I would like to replace the current foreign policy with a message of strength, purpose, strategy and peaceful dealings with our foreign partners and adversaries.
It is time for a new foundation with a fresh strategy to make America first, secure and prosperous for all American people.
We have a lot to be proud of with major accomplishments from putting nazism at bay to recovering from a world financial crisis during the past administration.
Then we saved the world again, this time from totalitarian Communism. The Cold War lasted for decades, but we won.
Democrats and Republicans working together in our military and corporations to fight back and to repair so that we may continue our earned freedom in America.
We must not allow history to repeat itself with weak foreign policies and a broken foundation.
Unfortunately, after the Cold War, our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense.
Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, and this led to one foreign policy disaster after another such as NAFTA which displaced many quality US manufacturing plants and labor to Mexico while their less skilled came here.
We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos, and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper.
It all began with the simplistic idea that we could impose our Western ideologies on other countries with no interest in our democracies other than to gain prosperity through our weaknesses. Thousands of American lives, and many trillions of dollars, were lost as a result.
Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster with no vision, no purpose, no direction, no strategy. It comes down to that simple flight instruction; we must put on our own air-mask before we can help others.
I want to present five main weaknesses in our foreign policy.
First, Our Resources Are Overextended
President Obama weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders.
Our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now approaching $1 trillion a year. We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own.
Ending the theft of American jobs will give us the resources we need to rebuild our military and regain our financial independence and strength.
Our current Senators from California do not seem to be in touch with this concept.
Secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share.
Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so. They look at the United States as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us.
In NATO, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries, besides America, are spending the minimum required 2% of GDP on defense.
We have spent trillions of dollars over time – on planes, missiles, ships, equipment – building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia. The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense – and, if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.
The whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security.
As Senator, I will support a strategic alliance that is properly armed and pays its fair share.
Thirdly, our foreign alliances are beginning to think they can’t depend on us.
We’ve had a President who dislikes our foreign partners and bows to our enemies.
He negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms, even before the ink was dry.
Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and I will support our administration on never allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon.
The Iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table out of fear and weakness.
President Obama gutted our missile defense program, then abandoned our missile defense plans with Poland and the Czech Republic.
He supported the ouster of a friendly regime in Egypt that had a longstanding peace treaty with Israel – and then helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in its place
President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power in the Middle East – all at the expense of Israel, our other allies in the region and, critically, the United States.
We have not kept our promises on agreements with our foreign allies and they are loosing trust in our performance.
As Senator, I will strongly support regions of emerging commitment that provide a better diplomatic situation for America first and our foreign partners second as agreed.
Fourth, our rivals no longer respect us.
In fact, they are just as confused as our allies, but an even bigger problem is that they don’t take us seriously any more.
When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, no leader was there to meet or greet him – perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and prestigious history of Air Force One.
Then, amazingly, the same thing happened in Saudi Arabia — it’s called no respect and with out respect you have no foundation to grow on.
President Obama watched helplessly as North Korea increases its aggression and expands even further with its nuclear reach.
China to continues its economic assault on American jobs and wealth. New trade rules must be put in place and enforced trade rules in order to rein in China and North Korea.
China has stolen government secrets with cyber attacks and engaged in industrial espionage against the United States and its companies because of our weak technical infrastructure in our antiquated government systems.
We’ve let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything.
As your newly elected Senator, having grown up in the forefront of California’s technical boom, I understanding the current threats by foreign cyber-warfare and need for rapid technical upgrades. I also side with the President for stronger foreign trade policies with countries such as China that attempt to weaken the US dollar in the scheme of international trade.
Finally, America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals.
Since the end of the Cold War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy.
One day we’re bombing Libya and getting rid of a dictator to foster democracy for civilians, the next day we are watching the same civilians suffer while that country falls apart.
We’re a humanitarian nation. But the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray.
We have made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before.
We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.
Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS and we’re in a war against radical Islam at a time when Americans are torn on acceptance of the reality of the danger.
And now ISIS is making millions of dollars a week selling Libyan oil.
As your new Senator, I will support the new pipeline projects to gain back our strength in domestic oil production with the use of American Steel and laborers to gain back our own energy independence by providing a lower reliance on foreign oil and Chinese Steel.
I will support change when I am a US Senator.
America will BE STRONG again with a new rational American foreign policy formed by the best minds and supported by both parties, as well as by our close allies.
The foreign policy I support will restrict the spread of radical Islamic terrorism by working with the President and other nations that are threatened by the rise of radical Islamic terrorism to create “Peace through Strength” throughout the middle east. This includes strong support for arming the Kurds and other moderate Arab factions who are currently engaged in controlling ISIS for control of the middle east.
The struggle against radical Islam terrorism also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens more.
We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies and take the necessary measure and time to restructure our immigration policies and enforcement of laws.
I support President Trump’s tactical military planning strategy; it must remain secret prior to it’s execution. Keeping the plans close to the vest prevents any chance of retaliation.
We must rebuild our military and our economy to be stronger than the growing Chinese and Russian military.
Our nuclear weapons arsenal – our ultimate deterrent – has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal.
Our active duty armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today.
The Navy has shrunk from over 500 ships to 272 ships during that time.
The Air Force is about 1/3 smaller than 1991. Pilots are flying B-52s in combat missions today which are older than most people in America.
Our military is depleted, and we’re asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming instead of our countries safety.
I support spending what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned. It is apparent how important this is when you look at the small country of England compared to their grand world leadership all based on their early military strength.
We are also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again – and to put Americans first again. This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenue and increase our economic strength as a nation.
We need to think smarter about areas where our technological superiority and potential gives us an edge. We need to put all of our American young men with technical skills in gaming, artificial intelligence and cyber-warfare that are out of jobs back to work in roles of cyber-safety.
I support President Trump’s initiative to allow Veterans to seek care anywhere they like and I support giving back to our service men and women the best care in the world when they return as Veterans to civilian life. I also support additional funding for PTSD research and support for Veterans who served our nation.
Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests.
A business does not succeed when it gives away it’s products and service and a country will not succeed when it is only buying and not selling. Prosperity is the influence of continuation in business so, we must treat America with that same philosophy.
Freedom in America comes with a price. That price is being strong enough to stand up for our great country first above all others to continue our freedom, civil liberties and prosperity.
Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests first.
In the Middle East, our goals must be to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be clear-sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies.
And we must only be generous to those that prove they are our allies.
We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, France, Sweden and Germany for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism.
Fixing our relations with China is another important step towards a prosperous century. China respects strength, and by letting them take advantage of us economically, we have lost all of their respect. We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit we must find a way, quickly, to balance. A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China. We can both benefit or we can both go our separate ways.
I support a re-balancing of our NATO financial commitments and with our Asian allies with new strategies that are more beneficial to Americans.
The best way to achieve those goals is through a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy with the focus on peace and prosperity, not war and destruction.
Finally, I will vote to support reinvigorate Western values and institutions instead of trying to spread “universal values” that not everyone shares. We should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.
I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, can support, and which our allies will respect and welcome.
To achieve these goals, Americans must be strong, have confidence in their country and its leadership again.
Strength in our unity as Americans can make this the most peaceful and prosperous time the world has ever known.
For U.S. Senate 2018