Issue #6 Military/Intel

Issue #6 Military/Intel

While I believe a strong military is a critical deterrence, I also believe ours has been hijacked by the defense industry to make a profit in wars of aggression. President Eisenhower tried to warn us about it. I believe we are less safe because of the way Afghanistan was conducted. That war cost the taxpayers $2.3 trillion, tarnished the US’s reputation, and most importantly cost our precious servicemembers’ lives. It was allowed to continue with very little presidential and congressional oversight. For years and years, ineffective policies were allowed to continue. There are numerous reports of billions of dollars wasted on equipment and buildings that were never used, and during the disastrous withdrawal we left military equipment and cash to the enemy, and 13 service members lost their lives. There was no accountability for this in D.C. Republicans talked tough but still approved the defense budget. Most recently our military was also hijacked by politicians through the military leadership to push “woke politics’ and purge the ranks of any conservatives. I believe politics should be left out, and our military leadership focuses on one thing and that’s defending the constitution and this nation. If elected I would make it my personal mission to rebuild our military’s mission, effectiveness, and morale. And one way to do that would be reinstating any servicemen kicked out for political views or not having the vaccine. in regards to intelligence gathering which I do support if limited to a few agencies, and congressional oversight. I would work to eliminate the 16 spy agencies, $1.25 trillion in national security state spending, and massive warrantless data collection on Americans. The U.S. admits 9/11 was a communication failure so their answer was to make more agencies that have to communicate with each other, and will compete for the budget just like before.

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