Gary Bauer on Homeland Security

2000 Republican Primary Candidate for President


Shifted focus from traditional family to national security

Large number of foot soldiers of faith voters were openly disgusted with what was perceived to be more a quest for political stature and significance than to boldly stand for the issue that gave the movement its justifications for existence. As I listened to Gary Bauer say that he no longer was focused as much on the sanctity of life and traditional marriage as much as national security, it occurred to me that if a pro-family organizations was now focusing on the might of the military and the role of the CIA in combating terrorism, then it was no longer a pro-family group but a national security group, just like dozens of others similarly focused. It would be like the NRA saying, "Well, we still care about guns, but what we really want to focus on is global warming." When an organization can't even focus on its focus, it's hopelessly lost.
Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 54 , Nov 18, 2008

Abandon the ABM Treaty; build SDI over Asia

Bauer says the US should abandon, not simply renegotiate, the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia that forbids a national defense system. Bauer called for deployment of an anti-missile system to protect Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Source: Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times , Sep 28, 1999

Fully fund all veteranís benefits and health care

There are few matters of greater importance to this nation than taking care of those who have responded to aggression and preserved our peace and freedom. Our veterans deserve the first and greatest fruits of that freedom, especially the benefits and health care that were promised to them. Allowing our nationís commitment to falter and remain under-funded diminishes us all and, left unchecked, will weaken the republic.
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

Deploy SDI; upgrade hollow military

I support immediate deployment of an anti-ballistic missile system to defend the American people, as well as theater missile defense to protect our troops and our allies overseas. We must take immediate steps to upgrade a U.S. military that has been hollowed out by Clinton-era cutbacks.
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

Expand NATO; stay engaged abroad; stop defense cuts

Iím in favor of expanding NATO. I donít think there could be any question about that. I think we have to deny and defeat the isolationist voices that would have us withdrawal from the world scene. We need to take a look at the American defense posture right now. The defense cuts of the last seven years are cutting too deep. If we want to be a force for good around the world, then we need to be making defense decisions now that will enable a future American president to be that force for good.
Source: Speech at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

Build SDI - donít leave our citizens defenseless

[We should] deploy the technology that we already have to defend US citizens from a missile attack from abroad. We have the technological capability to do that. At a time when world nations are getting their hands on missile technology and nuclear technology, it is immoral to leave the American people defenseless from an ICBM fired at one of our major American cities.
Source: Speech at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities.

Bauer signed Project for the New American Century Statement of Principles

American defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century. We aim to change this.

We are living off the capital--both the military investments and the foreign policy achievements--built up by past administrations. Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world. As a consequence, we are jeopardizing the nation's ability to meet present threats and to deal with potentially greater challenges that lie ahead.

We seem to have forgotten the essential elements of the Reagan Administration's success: a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges.

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;

Source: PNAC Principles 97-PNAC-HS on Jun 3, 1997

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