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National Security


The phrase 'national security' often elicits a multitude of interpretation from different segments of the populace. Essentially though, national security is the process and mechanism designed to protect the nation and its interests from an internal/ or foreign political, military and/or economic threat.

Obviously, these threats have evolved in modern times. For the latter half of the previous century, the country's primary focus on national security was the Soviet Union and the threat of a thermonuclear holocaust. Our resources were directed almost exclusively towards strengthening our military and cultivating strategic national allies.

The present age, however, has seen the potential source of threats evolving and expanding into a wider and more complex variant. A direct invasion or nuclear strike has long been supplemented by more unique, but equally dangerous threats.


(i) Cyber terrorism
(ii) Foreign energy dependence
(iii) Currency/financial market manipulation
(iv) Non-state terrorism

What are the candidates' views on the subject?




 

 

2012 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Current President of the United States

Barack Obama

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Obama Position on National Security

• He voted against the original Patriot Act of 2001 and later for bills reauthorizing the act as a compromise, believing the new version is still better than what the White House originally proposed and does modestly improve the Patriot Act by strengthening civil liberty protection without sacrificing the tools that law enforcement needs to keep us safe.

• Obama wants Homeland Security money targeted more towards high-risk areas such as nuclear facilities, chemical plants and ports.

•• He introduced legislation to enhance disaster preparedness and to strengthen the security of chemical plants and drinking water security.

• He wants more quality tracking of nuclear technology and spent nuclear fuel so that it doesn't end up in terrorist hands.

• When asked to describe the Obama doctrine for the use of force when there was no security issue in the offing, he replied, "Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake."

• When asked, during his presidential interview with Katie Couric of CBS News, to explain a national security situation when it was appropriate to lie to the American people, Obama was of the opinion, "I don't think it's appropriate to lie. I mean, you can put together a hypothetical where there is a national security emergency that is imminent. And you don?t want to provide, for example, the location of our troops. You don't have to lie in those situations. You simply say, "We're not answering questions."

• Barack Obama thinks that the problems of terrorism are one of the most terrible threats that the US faces.

• "The way we have to approach the problem of Islamic extremism, is we have to hunt down those who would resort to violence to move their ideology forward. We should be going after al Qaeda and those networks fiercely and effectively," stated Obama on CNN Late Edition July 13th 2008.

• Human rights and national security are complementary, stated Obama when he was questioned about whether human rights were more important than American national security.

• Laura Flanders on 11th November 2007 quoted Obama saying, "The threat that we face now is nowhere near as dire as it was in the Cold War. We shouldn?t allow our politics to be driven by the fear of terrorism."
Obama's profile, official website and positions on the issues



 
2012 Republican Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mitt Romney

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

Romney Position on National Security

• Mitt Romney feels that USA should hike up military spending to 4% of the country's GDP. He also believes that the Government should increase the active duty work force by ten thousand.

• Mitt Romney stands for wire tapping mosques to keep a check on Islamic terrorists and feels that USA should stridently hike up the military investment to counter act racial jihad.

• Romney feels that USA should employ both military and diplomatic actions to win the Jihadists. He supports bringing in a global and non military effort to counter act jihad. He also told the press "I want to bring in a real strong team of people who have different backgrounds, a lot from the private sector, and I want to take on a whole series of efforts."

• He thinks that USA should not weaken Musharaff of Pakistan as they need an ally to counter act Bin Laden.

• One of the most important things that Romney regrets in life is not having joined the military even though he was eligible for the draft.

• Romney believes that the FBI should have the power to wiretap mosques and spy on new Muslims who came to reside in the country.

• He once stated, "my view is, we ought to double Guantanamo" so that the terrorist will be prevented from getting any access to lawyers.
Romney's profile, official website and positions on the issues



 


 

 

Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate


Matt Snyder

Presidential Candidate Matt Snyder

Snyder Position on National Security

"Control the border. We control the seas and the skies, but we are currently failing to control the easiest area to protect—the land. We don’t need to close the borders, just control them so we know who is coming in, why they’re here, where they’re going, and when they’re leaving."


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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman

Vern Wuensche

Presidential Candidate Vern Wuensche

Wuensche Position on National Security

• Wuensche believes that we must win the war against Islamic extremists.

• Wuensche believes that political correctness in dealing with Islamics each day becomes a greater danger to America.

• He believes we should expedite completion of a strategic missile defense system.

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