According to Osama Bin Laden’s “letter to America” (Laden, 2002), he, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and others had begun striking out at American entities some years before September 11, 2001. His stated intention and that of his followers was – and is – to destroy America if Americans refuse to convert to Islam.
America had apparently been ‘at war’ for some time prior to 911, but most Americans weren’t aware of it. There is no choice but to defend our nation and citizenry.
‘Dakotans for Honesty in Politics’ supports the American military and the defense of our country. We support equitable pay and benefits to our soldiers on active duty, including adequate health, education, and other benefits. Our soldiers should never be put in harm’s way without the resources and authority to defend themselves.
We support a National Missile Defense System to protect American citizens. We also oppose any treaty restricting America’s ability to protect itself from attack.
American troops should not be used as world policemen. UN combat operations should be a multi-national coalition. Where US forces are committed in UN combat operations, the United States should retain ultimate command of its forces.