Statements about Military
"It isn't me cutting the budget. It's the Congress' decision on sequestration. So it isn't secretary of defense or the president doing this."
"The Russians didn’t wear uniforms when they came in" to Ukraine.
"Crimea became part of Ukraine only in 1954. Crimea was historically part of Russia, and (Nikita) Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in a gesture that mystified some people."
Crimea was part of Russia "until 1954, when it was given to the Soviet Republic of the Ukraine."
Seventy-five percent of the young adults in this country are not mentally or physically fit to serve.
"More than 40,000 troops are still stationed in Afghanistan with no clear objective. Even in the best case, by the end of the year at least 10,000 American soldiers will still be on the ground."
On foreign policy, Joe Biden was against aid for Vietnam, said the fall of the Shah was "a step forward" for human rights in Iran, opposed Reagan's defense build-up and voted against the first Gulf War.
Members of the military don’t "contribute toward their pension."
"The reason we have a national debt is not because of defense spending. What is driving our long-term debt are Medicare and Social Security programs."
The U.S. Department of Defense spends $80 million a year on prostate cancer research, $25 million a year on ovarian cancer research and $150 million a year on breast cancer research.
Says the Obama administration is handing out a pamphlet titled, "What To Do When The Veteran In Your Classroom Attempts A Mass Shooting"
"Soldiers Donating to Tea Party Now Face Punishment Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice."
On responding to chemical weapon use in Syria
"There are still tens of thousands of missing service members from previous and current conflicts that our nation is working to find and repatriate."
If the government shuts down, "all military personnel will continue to serve and accrue pay but will not actually be paid until appropriations are available."
Says he "opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq" in 2003.
President Barack Obama "had the legal authority" to strike Syria without a vote from Congress.
The United Nations has conducted "172 successful peacekeeping missions and negotiations."
In the event of a U.S. strike on Syria, "the Russians will replace the weapons immediately. They’ve said it on the record. They’ve suggested they might even replace it with better stuff."
"We've seen priests beheaded by the Islamic rebels on the other side. We've also seen an Islamic rebel eating the heart of a soldier."
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