I support United States stance to defend its country against terrorists who threaten the security of its country. Saddam Hussein was not only a threat to United States but also to world peace. If he had been successful in developing chemical weapons, there was a chance that he might have used it to damage American interests. He could also have resorted to proliferation of these chemical weapons, thus passing them on to other terrorists’ organizations. The risk of not going into Iraq and neglecting these threats was thus greater. Every country’s prime responsibility is to safe guard its own national interest above all.
However I do believe that the United States strategy of how they handled the Iraq issue has not been very fruitful. The country has poured enormous amount of money into Iraq without any sign of improvement. The withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq also seems a far fledged idea. Thus the whole idea of humanitarian intervention which was also one of the core reasons for US entering into Iraq has failed, since the Iraqi people do not feel liberated even after so many years. Thus it is quite clear that the strategy in Iraq has been flawed. 2.
Your representative's stance on the issue. a) Public statements The following statements were issued by Senator Feinstein against the prevalent strategy in Iraq in September 2006 alone: “The Iraq War has taken a significant toll on the state and preparedness of our military. Our armed forces are stretched thin; our men and women in uniform over-burdened. ” (Feinstein 2006) “Equipment is fast wearing out. It is estimated that the Army and Marines will need a combined $75 billion over the next five years for maintenance, repair, and replacement alone. ” (Feinstein 2006)
“With the addition of emergency supplemental funding, the cost of the Iraq War has now reached $320 billion, with spending averaging $2 billion a week. ” (Feinstein 2006) “Perhaps the biggest strategic mistake made by military planners, beyond the lack of adequate troop strength, was the decision to demobilize the standing Iraqi Army, while “blacklisting” other civilian professionals who had been members of the Baathist Party. ” (Feinstein 2006) Senator Feinstein issued the following statements on May 25, 2007 after voting for the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
“I am deeply disappointed that this bill fails to hold the President accountable for his Administration’s flawed Iraq War policy. The American people have made their voices clear that there must be an exit strategy for Iraq. Yet this President continues to stubbornly adhere to more of the same” (Feinstein 2007) “I voted for the bill because it provides funding for our troops and for critical domestic emergency spending. But I will continue to push for a change in our nation’s policy in Iraq at every opportunity in the weeks ahead. ” (Feinstein 2007) b) Dianne Feinstein Stance on Strategy Issues on Iraq War
Voted for an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill in May 2007 (H. R. 1268). The bill supported additional funding for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan without any specific withdrawal timeline. This sum amounted to around $99. 5 billion. Apart from that the bill also sanctioned funding for other programs such as drug eradication and disaster management. c) Center for Security Policy’s Stance and Ratings In the year 2007-2008 the Center for Security Policy gave Senator Dianne Feinstein a rating of 29 percent (Project Vote Smart 2007).
The main aim of Center of Security Policy is to subject issues and challenges of American security to national scrutiny so that prompt action can be taken in that regard. The center also works to undermine the efforts of the Islamic extremists which function against American interests. According to Frank Gaffney who is the Founder and President of the center, the biggest threat to American security after September 11 are the Islamofascists which include such non-state actors as Al-Qaeda and state actors which provide funding and support for their activities such as Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
As is evident from their stance, the center was in favor of the attack on Iraq as it saw it as a threat to United States security being posed by such Islamofascists. A rating of 29% (Votesmart 2007) for Senator Feinstein by Center for Security Policy in 2007 would mean that the interest group believes that the Senator stance on Islamofascism and national security is not very consistent with this center’s vision. B. Protection of Intellectual Property 1. Your view Piracy is a very big issue these days.
Our artists and musicians work very hard for providing entertainment to people like us. Due to piracy these people are denied their rightful share and people are able to free ride on their products without paying their due share. 2. Dianne Feinstein’s Stance on Piracy and Intellectual Property Rights In 2006 the Senator co-sponsored Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music Act of 2006. The purpose of the bill is to smooth the standards of settings rates for licenses of copyrights. The sections involved include section 112 and 114 below title 17 of Unites States Code.
The bill cautions broadcasting authorities such as cable television and satellite television providers to protect the material that is broadcasted. In her letter to the Canadian Prime Minister, the Senator said the following regarding this issue “Walking into a cinema and surreptitiously videotaping a movie is clearly wrong, clearly inappropriate, and something that should clearly be prohibited. However, until two years ago it was not a federal crime in the United States and only illegal in four of our 50 states.
In response, we offered legislation in the U. S. Senate which has been enacted into law that protects artists by making it a federal crime to use camcorders and other recording devices in movie theaters. ” (Feinstein 2007). “The digital recording of movies before or during their initial theatrical release is one of the most serious piracy problems faced by the motion picture industry. In fact, six out of ten movies never recoup their original investment. This is not just a problem for the United States and its motion picture industry.
A worldwide study commissioned by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) concluded that in 2005 movie piracy cost the Canadian film industry and your government $225 million and $34 million, respectively, in lost revenues. ” (Feinstein 2007) 3. Electron Frontier Foundation Stance and Ratings The constant support by the senator of the fair use of media and protection of intellectual property has led to her low ratings with this agency. The agency works to establish a legal structure to provide free access to communication technologies to the public.
Works Cited Feinstein, Dianne. “Citing Failed Strategy in Iraq, Senator Feinstein Cosponsors No-Confidence Resolution on Secretary Rumsfeld’s Leadership”. Retrieved May 27, 2010 <http://feinstein. senate. gov/06releases/r-rumsfeld0906. htm> Feinstein, Dianne. “Press Release: Senate Approves FY’07 Supplemental Appropriations Bill”. (2007). Retrieved May 27, 2010 http://feinstein. senate. gov/public/index. cfm? FuseAction=NewsRoom. PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=c305f6f5-fe02-5c19-36dc-fb51d7e7cc40 Project Vote Smart. “Center for Security Policy”.
Retrieved May 27, 2010 http://www. votesmart. org/issue_rating_detail. php? r_id=4406 California State Assembly. Retrieved May 27, 2010, <http://www. assembly. ca. gov/defaulttext. asp> Feinstein, Dianne. Crackdown on Video and Audio Piracy. “Press Release- Senators Feinstein and Cornyn Call on Canada Prime Minister to Help Stop Video Piracy” (2007). Retrieved May 27, 2010 <http://www. feinstein. senate. gov/public/index. cfm? FuseAction=NewsRoom. PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=135f137e-7e9c-9af9-79c5-18cb042f2635&Region_id=&Issue_id=ea58570d-7e9c-9af9-7fff-988109db7af7