Clinton and Trump Speak at Commander-in-Chief Forum

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Both presidential candidates were questioned by Matt Lauer of NBC at a commander-in-chief forum on Wednesday night. The audience was composed of U.S. military veterans and questions were centered on the VA, American involvement in the Iraq War and Libya, and how both candidates would lead the military.

Clinton and Trump both said the U.S. should have stayed out of the war in Iraq. Clinton admitted she had made a mistake by initially supporting it. Clinton was questioned about her use of a non-secure email server and recent statements about misunderstanding the “C” in classified documents. She defended her actions by saying the classified header was missing. This was the third different explanation she has given in the past few days.

Trump spoke about getting rid of ineffective generals and appointing new ones, suggesting that under Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, they have been “reduced to rubble.” He was recently endorsed by 88 retired high-ranking military officials who cited Trump’s commitment to rebuild the military, secure the borders, defeat ISIS and restore law and order.

Trump used a campaign speech earlier this week to unveil his plan for boosting defense spending and rebuilding the military:

-Ask military generals to present a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS
-Ask Congress to eliminate the defense sequester which affects spending
-Build an active Army of about 540,000
-Build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions
-Build a Navy nearing 350 surface ships and submarines
-Build an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft
-Develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system

Trump plans on paying for the increase military spending by cutting waste and streamlining government bureaucracy.

Why this Matters: Trump previously said he had a plan to defeat ISIS, but now says he will consult with generals first. He also loosely supported the Iraq War when it started in 2003, then walked that back in 2004. To be fair, he was a businessman at the time, and did not have access to the kind of information that Clinton had as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Clinton kept up her strategy of making excuses for her lack of commitment to national security by using an unsecured server and ignoring the meaning of “classified” information.

News Briefs

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  • A Russian Su-30MK2 Flanker fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine jet over the Black Sea on Wednesday. U.S. officials report that the aircraft came within 10 feet of each other.
  • Seven Iranian boats pestered a U.S. naval destroyer in the Central Arabian Gulf on Sunday. One patrol boat went in front of destroyer and stopped, forcing the destroyer to take evasive action.

Both of these actions are a sign of contempt for America.

Continue praying for God to guide our nation and to expose coverups and plots that would cause us harm. May everything that is hidden be revealed and may our light as believers shine in every dark place.

1 Cor. 4:5 – Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

 

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