Tom Troy, toledoblade.com
Republican presidential candidate speaks on national security
Kasich image from articleExcerpt:
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich advocated today for an aggressive foreign policy that would unapologetically trumpet “Judeo-Christian values” to reassert the leadership of the West and stand with America’s traditional allies, including Europe, Japan, and South Korea.
Mr. Kasich, the governor of Ohio and one of a crowded field of candidates for the 2016 GOP nomination, gave what his campaign called a major national security speech at the National Press Club in Washington.
He said he would create an agency whose job would be to promote American values to counter the attraction that extremists’ ideas seem to be exerting.
“U.S. Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting have lost their focus on the case for Western values and ideals and effectively countering opponents' propaganda and disinformation. I will consolidate them into a new agency that has a clear mandate to promote the core Judaeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share,” Mr. Kasich said. He said those are human rights, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association.
“In this vacuum of values, is it any wonder that we see bright, educated young people abandoning the West for the meaning they think they see in the extremists’ cause?” he said. ...