that ‘we shouldn’t be there longer than necessary.’

When asked if he would make a permanent commitment to the people of Iraq by constructing permanent military bases, Thompson responded,

We shouldn't be in there longer than necessary, and we don't know how long that will be. But we should be there absolutely as long as it takes to complete our mission there. It will make for a safer United States of America.

We're all focused, understandably, on Iraq and Afghanistan right now, but it is part of a much bigger picture. Islamic terrorism has declared war on us and Western civilization. They would like nothing better than to kill millions of people as they bring us down. They would like to be able to advertise to young radicals around the world that, ‘You, too, could help bring down the United States of America.’

Iran is waiting there to fill that vacuum. You think $90, $100 a barrel is high for oil now, wait until that happens.

But more importantly, it would make for a less secure United States of America. We have to do what's necessary. We have to take the opportunity that we have now.

Thompson’s avoidance of a direct “yes” or “no” to the question of permanent bases speaks more loudly than his bland statement that “we shouldn’t be in there longer than necessary.”

October 23, 2007

Fred Thompson, Ron Paul disagree on "Islamic Fascism"

As we reported, candidate Fred Thompson launched his campaign as an aggressive proponent of the Iraq occupation and the War on Terror by invoking the specter of "Islamic Fascism."

"It is a global war -- Islamic fascism has declared it upon us,"

"They play by no rules and they are intent on bringing down Western civilization and the United States of America."

Ron Paul, the Republican party's anti-war candidate, confronted Thompson's heated language head on. When a reporter from the Arab-American News asked Ron Paul what he thought of the term "Islamic fascism," Paul responded,

"It's a false term to make people think we're fighting Hitler,"

"It's war propaganda designed to generate fear so that the war has to be spread."

October 13, 2007

Fred Thompson: Tail Between Our Legs

Siding with President Bush’s policy regarding this year’s 30,000 troop increase in Iraq during Tuesday’s Republican primary debate, Senator Fred Thompson introduced himself as a staunchly pro-war candidate, criticizing only the initial Iraq strategy.

“Clearly, to me, we didn’t go in with enough troops… But now we’re showing signs of progress.”

Thompson continued by criticizing troop withdrawal from Iraq.

“Now that we see a window of opportunity for things to turn around and us to stabilize that place and not have to leave with our tail between our legs.”

Criticizing the Democratic controlled congress, Fred Thompson stressed his belief that continued involvement in Iraq is essential to national security.

"It’s strange to me to think that the average 20-year-old serving us in Iraq knows more about what it takes for our national security than the average 20-year veteran on Capitol Hill.”

Senator Thompson also warned that withdrawal from Iraq “would make for a more dangerous United States of America.”

See the New York Times for a full transcript.

October 11, 2007

Fred Thompson Gives Small Preview of Foreign Policy

DEARBORN, United States (AFP) —Ex-senator and TV star Fred Thompson held his own among US Republican presidential hopefuls in his first debate, vowing to "battle Islamic fascism" as he and the other candidates sought to charm the party's dubious hardliners.

"It is a global war -- Islamic fascism has declared it upon us,"; said Thompson, who played a gritty prosecutor in internationally syndicated crime drama "Law & Order."

"They play by no rules and they are intent on bringing down Western civilization and the United States of America," he said.

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