National Defense and Military

The US has the greatest military in the world, and we must recognize our military's contributions both during service and after our troops come back home. I have traveled regularly to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet with our troops and to thank them for their honorable service.

My assignment to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including as Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, uniquely enables me to engage in dialogue with leaders from all over the world, including foreign Ambassadors, Secretaries of State, Heads of State, and counter-terrorism officials, on matters that relate to national security. I believe that the US must protect its citizens and their freedom at home and abroad. A strong national defense is essential to securing our homeland and we must be prepared for the many threats that our enemies pose. The US must remain engaged and prepared to fight terrorists, an unconventional enemy, and we must do more to ensure that those Benedict Arnolds who have turned against America and joined the ranks of foreign terrorist armies are prohibited from reentering the U.S., captured and brought to justice. I have introduced legislation (H.R. 237) to authorize the revocation or denial of passports to Americans who have gone overseas to join foreign terrorist organizations.

Since 2003, thirty-seven brave men and women from my district have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope that you will take a moment to view my "In Memoriam"  page where you will find pictures and stories about all of the heroes who laid down their lives in order to protect ours. I am very proud of the call to service shown by Texans in our Armed Forces. When our nation finds difficult times, brave Texans are always the first to volunteer. Just like during the battle for Texas' independence, it is this fighting spirit and love of country that will enable us to prevail in this contest as well.