The United States' armed forces have been the guardian of freedom throughout the world for decades. The rise of radical Islam in recent years has brought a new threat to America. Steve Pearce believes we must maintain a strong military that continues to be second to none. There is no doubt that our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have had problems and that mistakes have been made. Pearce supported the surge in Iraq that has led to the stabilization of that country and has opened the way for an intelligent draw down of American troops. He will also support the opinions of the generals on the ground in Afghanistan as they work toward a solution in that important battleground in the War on Terror.