Presidential Hopefuls on U.S. Security

Matthew Harwood

Presidential hopefuls Senator Barak Obama (D-IL) and the former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney each made news yesterday offering how they would improve the security of the United States.

At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Romney took shots at the Department of Homeland Security saying it was inefficient and that it needed to be restructured. He said if elected president, he would, according to the Associated Press, make it "smaller, simpler and smarter." Another change Romney would make is switch DHS's emphasis from first response to prevention through intelligence.

But Obama, looking to brandish his national security credentials, made waves in his second major foreign policy address at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, telling the crowd he would order attacks on al Qaeda in Pakistan, with or without Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's approval, if there was actionable intelligence. Obama said he would also withdraw troops from Iraq so the United States could concentrate on the defeating the Taliban and al Qaeda in the lawless zones throughout Afghanistan and the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan.


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