Brian Mast on War & Peace
We need a new national security strategy and a defense budget that allows us to implement it. We need leaders in Washington who understand how to protect our interests and those of our allies, as well as America's unique leadership role in the world. The world is safest when America is the strongest.
For starters, the United States must finish what we started and defeat global jihadists, ISIS and al-Qaeda. President Obama's half-hearted, inconsistent policy has failed. When elected to Congress, I will aggressively press the next administration for a plan and a budget that will allow us to defeat these jihadist groups. We must also remember that our strategy must come from military commanders -- it is a military decision, not a political one.
Q: Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
A: Yes. Sometimes there are people in this world that are simply evil, ISIS is one example. Such people need to be erased and we should be at peace with that.
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