Statements about Military

Says Barack Obama is the only American president who has not visited the D-Day Monument in Normandy on D-Day.

Before the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, "the State Department not only failed to honor repeated requests for additional security, but instead actually reduced security in Libya."  

President Barack Obama’s budget threatens national security by proposing "an Army of fewer personnel than we had before Pearl Harbor."

"More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before."

"The U.S. spends more money on its military than the 16 biggest military budgets in the world" combined.

"When people enter the service, there’s not a mental health evaluation."

This is the first time since World War II that five nuclear-powered aircraft carriers were docked together.

"22 Countries Invaded by the U.S. in 20 Years."

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate approved a bill "denying veterans the right to recover their medical costs for cancers they developed while serving their country."

After Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008, the U.S. sent a "very strong message" to Vladimir Putin by sending "warships to the Black Sea" and airlifting "combat troops that Georgia had in Afghanistan" back to Georgia.

"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.

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