Islamo-fascists hate us & want to destroy our way of life
Then there's the war on terror. A Democrat president won't fight the war on terror with the intensity and single-mindedness that it demands. As unbelievable as it sounds, Democrats still don't understand how viscerally, obsessively, and fanatically the
Islamo-fascists hate us, and how determined they are to kill us and destroy our Judeo-Christian culture and civilization. We can put it very simply: the Islamo-fascists want to destroy our way of life and kill us. Period.
The conflict in Iraq is just one battle in this generational, ideological war on terror, as Korea and Vietnam were battles during the Cold War.
The Democrats are quick to criticize the war in Iraq, but they're criticizing tactics in this one battle without offering any overall strategy for winning the broader war.
We should fight terror primarily with small quick strikes rather than large extended occupations. Our enemy trains and plots in small scattered groups.
It's an enemy conducive to being tracked down and eliminated by using the CIA and the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Commands.
These operations are impossible without first-rate intelligence. When the Cold War ended, we cut back on what is called our "human intelligence" or
HumInt (the gathering of intelligence by real people, as opposed to "signal intelligence," or SigInt), just as we cut back out armed forces, and both have come back to haunt us.
Use everything at presidentís disposal to keep US safe
Q: Congress would not pass a reauthorization of the controversial surveillance policy the administration says are necessary to protect the American people in the war on terrorism. Congress says it offered a temporary extension. The administration said no
A: I think it is important to have very thorough surveillance capabilities, but they also need to be monitored by Congress. With technology being what it is today, we have new tools that have never been available before, things that our founding
fathers never envisioned when the Bill of Rights was crafted. And so it is uncharted territory. Two things we need to remember--one, the first job of the president is to keep this country safe. He should use everything at his disposal to do so.
But it is also the job of Congress to make sure that the executive branch does not overstep its boundaries in terms of power. That is why we have the balance of power. And I think there is a healthy tension that was designed into our system.
Support moderate modern evil over Al-Qaedaís medieval evil
The United Statesí biggest challenge in the Arab and Muslim worlds is the lack of a viable moderate alternative to radicalism. On the one hand, there are radical Islamists willing to fight dictators with terrorist tactics that moderates are too humane to
use. On the other, there are repressive regimes that stay in power by force and through the suppression of basic human rights--many of which we support by buying oil, such as the Saudi government, or with foreign aid, such as the Egyptian government.
Although we cannot export democracy as if it were Coca-Cola or KFC, we can nurture moderate forces in places where al Qaeda is seeking to replace modern evil with medieval evil. Such moderation may not look or function like our system--it may be a
benevolent oligarchy or more tribal than individualistic--but both for us and for the peoples of those countries, it will be better than the dictatorships they have now or the theocracy they would have under radical Islamists.
Source: Americaís Priorities in the War on Terror: Foreign Affairs
, Jan 1, 2008
Fight terrorism by increasing spending on armed forces & CIA
Terrorist enemies plot and train in small, scattered cells, but can be tracked down and eliminated by the CIA, U.S. Special Forces, and the military forces of the coalition countries united to rid the world of this scourge. We can achieve a tremendous
amount with swift and surgical air strikes and commando raids by our elite units. But these operations demand first-rate intelligence. When the Cold War ended, we cut back our human intelligence, just as we cut back our armed forces, and these reductions
have come back to haunt us. I will strengthen both.
Right now, we spend about 3.9% of our GDP on defense, compared with about 6% in 1986, under President Ronald Reagan. We need to return to that 6% level. And we must stop using active-duty forces for
nation building and return to our policy of using other government agencies to build schools, hospitals, roads, sewage treatment plants, water filtration systems, electrical facilities, and legal and banking systems.
Source: Americaís Priorities in the War on Terror: Foreign Affairs
, Jan 1, 2008
Torture is unproductive, and should not be US policy
I donít believe that we ought to torture. I think itís a policy that is beneath us. It is obviously unproductive. And every single military person with whom Iíve spoken, people who actually have been trained
& who have been on either side of this issue, either being tortured or being asked to do it--Iíve got to tell you, I canít find anybody who says that ought to be the policy of the United States.
Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 ďChoosing the PresidentĒ interviews
, Dec 9, 2007
Kick rear ends if documents destroyed to protect rear ends
Q: What do you make of the CIA destroying the tapes of those two interrogation interrogations?
A: When we start destroying documents, what are we destroying them for? Are we doing it for security purposes or to cover somebodyís rear end?
If weíre covering somebodyís rear end, we need to expose their rear end and kick their rear end for doing something thatís against the best interest of the US and the responsibility and the respectability of this country.
Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 ďChoosing the PresidentĒ interviews
, Dec 9, 2007
Opposes waterboarding; close Guantanamo as a bad symbol
Q: You came out against waterboarding and you also came out for closing Guantanamo Bay because you said that it had become a ďsymbol,Ē that it represents to the rest of the world about something bad about America.
As president, how important would foreign opinion be in your determining your policies?
A: Well, I wouldnít let foreign opinion determine our policies, wouldnít let it dictate it. But we do have to make sure that we live in such a way as
Americans that we have friends, not enemies, across the world. And over the past several years, it seems as weíve made even our friends our enemies. Weíve got to change that. There is an important role that the
United States has as the most powerful nation on earth militarily and economically, to act in such a way that people respect us and that people also realize that we are a great nation, not one that wants to push ourselves on others.
Raise enlistment rates with Veteransí Bill of Rights
Q: Regarding declining minority enlistment, what do you say to minorities who are overwhelmingly opposed to the continuation of this war?
A: One of the tragedies is that our military veterans have kept their promises to us; we have not kept all of our
promises to them. Many of them have come back to be told to wait in line for their health care, to be told that mental health would be something that might be rationed out. Thatís not acceptable. And, if I were president, Iíd like to see us have a very
plainly written, simple-to-understand veteransí bill of rights that would make sure that every single thing that these veterans have been promised is delivered. And itís delivered as the first fruits of the federal Treasury before anyone else gets their
nose in the trough, the veterans get their benefits paid--not on the basis of a limited budget, but on the basis of making sure that we keep promises to the people who have kept us free. That, I believe, will help people want to be a part of the military
Q: US policy of extending student visas to foreign students has been much too lenient. Many of the 9/11 hijackers received student visas. Would you support continued issuing of student visas to nationals of countries that are state-sponsors of terrorist
BROWNBACK: We ought to limit a lot of these, but I donít think you can go and just block them altogether.
Q: General Colin Powell was asked about the status of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, whether suspected terrorists should be housed there. He said:
FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL: If it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo.
Not tomorrow, but this afternoon. Every morning I pick up a paper and some authoritarian figure, some person somewhere is using Guantanamo to hide their own misdeeds. And so essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in
Americaís justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open.
Q: Do you agree with Secretary Powell?
A: I know itís become a symbol of whatís wrong.
Itís more symbolic than it is a substantive issue, because people perceive of mistreatment when, in fact, there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given, really, every consideration.
Better to make mistakes at Guantanamo to protect Americans
Q: Gen. Powell said, ďIf it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo. Not tomorrow, but this afternoon.Ē Do you agree?
A: I know itís become a symbol of whatís wrong. Itís more symbolic than it is a substantive issue, because people perceive of
mistreatment when, in fact, there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given, really, every consideration. Most of our [Arkansas] prisoners would love to be in a facility more like Guantanamo and less like the state
prisons that people are in.
Q: But the argument isnít so much the physical condition as to the legal system that they face. These suspected terrorists, these detainees are being held, by and large, without charges, without any evidence. Theyíre just
being kept there indefinitely.
A: I understand that. Thereís not a perfect solution. The perfect solution is to get people to quit being terrorists. If weíre going to make a mistake right now, letís make it on the side of protecting the American people
Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life
I believe life begins at conception, and I believe that we should do everything possible to protect that life because it is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as an American people. We value the life of one as if itís the life of all, and thatís why
we look for miners when the mine explodes, because we value life, and itís what separates us from the Islamic jihadists who are out to kill us. They celebrate death. They have a culture of death. Ours is a culture of life.
Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina
, May 15, 2007
Guard & Reserve did their duty; itís beginning to wear
We need to be very careful about the overuse of the Guard and the Reserve in our military. As a governor and commander in chief of our Guard, Iíve seen 80% of our Guard forces deployed to Iraq. Now weíre talking about sending them back yet again & again.
These are citizen soldiers. They didnít sign up to be gone all the time. Theyíre willing to do their duty, but the toll that itís taking on their families, their employers and their communities is-itís beginning to really wear.
Source: Meet the Press: 2007 ďMeet the CandidatesĒ series
, Jan 28, 2007
Strength is more effective deterrent to war than weakness
A true leader shares his power rather than shows his power. True greatness is revealed by humility rather than hubris. Fear can be obtained by a gun, but true respect can only be earned by using oneís strength for unselfish service. Jesus reminded us
that if we really want to be great, we must be willing to serve rather than to be served, and that the spirit of our actions is as important as the actions themselves.
I would never want to sacrifice one particle of Americaís power. Ronald
Reagan had it right when he led this country to unprecedented military strength. Our best defense is a military so well equipped and so well trained that no one wants to challenge it. Strength is a far more effective deterrent to war than is weakness,
and the US should never be apologetic for the development of the strongest military forces on the face of the earth. But with the development of strength and unprecedented power there must also be unprecedented restraint.
Keeping Guantanamo prisoners more important than location
THOMPSON: [To Huckabee]: I disagree with my friend Mike [on whether Bushís foreign policy] is arrogant. Closing down Guantanamo because people will think better of us, and bringing those people here to give them rights that they donít have there.
HUCKABEE: I felt we should keep Guantanamo open until the court case had come down indicating that there was no real substantive difference in whether they were in Guantanamo or Leavenworth. The fact is, I donít care what the rest of the world thinks.
I care what America thinks. And itís become a divisive issue. I visited Guantanamo, & I visited every prison in my state. The truth is, Guantanamo was too darn good. The conditions down there were amazingly hospitable. I thought a little bit too much for
my taste, considering what these people had done. So itís a matter of a policy that brings this country together and not tears it apart. I donít think where we keep these people is as important as it is that we keep them and we donít let them go.
Islamic terror is about worldwide caliphate, not US attacks
PAUL: [to HUCKABEE]: They donít attack us because weíre free & prosperous--but because we invade their countries, because we have bases in their country--and we havenít done it just since 9/11, but we have done that a long time. It was the Air Force base
in Saudi Arabia before 9/11 that was given as the excuse for 9/11.
THOMPSON: Who have we invaded before 9/11?
PAUL: We had an air base in Saudi Arabia. And how many governments have we propped up?
HUCKABEE: The fact is when there is a serious threa
to this country, it is not a threat because we happen to be peace-loving people. Itís a threat because in the heart of the radical Islamic faith--not all Islam. This isnít an Islamic problem. This is a jihadist problem. This is an Islamo-fascism problem.
There is nothing about our attacking them that prompts this. They are prompted by the fact they believe that they must establish a worldwide caliphate that has nothing to do with us other than we live and breathe and their intention is to destroy us.
Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility.
Huckabee adopted the National Governors Association policy:
Handling Information Needs. Many of the operational, programmatic, and funding activities associated with terrorism consequence management preparedness are classified because of national security. Thus, the sharing of critical information is hampered. State governments must be viewed as strong partners in the USí national security efforts, particularly as related to terrorism.
Managing Consequences. Managing the short- and long-term consequences of terrorism is among the responsibilities of state and local government supplemented by the resources of the federal government, coordinated by FEMA.
Supporting Public-Private Cooperation. Terrorism preparedness efforts should be inclusive of key private sector entities such as defining the appropriate roles and responsibilities for public and private health and medical communities.
Clarifying the Role of the National Guard. The role of the National Guard in terrorism
response activities is to support federal, state, and local response agencies with equipment, facilities, and personnel. Any assignment of responsibility should enhance the nationís terrorism consequence management capability and provide for the contingency of the National Guard being called to assist active and reserve components in dealing with a major military conflict.
Federal Responsibility Governors recognize the need to coordinate programs among federal agencies to address domestic terrorism and appreciate the efforts of the National Domestic Preparedness Office. However, they encourage greater clarification of the currently fragmented structure of federal responsibilities and support increased cooperation among federal agencies to better enable states to plan for domestic terrorism responses. Governors urge appropriate funding, maximum coordination of program components, and coordinated service delivery within states and localities.
Source: NGA policy HR-10: Domestic Terrorism 01-NGA5 on Feb 15, 2001
Include states in anti-terrorism planning.
Huckabee adopted the National Governors Association position paper:
The issue of terrorism will be of major focus for the 107th Congress. Governors have a critical interest in controlling domestic terrorism because they are responsible for ensuring that state and local authorities have the ability to deal with natural disasters and other types of major emergencies, including terrorist incidents.
NGA believes that any national strategy for dealing with terrorist incidents should include planning and training by state and local forces. The unique nature of terrorism coupled with national security implications requires the support and expertise of the federal government in working with state and local government in developing capabilities. A clear national strategy developed through a partnership among federal agencies and key state, local, and private sector stakeholders is essential to drive operational and programmatic planning, training, and service delivery in combating terrorism.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA7 on Sep 14, 2001