On September 11, 2001, our nation suffered the greatest attack on the homeland since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.  The threat posed by Islamic terrorism and the nations that support it cannot be taken lightly.  I am proud to have supported actions that make sure that we are taking the fight to those who would destroy us rather than waiting passively for that fight to come to us.  I am proud to have led against failed policies that treat terrorism as a simple law enforcement problem.  This is an attitude that we cannot afford when our enemies seek to launch nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks on citizens in their homes.

Nothing makes me prouder than the brave men and women who serve, and have served, to protect our national security and advance the cause of freedom. They are fighting valiantly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world, and our freedom and peace at home depend on the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces.

We must maintain a strong national defense and continue to win the war on terrorism, sustaining current military readiness, transforming the way the nation defends itself, and enhancing American intelligence capabilities. Our military is the strongest in the world, and we should give our troops the resources they need.  For those troops who have concluded their service, I am committed to ensuring that we provide for the health of our veterans, especially those with service-related disabilities and those who the Department of Veteran Affairs can assist.