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STAR * PAC’s Purpose, Priorities,
STAR*PAC seeks to "wage peace" by taking action in the
political process, especially in Congressional elections and the
quadrennial Iowa Presidential Caucuses.
STAR*PAC raises war and peace issues with candidates,
putting candidates on record with forums and questionnaires and at their
appearances urge candidates to take strong positions for peace.
STAR*PAC ultimately endorses candidates and urge
Iowans to support them. STAR*PAC primarily supports candidates by
working to influence public opinion and mobilize voters. STAR*PAC often
hosts guest speakers on war and peace issues in order to influence
opinion and encourage action by Iowans.
founded in 1980 at the peak of Cold War conflict. It advocates on a wide
range of foreign and military policy issues perhaps summarized in the
conviction, "War is not the answer."*
President Dwight D. Eisenhower:
"Every gun that is made,
every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and
not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is
spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the
hopes of its children."
"Disarmament, with mutual
honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we
must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect
and decent purpose."
STAR*PAC’S top goals for 2012:
Support ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)
Support withdrawal of troops from the occupation of Iraq.
Support immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Support the call for a new 9 – 11 investigation
Support the immediate cessation of drone use in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Actively support the two state solution for peace between Israel and Palestine.
Support massive reduction of funding military hardware to Israel.
Speak out and support coalition efforts with United Nations and others to help eliminate the ‘Roots of Terrorism’.
Support a shift in budget priorities away from excessive military spending and towards meeting domestic needs.
Support an end to all nuclear weapons research.
Support efforts to move our nation away from a first strike pre-emptive foreign policy.
STAR*PAC’s primary goal for 2012 is to raise war and peace issues in
anticipation of the local, state, and federal elections scheduled for 2012.
The process provides an extraordinary opportunity for voters to
affect not only WHO represents them, but WHAT policies and positions the candidates commit to
as they meet voters throughout 2012.
Iowa historically has had a
strong international perspective, in both major parties. (People
attribute that to various historical factors, such as Iowa’s long
reliance on international trade, our multi-national ethnic heritage,
pacifist and other faith traditions, and Iowans who have been giants in
espousing cooperative approaches in U.S. foreign policy – including
Herbert Hoover, Henry Wallace, Sen. Harold Hughes, Gov. Bob Ray and
hospitality for refugees, and Sen. Tom Harkin.) STAR*PAC seeks to
continue and strengthen that tradition.
Representative Barbara Lee(D-California):
On September 15,2001 the US Congress approved a resolution
authorizing President Bush to use "all necessary and appropriate
force" against anyone associated with the terrorist attacks of
September 11. The measure passed 98-0 in the Senate and 420-1 in
the House. The lone dissenting vote was a colonel's daughter,
California Democratic Representative --Barbara Lee. "I am convinced that military
action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism
against the United States," Lee said on the House floor on Sept.
15. "There must be some of us who say, 'Let's step back for a
moment and think through the implications of our actions today
-- let us more fully understand the consequences."
STAR*PAC Activities for 2012:
STAR*PAC will present expert guest
speakers for talks and events on foreign and military policy issues. We will continue to collaborate with other Iowa and national peace groups.
The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan remains top priority. STAR*PAC advocates a swift end
to the U.S. military role there and will host focused FORUMS and
what the U.S. should do next. It also remains important to continue to
delve into the claims, processes and events that led to the U.S.
launching of the wars and address the "Roots of Terrorism."
We will also address a wide range of other foreign
and military policy issues, such as: tensions with Iran and North Korea,
nuclear weapons and disarmament, military spending and their position on
proposed new weapons systems, regional foreign policy issues such as
Latin America and Israel-Palestine, the role of diplomacy, the U.S. role
in the U.N. and other international organizations, their plans for U.S.
and multilateral humanitarian assistance, and other issues.
*"War is not the answer" is a slogan championed by the Friends
Committee on National Legislation and espoused by many members of
STAR*PAC is organizing individual-candidate "town hall" meetings on
war and peace issues. Candidates will have 10-15 minutes for remarks of
their choosing, then there will be questions and answers with the
audience. All candidates of both parties will be invited to conduct such
individual candidate forums. Other organizations are being invited to
co-sponsor the individual candidate forums, which will be held at
Central Iowa churches or other public venues.
STAR*PAC is asking all candidates to complete a thorough
Questionnaire on their views and commitments regarding a wide range of
foreign and military policy issues. The candidates’ replies will be
published, circulated, and posted at STAR*PAC’s web site.
STAR*PAC would like to see an all-candidate forum organized in Iowa
on foreign and military policy (as STAR*PAC did in the last wide-open
Caucus in 1988, when all the Democratic candidates participated in a
war-and-peace forum at Hoyt Sherman Place that was broadcast live and
statewide on IPTV.) Candidates of both parties would be invited to
participate in separate all-candidate forums.
STAR*PAC is likely to endorse a candidate or candidates near the end
of 2007. It will choose to endorse a candidate viewed to be best for the
cause of peace, based on positions the candidate takes, commitment to
peace, his or her record to date, and any other factors. STAR*PAC will
commend the endorsed candidate to caucus-goers.
Zinni: In a criticism of the Bush White House
and Rumsfeld's Pentagon leadership Gen. Zinni,
former Commander of Central Command of U.S.
Military, and Special envoy to the Middle East
in the Bush Administration until he resigned in
disgust, said "Heads should roll at the Pentagon
- - Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith and those
who foisted the Iraq war on the U.S. despite my
objections and those of most U.S. Generals
including, Schwartkopf, Skowcroft, Clark,
Shinseki, and others."
STAR*PAC Issues for 2012 Elections
STAR*PAC will organizing
individual-candidate "town hall" meetings on war and peace
issues. Candidates will have 10-15 minutes for remarks of
their choosing, then there will be questions and answers
with the audience. All candidates of both parties will be
invited to conduct such individual candidate forums. Other
organizations are being invited to co-sponsor the individual
candidate forums, which will be held at Central Iowa
churches or other public venues.
STAR*PAC is asking all candidates to
complete a thorough Questionnaire on their views and
commitments regarding a wide range of foreign and military
policy issues. The candidates’ replies will be published,
circulated, and posted at STAR*PAC’s web site.
STAR*PAC is likely to endorse a
candidate or candidates near the end of 2009. It will choose
to endorse a candidate viewed to be best for the cause of
peace, based on positions the candidate takes, commitment to
peace, his or her record to date, and any other factors.
STAR*PAC will commend the endorsed candidate to
political mission – plowshares from the war machine.
Box 561 – Des Moines, Iowa 50302
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