In Speech to Veterans At VFW Hall in Dayton, Strickland Outlines Policies to Tackle National Security Challenges
DAYTON, OH — Today, Ted Strickland announced the third policy proposal of his Ohio Families First Plan: Defeating Terrorism and Keeping Americans Safe.The proposal highlights initiatives that Strickland will support in the U.S. Senate in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations abroad and protect America’s homeland and domestic security.
Strickland detailed his proposal during a speech to veterans, residents and community leaders in Dayton at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9936. The initiative is the third in a series of policy proposals that will be introduced throughout the campaign. Previously, Strickland announced his Plan to Ensure Retirement Security and his Plan to Bring Economic Fairness for the Middle Class.
"Nothing is more important to me than keeping Americans safe from terrorism — and to do that we need to be both tough and smart,” said Ted Strickland. "In the U.S. Senate, I will focus on defeating ISIS abroad and preventing them from attacking us on our soil. As we take the fight to ISIS we must intensify our airstrikes and use of targeted special forces, improve our intelligence efforts, lead a new offensive against ISIS online, and push our local partners like Saudi Arabia to take more responsibility for the stability of their own region. Simultaneously, we need to strengthen America’s domestic security and stop ISIS from infiltrating our country by funding the Department of Homeland Security, increasing intelligence sharing and coordination across all levels of our government, and requiring oversight and evaluation of our visa and visa waver processes. Some of the things we can do to keep our country safer are just common sense — like stopping those on the Terrorist Watch List from getting a weapon or requiring senators on the Homeland Security Committee to actually attend the majority of their hearings. Our country has the tools and determination to defeat this enemy, but what we need is leaders who will never put the politics of Washington over America’s safety. Those are the values I’ve always been guided by, and those are the values I’ll bring to defeating ISIS and protecting America in the U.S. Senate.”
Yesterday, Strickland also announced his support for the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow the victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia or other foreign state sponsors of terrorism for any role state officials played in the terrorism attack and called for the declassification of 28 secret pages from the 9/11 congressional inquiry, potentially detailing Saudi connections to the attackers.
Strickland’s plan focuses on two key policy areas:
Defeating ISIS and Terrorism Abroad. Strickland understands that ISIS is an incredibly serious threat and is committed to finding them wherever they are and taking strong, concrete action to defeat them. An intensified effort to defeat ISIS should include: increasing airstrikes and drone strikes to take out more ISIS leaders and destroy more of its assets; the use of U.S. special forces in targeted and tactical operations; improving our intelligence efforts and coordination with allies; attacking ISIS online to disrupt their capabilities and counter their propaganda; and pushing our local partners like Saudi Arabia to take responsibility for the stability of their own region. Strickland also believes that the U.S. Senate has a responsibility to pass an updated and specific Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to convey our clear intent to both the international community and to the American people about our commitment to defeating ISIS.
Protecting Our Homeland and Domestic Security. Strickland is committed to stopping ISIS from infiltrating our country and attacking our homeland. That means ensuring the Department of Homeland Security has the funding they need to operate at full strength; improving information sharing and coordination amongst all levels of government; and requiring evaluation and oversight of our visa and visa waiver processes to ensure our immigration system is addressing this threat and responding to changing circumstances. Strickland also supports requiring the Department of Homeland Security to send agents to high-risk areas overseas where terrorist activity is a concern, where these agents can do advanced screening of visa applicants from the ground, gather early biometric data, and increase intelligence sharing with our regional allies. In the U.S. Senate, Strickland will also support legislation to stop suspected terrorists from buying weapons, and will push to require senators on the Homeland Security Committee to attend the majority of their hearings — unlike Senator Portman who skipped 72 percent of his Homeland Security hearings. Strickland also believes we must work with the American Muslim community to combat radicalization and stand up to offensive language or rhetoric that plays into ISIS’s strategy.