[The 31.Aug'12 version of the source page (see URL) is essentially the same as this previous version, except that the theme paragraphs have been reordered and some text slightly altered.]
One of my priorities is to uphold our most enduring principles, while protecting America from those who threaten our freedoms. I believe we must be tough and smart not only about today's challenges, such as terrorism and homeland security, but also about emerging threats, such as nuclear terrorism. If we keep our country strong with sensible policies to create energy independence and economic competitiveness, we will be in a stronger position to confront whatever national security challenges come our way.
America's Military: Honor our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, as well as the families that support them. We need to recognize the sacrifices our troops and their families have made and show them our respect and gratitude by ensuring that both active service members and veterans have access to appropriate healthcare services. As a physician, I know the enormous strain multiple deployments can place on our troops' bodies and minds, so we should ensure we meet our obligation by making healthcare, mental health services, family support programs and educational opportunities readily available.
Energy Independence: Energy independence is central to our national security. High oil prices help fund al Qaeda and aid brutal regimes like Iran. By relying on foreign oil, we fund the same extremists our military is fighting. We do not have enough oil in the United States to drill our way out of our dependence on foreign oil. Transitioning to renewable power will both create jobs and enhance our national security, and I will ensure that northern California is a part of this march toward progress. If you'd like to learn more about this critical issue please take a moment to read my Energy Plan, available here.
Economic Competitiveness: A stronger, more sustainable economy is critical for national security. A vibrant American economy means more effective American leadership in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. It also translates into stronger relationships with allies and trading partners and greater capacity to address emerging conflicts. We must work towards re-tooling our 21st century economy through reinvestment in R&D, renewable energy, public education, workforce training, job creation, and enhanced access to capital for small businesses. California, despite the current tough times, still leads the world in many ways, and the Sacramento region should be a big part of the effort to ensure our continued competitiveness.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation: The greatest single security threat to the United States is nuclear terrorism. The United States needs to use its intelligence and military capabilities to make sure al Qaeda does not get its hands on nuclear weapons. Our country must support efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons and technology to ensure that "loose nukes" don't fall into the wrong hands. In the long run, America is best served in a world free of nuclear weapons, a bipartisan goal supported by both Presidents Reagan and Obama. In the meantime, as long as nuclear weapons remain a reality, the United States will maintain a powerful nuclear deterrent to protect our allies and to discourage other countries from starting a nuclear arms race. While we need to keep all of our options on the table, the best option to deter and contain these threats is a full-scale diplomatic offensive, led by our President, and working in conjunction with our partners around the world.
Homeland Security: Vigorously protect the United States from terrorism and natural disasters. We must make sure that our intelligence and law enforcement assets have the resources they need to keep us safe from terrorism. American security also means protecting ourselves during natural disasters, such as flooding and wild fires. We must continue to engage all levels of government and the private sector in our efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all threats against our security.
Terrorism: Secure America and destroy terrorist organizations. America is leading the world in dismantling terrorist cells and training facilities, and stopping terrorism before it starts. We will use the full force of our military and intelligence capabilities and cooperate with allies to disrupt the global terror infrastructure and financing networks.