“Americans should recognize the limitations…to influence the final outcome in [Arab] societies”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"U.S. policy toward these nations should support the democratic aspirations of the Arab Spring while maintaining continued Middle East stability. Ultimately, however, Americans should recognize the limitations on the United States’ ability to influence the final outcome in these societies, and U.S. policymakers should anticipate a variety of outcomes in these countries, including the possibility of the emergence of governments that are less receptive to U.S. interests than might be hoped, and plan for such contingencies accordingly."

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“The Egyptians, Libyans, and Tunisians are to be commended for throwing off…authoritarian rule.”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"The Egyptians, Libyans, and Tunisians are to be commended for throwing off the yoke of authoritarian rule they have endured for decades. America now watches with great expectation as their Syrian brethren challenge Bashar Al-Assad’s brutal regime.  Yet, we should be cautious in our optimism about the future of such societies."

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“I cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“There is another advantage to a more judicious approach toward foreign entanglements. It helps prevent our military from being stretched too thin, and unable to effectively respond to a direct security threat – either to America, or one of our allies. This includes standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel as they manage a host of new challenges brought on by the Arab Spring, along with more familiar challenges, such as a hostile Iran, which will continue to be a transcendent challenge of the next decade. I cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran. If you want an example of when I...

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“Our presence [in Afghanistan] should not focus on nation building…”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“The Soviets were there for nine years before they left with over 14,000 dead. They tried to crush the Afghans with pure power—aerial bombing and strafing and helicopter gunships and tanks. We have been there ten years and are taking a different approach. We are nation building. Our presence there should not focus on nation building, however, but rather on counterterrorism. We cannot social engineer other countries. We can't even social engineer our own inner cities. It is cultural arrogance to think we can make tribal leaders into democratic leaders. It is wishful thinking to believe that our troops, by...

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“The Palestintians…lost confidence in…our ability to lead.”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“In just the last few weeks, we saw the Palestinians make an end-run around the American-led peace process, because they lost confidence in it, and in our ability to lead.”

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“Free education and medical care to illegal immigrants…must not be tolerated…”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"While the federal government neglects its constitutional responsibility to protect our borders, it continues to push mandates on the states to provide free education and medical care to illegal immigrants at a time when the states are drowning in debt.   This must not be tolerated any longer."

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“The United States should not pressure Israel to negotiate with terrorists…”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

The foundation of a successful U.S. policy in the Middle East rests upon a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.   The U.S. and Israel share a special bond rooted in history and solidified over more than five decades of partnership.  The nation of Israel itself, of course, lives in a turbulent region.  An enduring peace that protects and promotes Israel’s interest remains a priority.  While an Israeli state and a Palestinian state existing peacefully side-by-side may be an appropriate aspiration, we must ensure our efforts to achieve that outcome advance Israel’s security, not threaten it.  The United States should not pressure Israel to negotiate with...

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“...deploy thousands of National Guardsmen to the border…”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Perry will deploy thousands of National Guardsmen to the border until a sufficient number of border patrol agents can be hired and trained. He will order federal officials to expedite construction of strategic fencing, especially in high traffic areas where manpower alone is insufficient to do the job. And he will make greater use of unmanned aerial assets to gather reliable, real-time intelligence that law enforcement can immediately act upon."

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“...Substantially increase manpower, technology and fencing along the border…”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"As president, Perry will substantially increase manpower, technology and fencing along the border to protect the American homeland and stop illegal immigration. This strategy has proven effective in Texas, where Gov. Perry has directed nearly $400 million in state tax dollars to do the federal government’s job of securing the border."

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“A system has to be established [with] legality but no citizenship for those with deep ties…”

Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"We must reconcile the goal of legality with the reality that there are millions of immigrants currently here outside the law, some with a long set of family and community ties, and some with no ties. A system has to be established that establishes legality but no citizenship for those with deep ties, repatriates those with no family or community ties in a dignified way, and quickly sends home those who have committed criminal and other destructive acts."

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