Issue Position: National Security and Iraq
Kay believes that the first job of government is keeping the American people safe, and ensuring that we have strong intelligence and homeland security agencies. Kay believes the decision to invade Iraq without a plan, without the proper number of troops, and without proper equipment to keep our troops safe was mismanagement of the highest order. She supports a responsible withdrawal so that we can re-focus our national security efforts on defeating al Qaeda, improving our country's reputation around the world and rebuilding our military strength.
Since the beginning of the Iraq war, our intelligence agencies have reported, the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 have regained their strength and safe haven, the Taliban has rebounded, and our military is stretched dangerously thin and unable to adequately respond to needs in Afghanistan and other threats. We need to insist on accountability from the Iraqi people and push for more diplomacy with other countries in the region and around the world. America needs cooperation to defeat terrorism, keep nuclear weapons out of our enemies' hands, and combat other security threats.
Kay also knows we need to make sure North Carolina is prepared to respond to emergencies and natural disasters. We need more funding so first responders will have the equipment and training they need to do their jobs. She will also fight to bring the National Guard home from Iraq so they are ready to meet North Carolina's needs.