In 2002 voted on favor of Iraqi invasion. Has been an ardent proponent of troop surge. Has said he hopes to defeat Al-Qaeda by 2013 and hopes for Iraq to have a functioning democracy by the same year.
In January 2007 he introduced legislation to end the war In Iraq with a phased withdrawal of troops engaged in combat operations. Supports a UN-led Iraqi constitutional convention. Though he has always been an opponent of the war, Obama was not yet elected during the 2002 Congressional authorization of the war. During a July tour of Iraq German newspapers inaccurately reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had supported Obama’s plan to withdrawal troops within 16 months of taking office.
Has expressed support for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment naming the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Is not opposed to taking military action against Iran. Does not support direct diplomatic talks with Iran.
Supports tough sanctions on Iran to stop proliferation of uranium enrichment. Wants to engage Iran diplomatically. Wants to develop a cooperative security framework with foreign countries including Iran.
Would develop bipartisan plan to “fix” social security system. Supports private savings accounts for individuals. Has called current Social Security system “a disgrace.”
Supports an increase the maximum amount of earnings covered by Social Security. Wants to work with Congress to develop a payroll tax reform package that will keep social security buoyant for the next 50 years.