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  1. The U.S. cannot survive another four years of the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton regime.
  2. Americans must step back and realize that an effective foreign policy is very difficult to devise, and we must present a united front to make it work.
  3. Governing has always been hard.
  4. A real possibility exists that we will be forced to confront, contain, and ultimately defeat radicalism and al-Qaeda alone, or at least with far fewer allies in the region than we had before.
  5. Radical jihadists hate Americans for who we are. They cannot be managed. They cannot be trusted. Engaging them is a tragic fool’s errand. We need to realize that they are at war with us and that we cannot control their motivations. We instead need to confront them, contain them, and ultimately defeat them before they defeat us.
  6. The U.S. should prohibit perpetrators and supporters of Islamist brutality from entering the country while embracing advocates for religious freedom. End of story.
  7. Decisions concerning covert actions are not often easily reached.
  8. Both Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama pursued policies of regime change after 9/11 — with Bush removing al-Qaida’s safe haven in Afghanistan and the sadistic anti-American dictator Saddam Hussein in Iraq — but Obama took it a step further and disregarded regional stability as a guiding factor for U.S. policy.
  9. It seems that whenever America faced a challenge, it faced it and overcame it.
  10. I’m not OK with clergy, students, and those of different opinions lying and expressing hateful speech in the name of love, but again, it is their constitutional right. I’m not OK with their conduct, but in America we tolerate it, as obnoxious and spiteful as it may be.
  11. Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the radical Islamist mullahs ruling Iran share many similarities, but honesty and negotiating in good faith are not among them.
  12. The answer as to why ISIS gained power and influence, and why stability in the Middle East has disastrously deteriorated, does not require extensive analysis.
  13. ISIS filled the vacuum in Iraq and Syria created by a lack of effective governance.
  14. Good governance requires working toward common ground. It isn’t easy.
  15. Clinton appears to be the sole holdout in the Obama administration in understanding the catastrophe caused by its foreign policy in Libya.
  16. Briefly after the 9/11 attacks, Republicans and Democrats were united in identifying the evil of the radical jihadists and fighting it.
  17. Belonging to the Gang of Eight carries massive responsibility in representing all 435 members of the legislature in very sensitive national security exercises.
  18. The danger of having the military take over intelligence is that the military has a very different perspective on the world.
  19. The media should probe and challenge candidates to help voters understand their views on foreign policy. Questions should include, ‘What lessons have you learned from past foreign policy decisions? How will they shape your vision as commander in chief? What is America’s role in the world?’

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