... Ted Cruz recently put forward his own plan for rebuilding the military. Unlike Trump, Cruz has offered a clear, ambitious plan for rebuilding U.S. defense capability and has criticized the growing culture of “political correctness” at the Pentagon.
In a speech last month, Cruz outlined his vision: “I am confident that if we put in the hard work, we can, as Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s, rebuild our military so it will be so feared by our enemies and trusted by our allies that…we won’t have to use it.”
|LINK: Ted Cruz Outlines Plan to Strengthen Military|
More spending? You bet. Cruz plans to ramp up defense spending to at least 4% of GDP from 3.2% now. If his plan had been put in place, it would have meant $712 billion in spending last year, compared to the $583 actually spent.
Cruz, who has been criticized for past votes on defense, unveiled his sweeping modernization plan on board the World War II aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown. The symbolism was telling.
“If you think it’s too expensive to defend this nation, try not defending it,” he said. Cruz’s plan would boost total active-duty troop strength from the current 1.32 million to 1.4 million.
But that wouldn’t be all.
“We need to develop new, more effective kill vehicles and expand the missile defense network to better protect the entire country from any rogue, accidental or systemic ballistic missile attack,” Cruz said.
At the same time, however, he has pledged not to involve the U.S. in protracted conflicts on foreign soil, once rebuilt.
“We should use overwhelming force, kill the enemy, and then get the heck out,” is how he described what his defense policy would look like during the eighth Republican presidential primary debate.
So, bigger, stronger, scarier, but focused more narrowly on U.S. national interests, less on nation-building and hand-holding diplomacy — or as Cruz himself put it, an “America-first foreign policy” focused on “keeping this country safe.” ...Read about Trump's and Rubio's Plans and the rest of this 3 Part article HERE.
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