Dan Quayle on War & Peace

Vice President of the U.S., 1989-1993; Former Republican Senator (IN)


Should have negotiated Kosovo; no US peacekeeping troops

Negotiation - not escalation - represented the only appropriate strategy [in Kosovo]. This very settlement [signed today] could have been secured months ago if President Clinton had not insisted on his proposal for peace-keeping troops. The nations of Europe should supply the ground forces needed to enforce the proposal accepted today. Although the US might offer air and logistical support, there is no reason to move US troops into any part of Yugoslavia.
Source: www.quayle2000.com/ “Press Releases” , Jun 3, 1999

Kosovo: Wrong war in the wrong place

As I have said from the outset of our military involvement in Yugoslavia, this is the wrong war in the wrong place. The United States should never commit our military unless it is in our vital national security interests. Involving ourselves in a civil war of ancient origins does not meet that test. No one is better off as a result of this ill-advised mission: not the United States or its allies; not NATO; and certainly not the Albanian Kosovars, whose suffering has increased dramatically.
Source: www.quayle2000.com/ “Calls for Halt”, 5/5/99 , May 5, 1999

Our Kosovo role: bring combatants together, not wage war

The present policy [in Kosovo] risks miring us in a protracted military campaign that further depletes our armed forces and diminishes our ability to confront real threats in other parts of the world. America’s credibility has been undermined by the president’s actions. America’s role is not to negotiate with Milosevic, but to pursue peace by bringing together the real parties to this conflict - the Kosovars and the Yugoslav government.
Source: www.quayle2000.com/ “Calls for Halt”, 5/5/99 , May 5, 1999

Stay out of Yugoslavia’s civil war

You’ve got to step back and ask this question: Is it in America’s vital national security interest to be involved in a civil war in Yugoslavia? And I would say the answer to that question is no, that this is a civil war, that this is not where Iraq invaded Kuwait, this is not where Yugoslavia was going to invade Hungary or Albania or Macedonia, Bulgaria, one of the other countries that’s in the area.
Source: Excerpts from CNN’s “Crossfire” , Apr 27, 1999

Extend international order friendly to our security.

Quayle signed Project for the New American Century Statement of Principles

Conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America's role in the world. We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests? Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

  1. we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
  2. we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
  3. we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
  4. we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.
Source: PNAC Principles 97-PNAC-WP on Jun 3, 1997

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