Statements about Military
"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."
"Before President Obama acted in Libya in 2011, the American people were opposed to military action by 35 to 60. After he took action, they were in support of it 54 to 43."
Chemical weapons have been used "probably 20 times" since the Persian Gulf War.
Says there's a "100-year-old international norm not to use chemical weapons."
"The House did vote against engagement in Kosovo, and Bill Clinton kept fighting anyway. And, then, ultimately, a vote did pass."
Fleeing Syria, "a million children are now refugees."
Says Houston National Cemetery is preventing Christian prayers from being said at military funerals.
"The FL Guard has defended our freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq, and put their lives at risk; now the fed govt is going to cut their pay 20%."
"The United States has never stood by and seen innocent people slaughtered to the extent that's happening in Syria."
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