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Issue Position: Tell the Truth About National Security

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Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based on timeless American principles.

Sound policies to keep Americans safe

1. Understand our enemies and tell the truth about them. We are engaged in a long war against radical Islamism, a belief system adhered to by a small minority of Muslims but nonetheless a powerful and organized ideology within Islamic thought that is totally incompatible with the modern world.
2. Think big. America currently lacks a unified grand strategy for defeating radical Islamism. The result is that we currently view Iraq, Afghanistan, and the many other danger spots of the globe as if they are isolated, independent situations. Only a grand strategy for marginalizing, isolating, and defeating radical Islamists across the world will lead to victory.
3. Know our values. America's foreign policy must begin by understanding who we are as a country. We are, as Ronald Reagan said, the world's "abiding alternative to tyranny." Therefore, America's foreign policy must be to ensure our own survival and protect those who share our values.
4. Military force must be used judiciously and with clear, obtainable objectives understood by Congress.
5. Implement an American Energy Plan to reduce the world's dependence on oil from dangerous and unstable countries, especially in the Middle East.
6. Secure the border to prevent terrorist organizations from sneaking agents and weapons into the United States.
7. Incentivize math and science education in America to ensure the men and women of our Armed Forces always have the most advanced and powerful weapons in the world at their disposal.


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