October 4, 2016

Tim Kaine: A Follower Of The Failed Obama-Clinton Foreign Policy

When the Vice Presidential debate turned to foreign policy, Senator Tim Kaine was immediately on precarious ground. Kaine voted to approve disastrous Iran Deal pioneered by President Obama and then-Secretary Clinton, as well as the failed Obama-Clinton strategies against ISIS and Syria. See below for more details on Kaine’s foreign policy failures:

In An August 4, 2015 Speech On The Senate Floor, Kaine Announced His Support For The Iran Nuclear Deal. “In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, announced his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to peacefully limit Iran’s nuclear program.” (Sen. Tim Kaine, “Kaine Announces Support For Iran Nuclear Deal,” Press Release, 8/4/15)

VIDEO: In His Remarks, Kaine Said He Supports The Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) Because It Is “A Dramatic Improvement Over The Status Quo In Improving Global Security For At Least 15 Years And Likely Longer.” KAINE: “Based on my review of this complex matter, I acknowledge that every option before us involves risk, with upside and downside consequences. I understand how people of good will can reach different conclusions. But I also conclude that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a dramatic improvement over the status quo in improving global security for at least 15 years and likely longer. In this deal, America has honored its best traditions and shown that patient diplomacy can achieve what isolation and hostility cannot. For this reason, I will support the deal.” (Sen. Tim Kaine, Remarks On The Senate Floor, 8/4/15) Minute 1:13-1:53

VIDEO: In May 2016, Kaine Said That “Within A Few Weeks …” Of The Beginning Of U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIS In August 2014, “The Imminent Threat To The United States Was Over.” KAINE: “Let’s look at the pledge we make together and apply it to our current situation. On August 8, 2014, President Obama initiated a bombing campaign against ISIL—the Islamic State in the Levant. ISIL was rapidly taking territory in Syria and Iraq and, left unchecked, posed a threat to United States consulate in Irbil, Iraq. Within a few weeks though, by the end of August, the imminent threat to the United States was over. But the President determined, correctly in my view, that ISIL posed a long-term threat to the US and its allies and that we needed to quote ‘go on offense’ against ISIL. He described the threat to the American public on a televised address on September 10, 2014 and asked Congress to support him in that mission.” (Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Remarks At The Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA, 5/16/16)

In May 2014, Kaine Said The Decision Not To Strike Assad In Favor Of Assad Giving Up The Syrian Chemical Weapons Stockpile “… Accomplished The Mission That The President Had Put On The Table To Deter Future Use Of Chemical Weapons.” Kaine: “Now, Madam President, as you know, it was contentious in the body. The matter never came to a full vote in the Senate floor and the House floor. But after the Foreign Relations Committee authorized the President to use military force, Syria then stepped up for the first time, acknowledged that they had a chemical weapon stockpile, essentially acknowledged that they had used it, and then committed through international organizations, the U.N., to destroy one of the largest chemical weapons stockpiles in the world. That accomplished the mission that the President had put on the table to deter future use of chemical weapons. There is no better deterrent of that stockpile of chemical weapons than their complete destruction.” (Sen. Tim Kaine, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, DC, 6/25/14)