Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
- Chad Blair. Honolulu Civil Beat: Djou and Hanabusa On The Issues. 19 July 2012. “Unmanned aerial vehicles have given our military a means to respond to threats and carry out military missions without placing our forces in harms way. They allow us to pursue legitimate security goals without endangering the lives of the men and women who serve in our military. Drones have also demonstrated their value in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles. The individual you refer to, Anwar al-Awlaki, was a senior member of al-Qaeda who had repeatedly called for jihad against the United States, and helped plan the group's attacks. By his own words and actions, he was an enemy combatant who sought to kill Americans. He made himself a military target, and was killed in a military operation.” (www.civilbeat.com)
- Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “Whether or not the government uses drones away from the battlefield is dependent on the rules of engagement. The use of the word “battlefield” indicates that we are at war, and there is an underlying assumption that there is a reason for the war, a defined scope of the war, and authorization defining the war from Congress.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
- Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa on U.S. Drone Missions. 21 December 2011. “I think the decision on using drones and when it’s appropriate is purely a military decision. Whether or not it’s something that we should expend monies to develop, what we are going to weigh is the use of the drones versus human life. As long as we are sending our men and women in uniform to the front, if a drone can make it safer for them, I would not necessarily object to that.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
- Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: National Security. 16 September 2011. “Training, education, research and development are integral to the military's role in the world, and the Defense Department can help define the United States for the rest of the world as a leader in human innovation. We must be proactive, rather than reactive, when we think of how best to structure our military and national defense. To properly defend is also to ensure that we have the best up-to-date information to deter any attacks, such as a nuclear or biological assault. It is to peacefully hold other nations in check by showing that the U.S. cannot be leveraged into anything by a simple show of force. We must continue to educate, train and care for our armed forces and their families. They are our defenders and they are the ones who carry America's image and values abroad. They must be a ready force and well-supplied so our allies remain confident and our enemies remain wary and respectful.” (votesmart.org)
Our government must continue to counter Iran's nuclear program through diplomatic means. I believe that Iran's efforts to acquire and develop nuclear weapons pose a direct threat to the stability of the Middle East. By strengthening sanctions and our efforts to deter these programs, we promote outcomes that are in the best interests of the United States and our allies. Should all diplomatic means be exhausted, the United States should explore other ways to halt this program, including military action if we are sure they possess a nuclear weapon.