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Vice President (and Republican Presidential candidate) Parker holds a foreign policy town hall in the same city the Veterans' convention he addressed earlier in the day. Most of the attendees can be assumed to be Veterans.

 

After I got done speaking earlier, it occurred to me you all may have additional or followup questions on what we want to do in the area of foreign policy. The only qualification is that I won't be able to address specific issues the Administration is currently facing. So. Who has the first question?

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A man stood up to ask a question. He had graying hair, a camo jacket, and a cap that said 'Gulf War Vet', he spoke:

How would you, as president, negotiate with North Korea to halt their research and development of WMDs? Would you consider exercising force?

Edited by Lewis North
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America provides great benefits for those in the military; however, after they leave, these brave men and women are often forgotten about.  What are you willing to do to help veterans?

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Mr. Parker,

The United States currently has more than 800 military bases in more than 70 countries. We're not an empire and the American public doesn't want to be one after so many long and costly engagements in the Middle East. Will you close foreign bases and bring the troops home?

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14 hours ago, Lewis North said:

A man stood up to ask a question. He had graying hair, a camo jacket, and a cap that said 'Gulf War Vet', he spoke:

How would you, as president, negotiate with North Korea to halt their research and development of WMDs? Would you consider exercising force?

(Time for one at lunch. I'll get the rest tonight. )

Thanks for the question. I mentioned the Pacific Partnership for Peace earlier,  and reigonal negotiations facilitated through the PPP are worth going with. Another idea I have had is clandestine radio broadcasts like the old Radio Free Europe to educate the plain people in North Korea that the West is not evil. That said, the use of force is a consideration that has to be based on current events; if events made that a consideration I would certainly give it due consideration. 

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19 hours ago, Doomhammer said:

America provides great benefits for those in the military; however, after they leave, these brave men and women are often forgotten about.  What are you willing to do to help veterans?

Thanks for the question.  There's a bill on the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program in Congress I like, and the Department of Labor has a State grant called, inventively enough,  the Jobs for Vets State Grant. I would like more funding to get more "vet reps" as they used to be called into more American Job Centers, both the Veterans Employment Reps and  Veterans Outreach Specialists. That's just a few thoughts on what we can do for those who have worn the Country's cloth.

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18 hours ago, Phillip Huffines said:

Mr. Parker,

The United States currently has more than 800 military bases in more than 70 countries. We're not an empire and the American public doesn't want to be one after so many long and costly engagements in the Middle East. Will you close foreign bases and bring the troops home?

I appreciate the candor. I have to say, though,  that there's a lot more to the world than the Middle East . We DO have a lot of forward-deployed military assets, to be sure, but it's just not responsible to completely withdraw from the world. Last time we did that, the League of Nations wasn't powerful enough to stop Hitler or the Japanese.  We DO,  however, have a Base Realignment and Closure Commission that has realigned and closed hundreds of bases over the last few decades. For examples,  the old Naval Station Alameda is now an industrial park and Naval Air Station Atlanta was transferred to the National Guard. 

 

Next question?

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14 minutes ago, David Parker said:

I appreciate the candor. I have to say, though,  that there's a lot more to the world than the Middle East . We DO have a lot of forward-deployed military assets, to be sure, but it's just not responsible to completely withdraw from the world. Last time we did that, the League of Nations wasn't powerful enough to stop Hitler or the Japanese.  We DO,  however, have a Base Realignment and Closure Commission that has realigned and closed hundreds of bases over the last few decades. For examples,  the old Naval Station Alameda is now an industrial park and Naval Air Station Atlanta was transferred to the National Guard. 

 

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Mr. Parker,

Why is the world our responsibility? Haven't we intruded on the sovereignty of enough foreign nations? This doesn't seem like what the founders intended for our nation whatsoever.

Edited by Phillip Huffines

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53 minutes ago, Phillip Huffines said:

Mr. Parker,

Why is the world our responsibility? Haven't we intruded on the sovereignty of enough foreign nations? This doesn't seem like what the founders intended for our nation whatsoever.

Well, I may be old fashioned,  but I still believe in American Exceptionalism. We've been blessed with a lot in this Country,  and what kind of stewards would we be if we just said, "us four and no more?" Freedom is not an American gift to the world. 

 

Says somewhere else,  too, that evil triumphs when good people do nothing. may just have to disagree,  but I still think America has been one of the greatest influences for positive Good in modern history. 

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On 5/21/2018 at 5:28 PM, David Parker said:

Well, I may be old fashioned,  but I still believe in American Exceptionalism. We've been blessed with a lot in this Country,  and what kind of stewards would we be if we just said, "us four and no more?" Freedom is not an American gift to the world. 

 

Says somewhere else,  too, that evil triumphs when good people do nothing. may just have to disagree,  but I still think America has been one of the greatest influences for positive Good in modern history. 

 

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