The War on Terror
Winning the war on terrorism is a great responsibility of our generation. America cannot afford to go back to the days of playing defense, with inconsistent responses to terrorist attacks, because weakness only encourages aggression. Americans want peace. We’re at war not because we want to be, but because the terrorists declared war on us. Freedom is going to win this war of ideas. Terrorism lies at the hart of government acceptance. Terrorism must be stopped.
Defeating al-Qaeda: Kill or capture the al-Qaeda leadership, destroy the capabilities of the group, and discredit its radical ideology. The main fronts against Al Qaeda are in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Defeating Hamas and Hezbollah: While al-Qaeda poses the most immediate threat, other Islamic terrorist networks are building the capability to harm America and free countries, our interests, and our allies. Hezbollah killed more Americans before 9/11 than any other terrorist group. Hamas is a brutal terrorist group that murders the citizens of Israel, and also has a significant role in the worldwide jihadist network of terrorists waging war on us. Both groups enjoy Iran and Syria’s financial, military and poltical backing, and these countries must be held accountable for this support – and for the support they give to other terrorist groups.
Bring a Reneweed Focus to Afghanistan: Increase the amount of American-led combat troops in Afghanistan to dramatize the defeat al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists there and stabilize the region.
Preventing WMD Attacks: America needs expanded security capabilities and credible deterrent threats to stop an attack on the U.S. homeland.
Strengthening Domestic Tools: Support important tools like the PATRIOT ACT and FISA, and will work with Congress to improve our ability to stop terrorists at home – without compromising the rights of U.S. citizens.
Change the environment: Prevent the Rise of Future Terrorists
Reworking Foreign Aid: Tie annual aid packages for Arab and Muslim states to performance-based benchmarks that encourage recipients to help us win the Terrorists’ War on Us and fighting radical Islam.
Terrorist Propaganda: Become more aggressive about combating illegal terrorist propaganda and would seek to cut off their funding and resources.
Establish an International Center for Freedom from Terrorism: To increase cooperation between the United States and her allies, the Center will enable terrorism experts from each government to maintain constant contact, sharing information and plans with each other. Building a dedicated international institution will helpease the exchange of information, stop terrorist attacks, and ensure that our allies remain committed to helping us win the Terrorists’ War on Us.
Strengthen the U.S. Military: Ensure that our military has all the forces, tools, skills, and technologies it needs to defeat the terrorists and address other future threats. Consider adding at least 10 new combat brigades to the Army and expanding our Navy to more than 300 ships. Ensure that the Air Force has the new refueling tankers it needs, and build a new long range bomber to replace the aging B-52.
Refocus Intelligence Community: Revitalize and refocus the intelligence community to produce solid human intelligence on terrorist groups and activities.
Expand NATO (or cease its existance): Work with our NATO allies to expand the organization into a global security organization. A new NATO should dedicate itself to confronting significant threats to the international system, from territorial aggression to terrorism. Membership should be opened to any state that meets basic standards of good governance, military readiness, and global responsibility, regardless of its location.
Create a Stability and Reconstruction Expeditionary Corps: Consider a new hybrid military-civilian corps that will help stabilize failing states and prevent the emergence of new terrorist safe-havens.
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