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CHARLESTON, S.C. â?? Jeb Bush plans to use a lengthy-scheduled speech at the Citadel on Wednesday to outline his vision for overhauling the nation’s military and responding to the increasing threat of the Islamic State.
“As we gather these days, we do so with memories fresh from the atrocities in Paris,” Mr. Bush will say, according to prepared remarks supplied by his campaign. “This brutal savagery is a reminder of what is at stake in this election. We are deciding on the leader of the free of charge planet. And if these attacks remind us of something, it is that we are living in significant occasions that call for severe leadership.”
Mr. Bush has been struggling to achieve traction in polls in early nominating states, but the speech, aides hope, will permit him to cast himself â?? in contrast to Donald J. Trump and Ben Carson, two political outsiders who lead in the national polls â?? as a serious candidate for critical instances, with a proven record of fixing items.
Mr. Bush will reiterate a doctrine of “peace by way of strength,” popularized beneath President Ronald Reagan, a hero of numerous Republicans, and get in touch with for undoing the $ 1 trillion in defense cuts, recognized as sequestration. He will advocate increasing the size of the Army by 40,000 soldiers, and increasing the Marine Corps by four,000 Marines.
“Our armed forces want to know that assistance for the military is not an additional partisan situation, and that their commander in chief is not just an additional politician,” he will say. “In each and every circumstance, against every attempt to shortchange our military, our troops want to be specific that the commander in chief has their back.”
Mr. Bush will also contact for addressing the underlying conflicts in Iraq and Syria. On Sunday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he mentioned that the United States “should declare war” on ISIS.
But such calls are politically tricky for Mr. Bush, whose candidacy is viewed by numerous voters by way of the lens of his father and brother prior to him, both former presidents. His brother, George W. Bush, invaded Iraq in 2003 right after the attacks of Sept. 11, and lost public help as the conflict dragged on.
Jeb Bush has struggled to respond to criticism about his brother’s foreign policy, although when he rolled out a list of foreign policy advisers in February, it included a lot of aides from the administrations of both his father and brother.
His speech at the Citadel, a state-supported military college, will also lean on the Paris attacks final week, to produce a sense of urgency for the require for a commander in chief ready to lead the military in the 21st century.
“As we gather right now, in the aftermath of the bloodshed in Paris, let it be mentioned that this generation knew the cost of war, but also knew the even greater price of acquiescence to an enemy with which there is no coexistence,” he will conclude. “Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We canâ??t withdraw from this threat, nor negotiate with it. We have but one choice: to defeat It.”
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