Defending America

veteransWe must maintain a strong defense, and it distresses me that there seems to be a new attitude that America should apologize for its actions. I do not favor closing Guantanamo Bay, and I am troubled by efforts to try terrorists in criminal courts. I thought the handling of the interrogation of the Christmas Day bomber in Detroit was shameful. What newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said on Election Night was artful in its simplicity: "In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them."

We must focus on efforts to tailor our foreign policy in ways that ensure our security and help with our longstanding goal of spreading democracy. And we cannot go soft here at home, and must be vigilant so incidents like the Christmas Day flight and the shootings at Ft. Hood can be averted. We also must not lose sight of the dangers that face our brave men and women in uniform, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I pray for their safe return.

It is our responsibility to make sure that our troops have all they need, on the field and after they leave our Armed Forces. I am committed to making sure that veterans' benefits are provided through legislation that focuses on prohibiting increases in deductibles, co-payments, and premiums, as well delivering these services in a timely and efficient manner.

Finally, we can't ignore the security of our borders. With the current economic crisis, rising unemployment, and a lack of available credit, countless Americans are being forced to think about job security more seriously than they most likely ever have before. At the same time, we are left with the lingering challenge of reforming our immigration system. I do not support illegal immigration, and I oppose amnesty for those who came here illegally.

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