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    Aug 30th, 2008


    GTN 16 Candidate Statement

    On August 27, I recorded a candidate statement for the Ramsey / Washington Counties Suburban Cable Commission, through its Government Television Network (GTN).

    The statement will be cablecast multiple times on GTN TV-16 prior to the Sept. 9 primary.

    Following is the full text of the statement.

    My name is Aubrey Immelman and I’m challenging the party-endorsed candidate for the Republican nomination in the Sixth Congressional District.

    My main reason for running is U.S. national security – specifically, the unintended consequences of the Iraq war.

    Plain and simple, the invasion of Iraq was a mistake.

    More than just exacting a huge cost in American blood, treasure, and loss of international stature, our military intervention in Iraq has created complex security challenges for the United States.

    Before the invasion, we had in place a very successful containment policy against Iraqi aggression – preserving a delicate balance of power between Iran and Iraq in one of the world’s most volatile regions, the Middle East.

    The removal of Saddam has empowered Iran, with its nuclear ambitions, and placed Iraq under the control of Islamist Shiite leaders closely aligned with Iran – thereby creating an infinitely more serious threat to U.S. national security in the region than existed before the invasion.

    ParaBn-patrol.jpg On Patrol - Parachute Batallion picture by Rifleman-AlI’m the only candidate in the Sixth District congressional race with military experience, trained as an airborne soldier in counterinsurgency and anti-terrorist operations and with professional credentials as a military consultant on nuclear counterproliferation, threat assessment, deterrence, and psychological operations.

    I offer my specialized training and expertise to help secure the vital national security interests of the United States in the wake of the attacks of 9/11 and emerging security threats triggered by the ill-conceived, short-sighted Iraq war.

    I have not taken any money to run for office, am not beholden to special interests, and come with no strings attached. My first responsibility will be to ordinary Minnesotans in the Sixth District.

    In my campaign, I have walked the length of the District, 100 miles from Freeport in the north to Stillwater in the south, and across the District, 50 miles from Foley in the east to Paynesville in the west. With my feet firmly on the ground, my loyalties are clear.

    I disdain the deplorable level of partisanship in Washington. I will reach across the aisle, where possible, to get things done and will strive to work productively with all reasonable people. Despite ideological differences, we’re all American.

    There are some things worth dying for. But invading countries that pose no imminent threat to the United States is not one of them.

    I’m Aubrey Immelman, and I’m asking for your vote September 9.

    Thank you.

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    26 Responses to “On the Campaign Trail: Day 47”
    1. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » On the Campaign Trail: Day 51 Says:

      [...] The full text of the statement is available on the blog entry for August 30 — Day 47. [...]

    2. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Anti-War Letter, 6 Years On Says:

      [...] Statement on Iraq War [...]

    3. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Write-In Candidacy Announcement Says:

      [...] On September 9, 2008, I challenged Rep. Bachmann for the Republican nomination because of my strong opposition to her support for the destructive neocon ideology that mired the United States in an unnecessary war in Iraq at a cost of thousands of American lives, hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars, and untold damage to the international stature of the United States of America (see Statement on Iraq War). [...]

    4. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Ron Paul Converts Bachmann Says:

      [...] On the 44th day of my campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination as House of Representatives candidate in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, I traveled to White Bear Lake to record a candidate statement for the Ramsey and Washington Counties Suburban Cable Commission, through its Government Television Network (GTN). [...]

    5. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Immelman vs. Bachmann: Year 2 Says:

      [...] My other key issues were law enforcement and national security (with a focus on my opposition to the Iraq war, which I believe weakened U.S. national security and which Rep. Bachmann enthusiastically supported). [...]

    6. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Iraq War Destabilizes Middle East Says:

      [...] On the Campaign Trail: Day 47 [...]

    7. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Bomb-Throwing Bachmann Says:

      [...] Statement on the Iraq War [...]

    8. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » McCain, Obama Split on Iraq Says:

      [...] Statement on the Iraq War [...]

    9. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Afghan Insurgency Spreading Says:

      [...] Compare: Statement on the Iraq War [...]

    10. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Pakistan Guerrilla War Has Begun Says:

      [...] Statement on the Iraq War [...]

    11. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Dick Cheney Sees Victory in Iraq Says:

      [...] Response to Cheney: Statement on the Iraq War  [...]

    12. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » On the Campaign Trail: Day 21 Says:

      [...] A key difference between Immelman and Bachmann is Immelman’s long-standing opposition to the Iraq war. [...]

    13. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Chuck Hagel on National Defense Says:

      [...] The full text of the statement on the Iraq war is available on the blog entry for August 30, 2008. [...]

    14. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Tom Horner at the State Fair Says:

      [...] On the Campaign Trail: Day 47 [...]

    15. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » ‘Tough Days Ahead’ in Afghanistan Says:

      [...] The full text of the statement on the Iraq war is available on the blog entry for August 30, 2008. [...]

    16. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Obama Missile Strikes Continue Says:

      [...] Link to my statement on the Iraq war [...]

    17. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Tom Horner Townhall in St. Joe Says:

      [...] On September 9, I challenged Rep. Bachmann for the Republican nomination because of my strong opposition to her support for the destructive neocon ideology that mired the United States in an unnecessary war in Iraq at a cost of thousands of American lives, hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars, and untold damage to the international stature of the United States of America (see Statement on the Iraq War). [...]

    18. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Cheney Squarely Behind Limbaugh Says:

      [...] Here’s Immelman’s full statement: “On September 9, I challenged Rep. Bachmann for the Republican nomination because of my strong opposition to her support for the destructive neocon ideology that mired the United States in an unnecessary war in Iraq at a cost of thousands of American lives, hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars, and untold damage to the international stature of the United States of America …” [...]

    19. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Record Number of U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Says:

      [...] Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day 47 [...]

    20. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » September 3, 2011 Says:

      [...] I released a video statement regarding the serious national security implications of the Iraq war, which Rep. Bachmann failed to address the previous evening in her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The full text of the statement is available on the blog entry for August 30, 2008. [...]

    21. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » October 15, 2011 Says:

      [...] I recommended Peter Galbraith’s book “Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies” and posted a link to my own statement on the Iraq war for purposes of comparison. [...]

    22. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Barack Obama Keeps Promise to Bring Troops Home from Iraq Says:

      [...] Statement on the Iraq War (Aug. 30, 2008) [...]

    23. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Iraq-Afghanistan Casualties Says:

      [...] On the 17th day of my write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, I reissued my Statement on the Iraq War, reiterated instructions for casting a write-in ballot, and reported on ongoing violence in Iraq. [...]

    24. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Muqtada al-Sadr Demands His Pound of Flesh Says:

      [...] Unintended But Foreseeable Consequences of the Iraq War (Aug. 30, 2008) [...]

    25. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Iraq Continues Post-Saddam Slide to Sectarian War Says:

      [...] Unintended But Foreseeable Consequences of the Iraq War (Aug. 30, 2008) [...]

    26. The Immelman Turn » Blog Archive » Memorial Day Mayhem in Iraq Says:

      [...] Unintended but Foreseeable Consequences of the Iraq War (Aug. 30, 2008) [...]

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