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Ryan Previews National Security Agenda with WISN’s Jay Weber

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June 09, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WISN’s Jay Weber about A Better Way and the House Republican initiative on national security.

Excerpts of Ryan’s answers follow:

Detailing the core tenants of the House Republican National Security Agenda:

“Number one: Strengthen our military. The military has been cut. They’re taking parts off of planes in bone yard to keep planes flying. Number two: homeland security. That means securing our border, fixing our immigration laws, and making sure we have what we need to go after jihadists. And number three, let’s have a foreign policy doctrine strategy that actually keeps us safe and prevents groups like ISIS from materializing in the first place. . . . Right now, if you describe the War on Terror, it’s completely reactive.”

“So the president has a failed foreign policy, where ISIS now controls Iraq. They’re staging plots and attacks against us and other Western nations. So we are in a bad place, with respect to foreign policy. We’ve got to get ourselves in a good place; deny safe havens, keep ourselves safe, give the military what they need to do their job, secure our borders, and deal with the ideology in the first place that creates these jihadists. . . . Our allies don’t trust us, and our adversaries don’t fear us. This is the problem with the current foreign policy, and that is why we’re rolling out . . . a very specific and coherent and comprehensive agenda for how to restore national security.”

“And so that’s what we’re articulating today. Here’s what a 21st century military looks like. Here’s how we respect our veterans and our many men and women who are currently wearing the uniform with the kind of equipment and posture they need. Here’s what a foreign policy strategy looks like that in the long term keeps us safe.”

Criticizing the Iran nuclear deal:

“And you [have] Iran now, [and] the president said that he’ll never let them have a nuclear weapon, and he just signed a deal that all but guarantees they’ll have nuclear weapons. In addition to that, Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is about to take $150 billion in cash as a result of the Obama deal. . . . This is why our allies are scratching their heads saying, ‘Where is the America we knew? Where is the leadership?’ The point we’re trying make is: The president has created a huge void. That void is being filled by people and nations that do not share our values and compromise our national security. That is what we’re addressing.”


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