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2nd Congressional District candidates disagree on Iraq strategy

  • State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem smiles after announcing her candidacy for New Hampshire's 2nd  congressional district Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014 in Concord, N.H. . If she wins the state primary later this year she will try to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem smiles after announcing her candidacy for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014 in Concord, N.H. . If she wins the state primary later this year she will try to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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  • State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem smiles after announcing her candidacy for New Hampshire's 2nd  congressional district Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014 in Concord, N.H. . If she wins the state primary later this year she will try to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Republican congressional candidate Gary Lambert said the U.S. should not redeploy troops to Iraq under any circumstances, while his two primary opponents in the 2nd District are more open to the possibility.

Lambert, a former state senator from Hudson, faces state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem and former state representative Jim Lawrence of Nashua in the Sept. 9 primary. Along with Mike Little of Concord, they are competing for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a first-term Democrat.

Asked to assess the United States’s approach to the recent rise of Islamic State militants in Iraq, the three leading candidates agreed that President Obama has failed to develop a clear strategy to end the turmoil. Garcia and Lawrence said airstrikes should continue, though Lawrence argued the U.S. waited too long to take that and other action.

“We should have sent arms and aid to the Kurdish forces the moment we decided to pull out,” he said.

All of the candidates spoke before Tuesday’s news that journalist James Foley of Rochester had been killed by Islamic State militants.

Since their blitz offensive in June, an al-Qaida breakaway group has overrun much of Iraq’s north and west and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes. The push has displaced members of the minority Christian and Yazidi religious communities and threatened Iraqi Kurds in the Kurdish autonomous region in the north.

Asked whether U.S. troops should be deployed to Iraq, Lambert answered, “Absolutely not.”

“No boots on the ground under any circumstances,” said Lambert, an active-duty colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. “It is time for Iraq to govern itself and solve its own problems. We have spent far too much precious blood and treasure in that country already.”

Lawrence, an Air Force veteran, said that he wouldn’t favor deployment at this time and that the focus instead should be on forcing coalition members in the region to do more to secure the situation. Garcia said the U.S. must be involved in stabilizing Iraq and should continue to use airstrikes while cooperating with allies to engage the militants.

“Deploying U.S. troops back into this region is not a course of action anyone wants to take, but many U.S. military experts and advisers that have been attuned to this region warn that it may be necessary,” she said.

Garcia said Obama embarrassed himself and the United States in January when he spoke of the Islamic State, saying, “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”

“The president should have acknowledged, far earlier than he did, that (the Islamic State) was a dangerous force that needed to be addressed instead of brushing it off with sarcasm,” she said.

All three candidates agreed that the U.S. should have foreseen the rise of the militants and faulted Obama for lack of leadership.

“Do not draw meaningless lines in the sand,” Lawrence said. “Do not broadcast your next move to your enemy complete with a calendar for withdrawal. Arm your friends in the region. Maintain a strong defense posture that prevents issues rather than doing cleanup later.”

Lambert said Obama has failed to clearly define U.S. national security interests or protect American interests abroad.

Legacy Comments1

Thanks Holly for pointing out the 3 + 1 = 4 for the "all" of the candidates in District #2 in your paragraph #2, but then write in paragraph #13 of 15 that "All three candidates" blah, blah,blah. Of my presumption is what you should have written is that all three of the MAJOR candidates, in that I was there when Mike signed up, but him not on the campaign trail, of I guess that vote for none of the above for District #2 but him, but really supposed to be these and more of in the other RSA Ch. 662:1 Federal District #1 too, of they ALL ought to be campaigning state-wide as by law of the Section 2 penalty in the 14th Amendment because we cannot efectively vote for our state "Judicial officers"that Hassan has the Article 51 duty to do the subtraction in that the representation in Congress "shall" be reduced, as indicated on pages #___ - ___ in the A.G.'s RSA Ch. 7:6-c Election Law Violations Report against Hassan by her RSA Ch. 666:3 violation of RSA 643 "refrain" as an Official Oppressor, but that A.G. Joe Foster of Nashua must be on some planned Summer vacation excuse as this July 31st Report by his AAG Stephen LeBonte has been done, but that Foster does "refrain" from signing off on it. Why? So as NOT to have me put WITH my Amicus Curiae/ Friend of the Court Brief in Case #297 at Merrimack County Superior Court against Hassan for a trial by jury to determine the $damages to us all for not getting rid of Section 5 violator Shea-Porter first as in Roberts Rules of Order. And this newspaper continues their cover-up .They ought not to be called "The Monitor" of to warn us, but of the Archivist of to report only the numbers in the quantity of votes in this and that district #1 + 2 but never to report on that the WAY to get there IS challenged and that Bill Gardner the Secretary of State is printing up and distributing un-lawful ballots! And the House & Senate Election Law Legislators for to see to it that they too honor their oaths to the law, of them what? needing this Report before they can act!? I guess so.

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