Statements about Military

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."

The problem of unwanted sexual contacts in the military "is not just a woman's issue. More than half of the victims are men."

"We had people that were getting killed (in Benghazi), we had people who are willing to risk their lives to go save them, and somebody told them to stand down."

North Korea has a "substantial standing army, one of the largest, certainly the largest per capita, in the world."

Says only about 250 Texans have been killed in action since 9/11.

"Pentagon confirms they may court martial soldiers who hold Christian faith."

The U.S. Army had a training program that put "evangelical Christians, Catholics and Mormons in the same category of religious extremism as we do al-Qaida."

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