Military & Foreign Policy

Military Credibility is Required to Maintain Our Superpower Status

We must ensure that America remains the world’s superpower. Our military must be powerful enough that we rarely need to use it. And, our credibility and resolve must be unquestioned.

These days, when our political leaders cavalierly declare “red lines,” other countries are quick to call their bluff. We should not threaten military action unless we mean it, and when military action comes, it must be overwhelming. Our military must at all times be prepared for war in order to deter attacks and encourage peace.

Along with maintaining an unparalleled military capability, we must invest in protection of our homeland, by making vitally important upgrades to the electric grid and cyber networks. America must stay a step ahead of our enemies who are forever plotting new ways to destroy our way of life.

Our Military is for Fighting Wars, not Nation Building

That said, since 9/11, America has squandered trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives in misguided foreign wars based on utopian ideas of reshaping the Middle East. Afghanistan is not Japan or Germany, and it never will be. Different countries have different cultures and traditions. It is pure hubris to presume we can force other countries to conform to our model of liberal democracy. While we must protect America’s vital interests overseas, we should not be in the business of nation building.

Only Congress, not the President, can Declare War

Further, Congress, and not the President, is vested by the Constitution with the power to declare war. This makes sense, because our military is made up of ordinary citizens, who are our friends and family members. The grave decision whether to project military force must be the choice of the people’s representatives, who must then answer directly to their constituents back home.

When Barack Obama threatened to escalate our military involvement in Syria, the public outcry against squandering more blood and treasure in the Middle East was tangible, and Congress refused to authorize that war. Now, with President Trump making similar overtures, threatening the possibility of involving our troops in other foreign civil wars in which the United States has no vital interest, Congress, especially Republicans, must stand firm in opposition.

You Have Choices. Choose Ameer Benno for Congress

Because we live in this great country, we can make changes. We can elect someone who will tackle the causes we believe in. Someone who realizes the importance of having a strong military that is ready to fight but also knows that fighting is not always appropriate. When it is, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. I am that someone.

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