U.S Senate Candidate in Iowa Demands Other Candidates Take a Stand on Afghanistan


iowa1_150Bob Krause Calls on Other Senate Candidates to Let
Iowans Know Where They Stand on Afghanistan

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     Bob Krause Calls on Other Senate Candidates to Let
Iowans Know Where They Stand on Afghanistan

Friday, December 4, 2009 8:16 AM
Democratic Candidate, United States Senate

       Bob Krause, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate, today called on his opponents in the U. S. Senate race to make their positions known on the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Krause made his comments while speaking at the Johnson County Democratic Party Special Convention in Iowa City.

      His statement follows:

bobaddressingveterans_150            "This is an historic moment for our party and our country, and candidates need to stand and be counted on this issue. I am opposed to the escalation of the war because I believe that the strategic purpose for being in central Asia has expired for this war, and that the troop escalation will create unintended consequences in the geopolitical balance of Pakistan.

            In addition, we will be creating thousands more wounded veterans who will require government care and assistance for up to 80 years. America has a very poor record of treatment of veterans between wars here in America, as witnessed by even the current treatment of our Vietnam veterans. Because of this, I am truly doubtful that those future war wounded will receive the care and attention they deserve after the guns fall silent. 

            In this light, I am very concerned that the escalation plan, which I oppose, has no corresponding provision for increased care of our veterans in the future. Iowans have a right to know where all the US Senate candidates stand on the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, as well as the provision of long term veterans’ health care for those injured during the war. I call on Roxanne Conlin and Tom Feigen to make their positions known on this very important issue."

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vote_smartEditors Note: A review of the campaign websites of both Roxanne Conlin and Tom Feigen reflect no views or stands on Veterans or Military Family issues PERIOD. Conlin frankly has taken no stand on any issues that can be linked via her campaign website, and Tom Feigen doesn’t even mention Veterans or Military Families on his website. Both have, like Barack Obama, ignored the plight of America’s Veterans and Military Families as total focus remains on domestic issues such as Health Care Reform. A candidate for the United States Senate needs to know something about foreign affairs, our Veterans, and Military Families, since our nation is at war!!! VT. Ed.

krauseheadBob Krause is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army reserve. He is past state president of the Reserve Officers Association and currently the Chair of the Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus (IDVC), Bob has worked hard in recent years to bring important veterans’ issues to the forefront of the presidential campaign debate


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