If You are driving up or want to car pool send me a message and I may be able to connect you to someone else who is heading up that way.
Friday, August 28
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Meet Birmingham: Guests of the event tour local history museums and sites such as 16th St. Baptist Church, Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, etc.
7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Community Rally at Guiding Light Church. Speakers include Glenn Beck and Bishop Jim Lowe.*
*Note: Tickets for the Friday community rally at Guiding Light Church are separate from the March and Restoring Unity Speaking Event on Saturday 8/29. Tickets for the Saturday Restoring Unity Events will be on sale soon.
8:00 AM- 9:00 AM: LINE UP FOR MARCH at 7th Ave and 16th St
9:00 AM: March Begins
12:00 PM-3:00 PM: Restoring Unity Event Begins: Glenn Beck, Bishop Lowe, and more!
This was our first time at Total Wine in Legacy place and we were pleased with the space for a smaller meeting – with projector, screen, pc and wifi all built in. We plan to use this venue in the future.
We were happy to see some folks we hadn’t seen in awhile. Our agenda was fairly free form. Doug Armstrong (co-founder) kicked off the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. He then spoke briefly about our history – although the majority there had been members for several years. Shannon Armstrong (co-founder) talked a bit about the folks planning on speaking during the evening.
- Richard Raborn played a little bit of his speech at the Tax Day Teaparty in 2010. As a physician, he was describing what was going to happen as a result of Obamacare and all of his predictions, sadly, came true. He also described visiting Glenn Beck’s facilities in Dallas and having a great discussion with Glenn on his weapon collection. Dr. Raborn encouraged us to visit in Dallas if we got the opportunity. Richard also spoke about MercuryOne – Glenn Beck’s charity.
- Marianne Polulack told us about a free event at Calvary Chapel Boynton Beach this Saturday, 2/15 – Overview of America followed by One Nation Under God – both focusing on Americanism. For more information, go here
- Iris Scheibl gave an update on the IG Committee meeting on February 18th, the status of the Ethics Commission, and current OIG findings
- Virginia Brooks talked about the Florida Family Policy Council Pro-Family Days at the Capitol (Tallahassee) on March 17-18. For more information go here.
- Fred Scheibl spent some time recounting the movement’s and group’s successes of 2010, the difficult year of 2012, and the challenges ahead for us in 2014. One bright spot in 2012 for which South Florida 912 and other grass-roots groups should take credit is that Romney got more votes in Palm Beach County than John McCain did in 2008. So our efforts made an impact – it wasn’t Palm Beach County where voters stayed home. In 2014, we have to win, and Fred listed a number of issues that could but we shouldn’t let divide us. We need to take back CD 18 and keep Governor Scott in office.
- Lynne Sherrer described the most recent REC meeting and factionalism in the local party.
- Shannon then led discussion in the room on how to overcome this when there are issues that attract single issue voters who will reject a conservative over differences on that single issue and stay home even though the liberal opponent will do nothing about their issue. Examples of such issues are Seven50, Common Core and Immigration.
- Candidate Alan Schlesinger, one of several running for CD 18, described how he is no longer seeking a political career (which he already had in CT), but is driven to run to preserve America as we know it. He also stated that throughout his political life, he does not pander to his audience but maintains consistent views to all to whom he speaks. He said that we may not all agree on each others positions, but that you will always know where he stands.
Shannon talked a bit about our March 13th 5th Anniversary Meeting – SAVE THE DATE – we’ll be at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Lake Worth. So even if you haven’t been at a meeting lately – come out for this important celebration!
Doreen Baxter did the drawing for door prize – another beautiful handiwork made by Doreen and Dennis Lipp. The meeting was over, but most stayed to discuss various issues with each other.
Some pictures from the event:
- Doug Armstrong
- Shannon Armstrong
- Dr. Richard Raborn
- Marianne Polulack
- Iris Scheibl
- Virginia Brooks
- Fred Scheibl
- Alan Schlesinger Candidate for CD18
As a constituent in your district, I strongly urge you to vote NO on the authorization for use of force in Syria, for the following reasons:
- The rationale for action is lacking moral authority. The stated premise for action is “punishment for use of chemical weapons”, “violating international norms”. But the arbiters of international norms are the United Nations, the ICC, or at least a consensus of the signers of the weapons treaties or a sizable consortium of global powers, not the President or Congress of the United States. It would be justifiable perhaps, if backed by the international community, not opposed by the UN, the Pope, the European Union, the Arab League, and others who more fully embrace “international norms”.
- Use of force in Syria is an act of aggression that will provoke a response. We must be prepared for whatever form that takes, be it terrorism at home, abduction of the children of diplomats and officials (as Iran has threatened), conflict with Russia who has warships in the area, or an attack on Israel. Taking action without the will, resources and assets in place to deter or counter such a response with overwhelming force would be irresponsible. Failure to deter or counter will only lead to more degradation of our influence in the world than this President has already caused. If the US attacks Syria, it must be willing to see the conflict through to a victory for our interests, otherwise there is much to lose.
- There is little downside for inaction. For Congress to not authorize force against Syria will not (as some have claimed) “weaken our ability to respond to other threats including the Iranian nuclear program”, if the vote is clearly limited to Syria and a vote of no-confidence in this President’s ability to conduct a limited military action.
- We are not sufficiently prepared for this action. The Obama military cuts, together with sequestration, have weakened our ability to act if the conflict escalates (as it likely will) beyond a “limited punitive strike”. Leaving Iraq without a residual force, the mis-adventure in Libya including the Benghazi debacle, bumbling our actions with respect to Egypt – all have weakened our credibility in the Arab world, making retaliation more likely and the effectiveness of a strike that leaves the Assad regime intact unlikely.
I am not an isolationist and believe that US military intervention when our national interest is clearly defined is justified and sometimes necessary. A successful intervention has a clearly defined policy goal, a definable and achievable military objective, a plan that provides sufficient resources to prevail, and indisputable political support both at home and abroad. This president’s wish to intervene in the Syria civil war passes none of these tests.
The November election, for which absentee voting has already started, has been described as the “most important of our lifetimes.” Can that really be the case? Are Obama and Romney that different?
Deficits, new entitlements, foreign policy mistakes, polarization, corruption – these have all happened when both parties have been in power. Jimmy Carter projected weakness and gave us the Iran hostage crisis, high unemployment and inflation. Ronald Reagan ended the cold war, but gave us Iran-Contra and failed to control spending. George H. W. Bush left Saddam Hussein in power and raised our taxes. Bill Clinton raised them higher and gave us continuous scandals while enjoying a comfortable economy fueled by the Internet boom. And George W. Bush brought us back from the brink of 9/11, but added a new entitlement, grew the deficit and bogged us down in two wars through his preemptive strike doctrine. What of our current President?
Barack Obama has said he wanted to “transform America” – and has begun to do so. He has rejected “American Exceptionalism” and apologizes for what he sees as our transgressions – racism, colonialism, exploitation of the poor, and destruction of the environment. In setting about to “right these wrongs”, no other President in our history has attempted to change the very essence of America in such a fundamental way.
Our vote in this election is a referendum on this transformation, and perhaps our only chance to accept or reject what will likely become permanent in a second Obama term.
Why has America “worked” for 236 years?
Our first founding document, the Declaration of Independence, created a basic framework – our “first principles”, if you will.
- We are endowed by our creator with “certain inalienable Rights”, and among them are “Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of happiness”
- Governments are instituted to protect these rights.
- Governments serve at the consent of the governed.
These principles of our founding have led to the basic characteristics of American life – that we have the freedom to make our own choices in life, that we have the right to own property, that we are guided by the rule of law not of men, and that we have the opportunity to rise to whatever level of society and wealth that our abilities permit. These characteristics have produced the world’s largest and most dynamic economy, equality of opportunity for all, and an immigration magnet that has drawn people to America from all over the globe.
With individual incentives to succeed, by making our own choices, creating our own wealth and keeping what we create, 300 million Americans exercising our own choices in pursuit of our own dreams create an environment that lifts us all, in ways that can’t be predicted. A few central planners, deciding what should be produced, the kinds of energy we are permitted to develop and use, how we can use our property, how our health care will be delivered – that sort of thinking is foreign to a successful, productive, innovative America.
Barack Obama is not the first to reject these positive forces as regressive and “unfair”. He is not the first to champion the “redistribution of wealth”, where the government takes from some through taxation and disburses to others it deems more worthy. He is not the first to use the force of government to intervene in the markets, picking winners and losers through crony capitalism where it is more important to have a good lobbyist than a good product or service. He is not the first to impose oppressive regulations through the EPA, the NLRB, the Interior and Energy departments, to stifle business growth and concentrate economic power in the hands of the state. He is the first American President in recent times though, to campaign on these principles as “fairness”, and castigate the producers and job creators as the enemy of the middle class, while encouraging dependence through unprecedented growth in the welfare state through food stamps, and the use of Social Security Disability as a kind of permanent unemployment insurance.
The President has been open about his plans and value system and there is very little left to the imagination. He actively promotes tax increases on the wealthy, limits on energy use through restricting permits and canceling the Keystone Pipeline, supports uneconomic enterprises like Solyndra, compromised religious freedom through the Obamacare contraception mandates, limited right-to-work laws by attacking the Boeing plant in South Carolina, and weakened property rights by intervening in the auto bailout to stiff the GM bondholders and Delphi pensioners. These are all detrimental to the economic engine that powers our success.
What has happened in the last four years and why has the economy not improved?
The Economic crisis of 2008: Preceded by the collapse of the housing bubble, itself precipitated by government intervention in markets (Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie/Freddie), global banks and investors were left with mortgage backed assets that were difficult to “mark to market” – precipitating a liquidity crisis. In response, TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was introduced. Supported by both sides as necessary to inject liquidity into markets and prevent them from grinding to a halt, some would say TARP accomplished its goal, although others complain that some banks should have been allowed to fail. In any case, TARP was implemented during the Bush Administration and had bi-partisan support. All the subsequent economic actions taken by Barack Obama were implemented against the wishes of the Republican minority.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: ARRA, (aka “the stimulus”) pumped over $700B into state and local governments to prevent layoffs of union employees, green energy companies like Solyndra, and projects favored by Democrat politicians for their districts. (Note – this is not to single out Democrats – many Republicans including Paul Ryan asked for and received stimulus money for their districts. Since the Democrat majority wrote the bill though, most of the money favored their interest groups.) One estimate puts the amount of the stimulus that went to “shovel ready” infrastructure jobs (roads and bridges, etc) at less than 5%. The ARRA bill had no Republican support in Congress. Since this money was new, off-budget spending, it did not come from tax receipts but was borrowed – much of it from China.
The Auto Bailout: The “managed bankruptcy” of GM and Chrysler turned much of the ownership over to the United Autoworkers Union, stiffed the bondholders who would have been favored in a conventional (ie. court managed) bankruptcy, erased the pensions of Delphi employees and other non-union workers, closed a large number of dealerships owned mostly by Republicans, and left the taxpayer on the hook for tens of billions even to this day. This also had little bipartisan support.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: PPACA, (aka “Obamacare”), was delegated to the Democrats in Congress to write, and they returned a 2400 page monstrosity that many on both sides of the aisle admitted they did not read. In spite of a full year of noisy opposition in town halls, large rallys in Washington DC, polls showing overwhelming opposition to the bills, and 100% Republican opposition in Congress, it was rammed through by using a reconciliation process after the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts took away their filibuster-proof majority. Burdening one sixth of the economy with what will become a command and control health care system, Obamacare has done more than any other action to inhibit businesses from expanding and hiring. It should be noted that other major entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security had broad bipartisan support for passage.
In other actions, Barack Obama:
- Reduced oil and gas leases on federal lands and offshore and blocked the Keystone Pipeline
- Promulgated EPA regulations that will make it impossible to build or maintain coal fired power plants
- Tried to prevent Boeing from building a plant in right-to-work South Carolina
- Served up 4 years of deficits exceeding a trillion dollars
- Raised the national debt to over 16 Trillion
- Passed Dodd/Frank – which enshrines “too big to fail” and makes it difficult for small regional banks to survive
- Grew the payroll of the Executive Branch by 25% to $177B in 2012
- Rescinded ‘welfare to work’ requirements, implemented the “Dream Act”, and a cybersecurity policy by executive order against the will of Congress
How does Mitt Romney Describe it?
In answer to a question during the second debate at Hofstra, this was Mitt Romney’s summation of the Obama record:
We can’t afford 4 more years like the last 4 years:
- He said by now unemployment would be at 5.4%, the difference from reality is 9 million Americans out of work
- He said he would reform medicare and social security because they are on the road to bankruptcy – he hasn’t even made a proposal
- He said he would put out an immigration plan to deal with our challenges – he didn’t even file one
- He said he’d cut in half the deficit – instead he doubled it
- He said families would see $2500 reduction in health care premiums – instead they went up by that much and full implementation of Obamacare will cost another $2500
- The middle class is getting crushed under a president who doesn’t know what it takes to get economy working again
- He claims creation of 5 million jobs – that’s after losing 5 million jobs – the number of people still looking for work is still 23 million
- One out of six people are in poverty, 32 million on foodstamps when he took office – now 47 million
- The economy is growing more slowly this year than last year, which was slower than the year before
- The policies he put in place – Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, tax policies, regulatory policies, have not let the economy take off and grow like it could have
- 5 million jobs doesn’t keep up with population growth, and the unemployment rate is down because people have left the workforce
- Obama is great speaker but has been unable to fix anything – cut the deficit, reform medicare and Social Security, or get rising incomes (down $4300 per family)
- This election is about who can get the middle class a bright and prosperous future
So why would Mitt Romney be a better choice?
You have heard the case AGAINST Barack Obama. Here is the case FOR Mitt Romney:
Experience and skills
- Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, successful even with an 83% Democrat legislature.
- Mitt Romney has been a successful Business Creator – both with Bain Capital itself as well as the many companies they helped start or recover.
- Mitt Romney is a Humanitarian, with a track record of good works at the local level through his church and personal philanthropy.
- Mitt Romney is a Problem Solver – he rescued the 2002 Olympics from bankruptcy and disaster.
Knowledge and worldview
- Mitt Romney understands and respects the founding, the unique nature of the country, our keys to success
- Mitt Romney had the proper reaction to the out of control debt and spending (“road to Greece”)
- Mitt Romney has clear and simple spending priorities – “Is it worth borrowing the money from China to do this?”
- In spite of months of negative ads from the Obama campaign casting Mitt Romney as a liar, a scoundrel, an out-of-touch plutocrat, a woman-hater, a racist and many other despicable things, he has continued to run a positive campaign and after the first debate where the country saw him for who his is, is now respected and trusted by a majority in the polls.
Time to Choose
It is time to choose. You may agree with my assessment of the choices or you may not. You may approve of the transformation that is taking place or you may oppose it strenuously. Or you may feel that economic recovery is the task before us, not transformation, and it should have been for the last 4 years. Keep in mind that elections have consequences, and some of them are world-changing. It is now in your hands. Please choose wisely.
Please get out and vote there are a number of primaries going on in our area that are Important.
If you need some help please check out the leaders pics on the main website at
get out there early and call a friend to keep them accountable to vote as well!
Coming next Monday night we are meeting to have an action and leadership committee sign up and commit to bring us forward to the election in Novemeber.
If you want to be a part of this please email me and I can send you the meeting info. It will be next Monday night at 7pm.
Any one willing to get active and committed to working hard thru this Novemeber election cycle please email me ASAP Shannon @Southflorida912.org
Vote and tell others on Facebook and Twitter!
Shannon and Doug Armstrong
The GOP Presidential Preference Primary is Tuesday, January 31st. You knew that – and now, if you’re like me and have put off your decision as long as you can, it’s time to Vote!
The Supervisor of Elections website has the precincts listed for this election. If you’re not certain about your precinct and can’t find your voter registration card, then look it up at the Precinct Finder. When in doubt, call the Supervisor of Elections, at (561) 656-6200. The polls are open from 7am to 7pm.
Remember (since it was in today’s paper as another ‘problem’ with Florida) – the only candidates of the many listed on the ballot still in the race are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Good luck to all of us!
Do you know for whom you’re going to vote for in the GOP Primary? Do you know why? How much do you really know about your candidate?
When: Tuesday January 10th 6:00 p.m Meet and Greet, 6:30-8:30 Program
Where: First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, 1101 South Flagler Drive
Moderator Brian Mudd
Our volunteers have researched the candidates’ policies. The campaigns have responded to questions about their candidates’ core values: such as Leadership, Character, Worldview, Quality of Solutions, and Governing Style, so we can get beneath the surface. There will be high-profile candidate surrogates at the forum to explain the answers and to answer your questions
The format will allow ample time to explore both core values and policy positions.
First take our survey – based on your current knowledge of the candidates. Then hear from the campaign surrogates as they present their candidates’ views, moderated by Brian Mudd, Program Director for WJNO and WBZT and co-host of the Palm Beaches Morning Rush, on Tuesday, January 10th at 6pm at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach at 1101 S Flagler. Pick up a copy of our short Voters’ Guide at our event and then check out the complete guide on our websites. Survey results will be presented at the end of the meeting.
Still feel the same about your candidate? Have a new one? In either case, help out the candidate of your choice during the final 3 weeks of the campaign leading to the GOP Presidential Primary on 1/31.
The event is free, donations are welcome. Bring your friends.
If you need additonal information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
South Florida 912 and the Palm Beach County Tea Party are jointly hosting a Presidential Preference Portfolio event for January 10 at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach on Flagler Drive. It will be moderated by Brian Mudd, Program Director 1290 WJNO & 1230 WBZT, Financial Analyst & Co-Host for The Palm Beaches Morning Rush.
The introduction of our 2012 Grassroots Presidential Preference Primary Voter’s Guide is a key part of preparation, and it will be made available at the event.
Each of the eight major Presidential campaigns are being asked to participate, and have been sent a series of questions designed to “get beyond the sound bites” and help us get to know the contenders on the basis of how they would approach the job, and how well suited to it they are.
The project has three parts – the questions, the event itself, and a member survey that asks each of us to score the candidates in the key areas of Leadership, Character, Worldview, Quality of Solutions, and Governing Style. The results of the survey will be included in the Voter’s Guide (available the night of the event), along with the candidate’s answers and our analysis of their policy positions. Following the event, after you have seen how they answered, we will ask you to take the survey a second time and we will record the changes (if any).
The Voter’s Guide will also have a section for the candidates policy positions, either provided by the campaigns or determined by our researchers from publically available campaign collateral and websites. Through this process, we hope to help you (and others who use our voter’s guide) to make an informed selection in the January 31 Florida Presidential Preference Primary.
We need your views of the candidates for the process. Please CLICK HERE to take the survey now. You must be logged in to register your results.
The 2012 Elections are both a referendum on the stewardship of Barack Obama, as well as a choice of what kind of country we are going to become. The Republican standard bearer will carry enormous responsibility to offer a compelling alternative to the progressive, anti-business, social-democratic future that the last 3 years has foreshadowed.
So much damage has been done to our country through enormous deficits, out of control spending, suffocating regulations, erosion of property rights and the rule of law, and a feckless and incoherent foreign policy, that stopping the damage is not enough. The next President must roll back the excesses of the past few years and restore our Republic to one of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.
It is a unique time. The country is gripped by fear and crushed by pessimism, yet we are yearning for leadership and open to new ideas. Not since the Carter Administration has there been such malaise, and polls show many think America’s best days are behind her and their children are destined to a lower standard of living and crushing debt. We fear our liberties are being eroded by a massive and growing federal government, that crony capitalism has corrupted the highest reaches of government, corporations and the banking system, that our traditional values of the family, the community, and the nation have been morphed into something unrecognizable. Yet there is some leadership to be seen away from Washington as the states press their case to overturn Obamacare and take the initiative on immigration policy from a failed federal bureaucracy. We as a people are resilient and capable, and will respond to a leader with bold new ideas and a commitment to fixing America.
The next President must have the right policy prescriptions for today’s known problems, and most of our candidates do, but that is not enough. Whoever assumes the position must also be able to meet and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead in an increasingly dangerous world, for a country left in a weakened state from fiscal irresponsibility, a decade of war, and a business sector left reeling from suffocating regulations and economic hardship that has led to the highest sustained level of unemployment since the Great Depression.
How can we determine who can carry this mantel?
We believe the qualifications of our champion can be found in five key dimensions:
- Leadership – who can inspire us to greatness? Who has the ability to clearly lay out the problem, communicate the urgency, convince us to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve success?
- Character – who can we trust? Who is loyal to their principles and their countrymen, respects others’ points of view, yet has the courage and confidence to make politically difficult choices?
- Worldview – who sees the world as we do? Who sees America as exceptional, its people capable and motivated, its strength in the individual efforts and decisions of the many,not the central wisdom of government?
- Quality of Solutions – who has proposed solutions that really get to the crux of the problem? Who understands that changes have consequences and can explain the broader ramifications of their tax plan or their entitlement reform proposals?
- Governing Style – who is likely to see their solutions implemented? How will they work with Congress, particularly the other party to form governing majorities on issues? Who can use their political capital and support from the voters to realize a mandate for change?
In order to explore these dimensions for each of the candidates, we have prepared the following set of questions. The campaigns have been asked to answer them both in an absolute sense as well as how their candidate’s values may differ from their competitors for the nomination. Obviously, there are no wrong answers, but their responses will help us understand them better.
a. What are the characteristics of a great leader?
b. What leader has most influenced you in your life?
c. In what leadership roles that you have held have you been most effective and whatdid you accomplish?
a. Some of the dimensions of character include trustworthiness, loyalty, warmth, respect, courage, and reverence. How do these attributes guide your behavior and how much do they influence your view of others?
b. Who was the major character influence in your life? How and why?
a. What do you see as America’s role in the world for the next 20 years?
b. What level of debt, deficit and taxation is “reasonable” and why?
c. What are the top 3 economic problems that “must be solved” to secure our future?
d. What are the top 3 foreign policy challenges of the next decade?
4. Quality of Solutions
a. Explain the major advantage and the most important side effects of your tax plan.
b. What is your “doctrine” regarding the intervention in foreign conflicts?
c. What should be “done” about the United Nations?
d. Close to 50% pay no income taxes – how do we change that?
5. Governing Style
a. How would your style differ from George Bush? From Barack Obama?
b. It is difficult for a President to “change Washington” – how will you work with the existing DC environment and avoid both frustration and/or corruption by it?
Policy positions on today’s key issues are also important, and we will attempt to profile each candidate based on their campaign collateral, public statements and debate performances. If a campaign wishes to specifically provide material to us on policy we will feature it in the assessment. The policy areas of interest are found in the following 10 questions:
- Tax Reform – what are the key aspects of the tax reform initiatives (if any) that you would attempt to implement if you become President?
- Spending and Deficit – Our $15T debt is the largest single threat to our institutions and our way of life. What are your top policy prescriptions to address this issue?
- Size of Government – the federal government has become a major factor in everything we do and would be unrecognizable to the founders. How will you “make Washington inconsequential in our lives?” What federal programs would you eliminate or turn over to the states?
- 10th Amendment – the states have asserted themselves in the last couple of years over immigration policy and health care. There are additional moves coming over EPA overreach, education and energy. Where would you draw the line between federal jurisdiction and that given to the states by the constitution?
- Health Care – Most agree that Obama care must be stopped and 26 states are taking their judicial challenge to the Supreme Court. A legislative solution is needed and there is some fear that the PACA has already made turning back the regulations almost impossible. What steps would you take to deal with this issue and what priority would you give it?
- Federal Regulations, EPA, NLRB, FCC – The Obama administration has greatly increased the regulatory assault on business and citizen alike. What can be done to reign in the entrenched bureaucracy and how will you approach this task?
- Trade policy, China – What is your position regarding fair trade with China concerning currency manipulation, intellectual property protection and dumping? Should our trade policy favor certain countries or regions or should we treat everyone equally? What do you see as the future of manufacturing in this country?
- United Nations, NATO, European Union – In what way would you change the relationship between the US and these organizations from what the current administration has done?
- Radical Islam, Arab Spring, Iran – Contrast your approach in these three areas to the Obama administration. What should be our future posture towards the emerging regimes in the middle east and Maghreb and how should we deal with Iran’s weapons program?
- Role of the Military – Our force composition has changed in response to the asymmetrical threats we face, yet our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has illuminated many shortcomings in regards to “nation building” projects. How does the military factor into your vision of America’s role in the world for the next decade and what changes would you make in structure, weapons systems and human resources in the military forces?