Keeping America Safe and Free
Providing for the common defense is one of the federal government’s primary constitutional obligations. Both the President and Congress have significant responsibilities in this area to set the policies that keep our country safe.
Broadly, we must evaluate our most pressing national security goals and put forth the appropriate resources necessary to achieve those objectives. And where we commit resources, especially with regard to putting our men and women in harm’s way, we must have a clear national security interest, a well-articulated purpose, an understanding of the potential costs involved, and a responsible plan for success.
The United States maintains strong economic and national security partnerships with its allies around the world. From free trade pacts, to defense agreements, to our membership in organizations like NATO, the United States is the key actor on the world’s stage. As such, we have a responsibility to promote the democratic values of individual liberty, popular sovereignty, the peaceful transfer of power, and the rule of law.
Honoring Our Veterans
America owes its veterans an enormous debt of gratitude for putting themselves at risk to protect our way of life. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in a safe and free country, and for that, Americans will be forever grateful.
After rightfully and successfully intervening in Afghanistan to remove the Taliban government and destroy al-Quaeda, our original goals have largely been achieved. The men and women who have served during the conflict have done a fantastic job and served honorably. They should be commended for their achievements.
Given this progress, it is the right time to initiate a sizeable and sustained reduction in forces. Afghanistan remains a priority for our national security as we transition from a counterinsurgency strategy to a counterterrorism strategy. Responsibility over local and regional conflicts should be transferred over to the Afghan government while we concentrate our efforts on ensuring Afghanistan does not again become a haven for terrorist organizations.