Trump vows to ‘rebuild’ military, in American Legion address

by FOXNews.com  |  published on September 1, 2016


Donald Trump vowed Thursday to “rebuild our depleted military” and ensure America’s soldiers are the best-equipped in the world as he addressed the American Legion’s annual convention – and sought to rebut Hillary Clinton’s suggestion to the same crowd a day earlier that he doesn’t believe America is “exceptional.”

Kicking off the address in Cincinnati, Ohio, by invoking his campaign slogan, “America First,” Trump tried to settle any doubts about his support for the Armed Forces. He called for a state-of-the-art missile defense, a “total reform” of the Veterans Affairs Department and a policy of “peace through strength.”

“Nobody will be able to compete with us,” Trump said.

His Democratic opponent a day earlier sought to deliver a hawkish message, calling the U.S. an “exceptional nation” and accusing Trump of thinking that approach is “insulting to the rest of the world.”

In his address, Trump renewed his call for an end to the “era of nation-building.” But he made clear that this approach does not mean letting down the country’s guard.

  • Bob

    As someone who lived thru this once before, I hope he is elected and does rebuild the Military. I joined right after Viet Nam and suffered through the Carter years. I saw first hand what drawing down the military by well intentioned, but ill prepared liberals can do to the morale and abilities of a military force. I lost people I served with at Desert One. I had been assigned to the 8th Marines in Beirut in the 80’s. And I was assigned to the 5th Marines during Desert Storm. I saw the problems we had with growing, equipping and training a Military after it had been torn apart by policies that were distinctly anti-Military following an unpopular war, just to have to relive it in the 90’s under another Clinton. And we can see it now with the policies of the current administration. We rely more on the ability of the Military to improvise than to be sure we have a properly equipped and trained force to do the jobs we put upon them. SECDEF Johnson, under Truman after WWII, bragged he was cutting the military “through the bone” and the result was a high casualty count to start the Korean War. Anti-military sentiments in the culture cause a drug addled, draftee heavy military that lost it’s soul in Viet Nam. SECDEF Les Aspin under Clinton told the Rangers in Mogadishu they needed to “go with what you have, not what you want” resulting in another embarrassment to the Military by an insurgent force. Nor were we ready to win the peace following the recent wars under Bush, but at least they didn’t pull the military out and allow the country to fall into disarray right when they were turning the corner for partisan political reasons. Those who do not learn from history are often doomed to repeat it.

  • ONTIME

    I do think that a rebuild of the military be among the 1st items, we are going to need it….the plight to regain the economy involves the downsizing of government to manage it and make it affordable and regain lost representation by removing progressive taxation and removing the yearly tax anxiety the left so dearly loves……and we had better look hard at water as infrastructure to be enhanced, stored and properly used if we want to survive….This government has mismanaged so much, created more damage than imaginable, it will be 10 years before we can get a good handle on the mental and physical state of the lefts dereliction…..

  • Walter Flatt

    I HOPE MY COMRADES IN THE AMERICAN LEGION BACKS TRUMP 100 PERCENT. HOW ANYONE COULD VOTE FOR HILLIARY IS BEYOND ME.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53, A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT BUT NOT A ZOMBI, AND A CHRISTIAN.

    THE GOVERNMENT PASSED A LAW IN 1952 BARRING ALL MUSLIMS NONE IS HERE LEGALLY AND THAT INCLUDE OBAMA A PROFESSED MUSLIM.

    IS HILLIARY ON DOPE? GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, NO AMERICAN, REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDENT, CHRISTIAN, COP, VETERN, SOLDIER, HOW COULD YPU POSSIBLE THINK SHE WOULD BE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY.

    HAS HILLARY AND OBAMA, KERRY, SOROS, AND THE BIASED MEDIA, SET THE USA UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION? IF NOT, YOU SHOULD READ THE WHYS BELOW AND DECIDE YOURSELF.

    COAT YOUR BULLETS WITH PIG GREASE OR BLOOD AND LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT ANY MUSLIM KILLED WILL BE BURIED WITH PIG PARTS.

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CAROLYN WALKER IN AS JUDGE IN THE 7TH MUNICIPAL DISTRICT IN BROOKLING USING THE QURAN. SHE SHOULD BE RECALLED IMMEDIATELLY.

    WHY ARE THEIR 5 MUSLIM CAMPS ONE AT FAIRFAX, FALLS CH, RED HOUSE, MEHERRIN, BETHANY VA. ARE THEY TO INVADE WASH.DC? YOU SHOULD FIND OUT.

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER FORCED TO FEED AND CLOTH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO KILL US.

    IF YOU WANT A LIST OF THE TOWNS THEY ARE CLOSE TO, CONTACT ME.

    SINCE OUR TROOPS ARE NOT ARMED, YOU CAN TAKE 100 WELL ARMED PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL US & TAKE ANY MILITARY BASE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    BETTER WAKE UP & ALLOW OUR TROOPS TO CARRY LOADED GUNS. TODAY OUR CAMPS ARE A FREE KILLING ZONE.

    WHY DO YOU THINK THE MUSLIM MAJOR KILLED SO MANY IN TEXAS & HE IS STILL LIVING???.WHY?

    I CALLED AND VERIFIED THE MUSLIM CAMP CLOSE TO FT. CAMPBELL & A LADY VERIFIED THE FEMA CAMP WITH ARMED GUARDS IN EAST KY. AND THE ONE IN SHAWNEE NATIONAL FORREST IN SOUTHERN ILL. FOR GODS SAKE AND OUR COUNTRY WAKE UP.

    WHY GIVE 5 TERRIOSTS FOR ONE TRAITOR. FOLKS IT GOES ON & ON, WAKE UP AMERICA.

    WHY GIVE 150 BILLION AND ANOTHER 400 MILLION TO IRAN TO FUND A HYDROGEN BOMB, AND TERRIOST?

    WHY STOP THE SHIPMENT OF PLANES & TANKS TO EGYPT WHEN THEIR ARMY KICKED THE RADICALS OUT. I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF WHYS, AND THERE ARE MORE, SUCH AS,

    WHY IS OBAMA & HILLARY TRYING TO BRING IN 160 THOUSAND MUSLIMS?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS

    WHY DID THEY TRY & BUY UP ALL AMM0

    WHY HAS OUR GOVERNMENT BUILT A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE. IS IT TO HOUSE MUSLIMS FOR THE TAX PAYER TO FEED?

    WHY HAS THIS GOVERNMENT ALLOWED 35 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE USA & ONE 9 MILES OVER IN MEXICO, FIVE ARE IN NORTH VIRGINIA. COULD IT BE TO TAKE WASHINGTON?

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES. COULD THIS BE THE REASON THEY WANT OPEN BORDERS. IS SHE ON DOPE? HOW CAN ANY CHRISTIAN, VET OR COP VOTE FOR ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

    VOTE DONALD TRUMP TO STOP THIS INSANE DESTROYING OF AMERICA.

  • bobnstuff

    Here’s a quiz for Mr. Trump.
    Who has the best military in the world right now?
    Who spends the most on the military?
    Who is getting new planes, Ships, tanks and vehicles?
    What country has changed how you fight a war by using drones?
    There is only one answer, America.
    Now why have we reduced the number of troops? Do you think that since we are not fighting any wars and have brought home a large number of troops we might not need as many right now.

    • Luke

      You have all the loony talking points I see.. but we cannot sink chinese ships with drones, old planes are being used to keep the old planes we have in the air, we don’t have enough planes to train new pilots which there is a shortage because no one wants to join the service ran by the loony demonrats who will let them die to protect their careers, our military has been hurt by the demonrats that hate them and for me I’m sick of the stinking liberals destroying their morale with rules of engagement..

      • bobnstuff
        • Rodney Steward

          What’s your plans for muslim attacks that are going to hit us real soon that your Prez. keeps bringing in and the ones coming across the borders! Our military has been crippled and down sized, and we’ve been set up by the White Mosque! With all the smoke that’s been blown up your butt by the Dem. Communist Party, sit back and watch, you’re in great hands!

          • bobnstuff

            Terrorists don’t sneak in across the borders or with refugees, the fly in to JFK or LAX. Our military are not permitted to operate in side the country anyway. The military cuts didn’t come from the White House, they came from the Pentagon and were caused of budget cuts in Congress. We cut our overseas deployment by 70,000 troops, we are not in a land war so we don’t need all those troops right now. The Republicans are complaining because their backers are not getting as much tax money as before. Hallibuton and companies like them aren’t getting those no bid contract. Also the Muslim are not going to attack the US, The only way we will fight them is if you go to them.

          • Rodney Steward

            The same thing Europe thought, now look at them!

          • bobnstuff

            Europe has had 11 attacks this year and 7 the year before. On a per capita bases they are still safer the we are. You are more likely to die in a plane crash then by terrorists. Out of over 500 million people they have had 136 deaths from terrorist.

          • Rodney Steward

            BOBBY, there was over a hundred in France in their first attack, they’ve had 3 more since then, this is not counting Germany, and England that never reports their murders! And you’ve not even mentioned the almost daily Rapes and beatings! You’ll get a first hand view before long, because America is considered their prize!

          • bobnstuff

            Go look it up. Remember the media that you don’t trust. Total deaths from terrorist over the last twenty years in Europe was around 500. over half have been in the last two years but you are in fact less likely to die from a terrorist in Europe then in the US.

          • Rodney Steward

            I don’t need to look it up, I keep up with it! Now your making more since, 500 in the last 20 years, and half (250) in the past 2 years, that’s more like it! I agree with that! And U admit that you’re more likely to get killed in America than in Europe by terrorist! If that’s the case, thank your President, and Hellary will be much worse on refugees coming in!

          • bobnstuff

            You are more likely to be struck by lightning twice then be killed by a terrorist in the US. You are four times more likely to be killed by the police then by terrorist in the US.

          • Rodney Steward

            But it’s coming, Obama has been setting this country up for 8 years now, and they’re just waiting for the word, U just wait and see!

        • robert sanders

          you really think OBAMA is going to pay for all this . Hes a coward and will not do anything about ISSIS why do you think he will do anything now . Our Military is in the Poorest condition now since the IRAQ war. That’s why my grandson got out because of OBAMAS bull crap. All these things you say we have will set in a ware house collecting RUST.

          • bobnstuff

            The President can’t pay for anything, it’s congress that spends the money. Do you want to send our military over to fight a civil war? You can send your grand childern first. Let them die in for nothing.

            I guess you have a short memory, we sent troops to war in vehicles with canvas doors.

            Your Grandson is out because he can now get a job that pays money instead of the poverty rate the military pays. I hope and pray that all those new weapons do sit and rust.

    • Rodney Steward

      When you’re having to take parts off old planes to keep our Air Force planes flying, I’d say we have a problem, I know, I have family in the AF, and 3 total in the military, and they all hate Obama and Hellary! China has the top military, then Russia, then sadly the U.S.! Between Hellary and Obama, they’ve sold out or country every way possible and that includes our military!

      • bobnstuff

        You don’t just run down to the store and buy a stealth bomber or a fighter jet. The F35 has just finishing testing and is ready to go into full production. It’s taken a long time to develop it and has gone through a lot of changes. It had it’s first flight in 2006 and is just now being excepted by the military. It one plane to be used by all the services. China has one aircraft carrier and no planes. Right now both Russia and China are in economic trouble and there is nothing like saber rattling to take a populations minds off of things.
        http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp
        Our Military is going through a lot of changes and more are on their way. Look at some of the cool things they are testing.
        http://www.hexapolis.com/2015/01/24/6-of-the-most-advanced-weapons-systems-being-tested-by-us-military/
        The days of grunt in the military are coming to an end. Just like in manufacturing low skill people are losing their spot and tech is taking over. If you want to sell anything to the military it has to be high tech even if the high tech stuff isn’t needed. The Abrams is a classic example.The Army bought a tank that their mechanics didn’t know how to fix. it took a while for the motor pool to catch up. The next generation is ten time more high tech. Don’t let anyone tell you our military isn’t the strongest on earth.

  • Lorraine E

    I sure do hope that the votes of our Best and Bravest soldiers will be counted in this year’s election. In prior years the democrats always found excuses to not count them because our military usually supports those who are working for them.

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