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Chris Christie

Wants to expand military, toughen terror laws

18 May, 2015

Christie delivers a foreign policy themed speech in Portsmouth Navel Shipyard, New Hampshire calling for a stronger military. His plan calls for growing the military to 500,000 Army soldiers and 185,000 Marines, and increasing the size of the Navy fleet to 350 ships from the current 260 ships, and increases to the size of the Air Force.

President Reagan once said that ‘above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have.

He also calls for tougher anti-terror laws, stronger surveillance program, increasing military spending and its worldwide presence.

Too often, the loudest voices in the debate about how to keep our country safe are driven by some purist, theoretical vision of how we should manage our intelligence efforts. When Edward Snowden revealed our intelligence secrets to the world in 2013, civil liberties extremists seized that moment to advance their own narrow agenda. They want you to think that there’s a government spook listening in every time you pick up the phone or Skype with your grandkids. Let me be clear – all these fears are exaggerated and ridiculous.