Michael Bennet on Foreign Policy
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator
Bennet: I support smart solutions to curb mass casualties abroad. Our goal should be to deploy diplomatic tools and invest in stability before a crisis breaks out. I've cosponsored the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, which would increase our ability to detect atrocities and respond more quickly. It also designates prevention of mass atrocities and genocide as a core national security interest to the United States.
Q: What do you view as the biggest threat to national security?
Bennet: I believe there are several. ISIS is a threat to U.S. interests abroad and our security here at home. I have bills to close gaps in our visa waiver system and track people who overstay their visas so we know who's in our country. I passed legislation to address cybersecurity personnel shortages, so we can better protect ourselves from cyberattacks.
The Arab American Institute has compiled a Scorecard to catalogue the voting record of the 112th Congress on issues of importance to the Arab American community. Though not comprehensive, we have attempted to provide a snapshot of legislation concerning many of the primary issues concerning Arab Americans. For the Senate, we have included 10 items: two bills on the Arab Spring, three on Palestine, one on Lebanon, one regarding civil liberties, and two for immigration reform.
RESOLUTION expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders:
Congressional Summary: S.Res.6/H.Res.11 objects to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which characterizes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and demands cessation of settlement activities.
Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, Dec. 19, 2003): In principle, separation seems the best answer to stop the killing. For this reason, a security fence makes sense--if it actually separates Jew from Arab. Unfortunately, to protect a number of disparate Israeli settlements erected in the midst of Palestinian communities, Israel currently is mixing Jew and Arab and separating Arab from Arab. Thus are sown the seeds for conflict. After 36 years of occupation, the land remains almost exclusively Arab. The limited Jewish presence is the result of conscious colonization. The settlements require a pervasive Israeli military occupation, imposing a de facto system of apartheid. Separation offers the only hope, but separation requires dismantling Israeli settlements.
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