Jim Banks Supports a Strong National Defense

A strong national defense is a deterrent to those who seek to do us and our allies harm, yet the current administration in Washington has done more to weaken our military and our reputation of might and strength than any administration in modern history.  Jim Banks is uniquely qualified to serve as our next Congressman and work toward rebuilding American greatness at home and abroad, making our military mighty again and projecting strength rather than weakness to our enemies. 

Jim Banks has always had tremendous respect for those who serve to defend our country. Northeast Indiana has a strong history of military service and a strong and robust history of supporting a strong national defense, both in terms of manpower and material support. Indiana’s Third District needs a congressman who understands the nature of this sacrifice.

Reservists from around our region are increasingly called upon to serve abroad. Our air guard unit has transitioned to new fighter jets twice in the last decade because of the quality of our personnel at the 122nd Fighter Wing stationed at the Fort Wayne Air Guard base. As our national defense becomes increasingly reliant on the reserves and the guard to supplant the full-time military, policymakers who understand the toll that additional reliance takes on their personnel, their families and their employers are critical if rational policy decisions can be expected from Washington, D.C.

Under President Obama our foreign policy has done little to recognize the important role of traditional allies, going so far as to having his campaign operatives work (unsuccessfully) to defeat leaders who oppose their views in countries like Israel. Our allies in Western Europe are threatened by an unstable and resurgent Russian military; our allies in the Far East are under economic and military threat by an increasingly unstable Chinese economy and unpredictable dictator in North Korea. Jim was quick to share his disappointment with President Obama over the nuclear arms deal with Iran and hopes that we'll put American interests first when negotiating future agreements.

While we must always be prepared to defend our national interests, a strong foreign policy that establishes American strength abroad without seeking involvement in unnecessary conflicts is vital to ensure that brave Americans are not unnecessarily placed at risk. 

There are only 25 Members of Congress who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. If you’d like to help make Jim number 26 so he can stand strong for us in Washington, you can sign-up to join Team Banks here.