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Santa Clara County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
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Homeland Security and Iraq

By Charel Winston

Candidate for United States Representative; District 16

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We must secure our homeland and our foreign policy must be inclusive, building ties in order to further our security.
Homeland security: It is nothing short of appalling that five years after 9/11, the U.S. Government still has not implemented most of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. We must secure our borders, implement a national railway, port, and transit security plan, end the practice of using DHS funding for pork barrel spending that fails to address homeland security threats, address the communication and interoperability problems that continue to plague intelligence and emergency response operations, adequately fund FEMA and restore it to a Cabinet level post.

Iraq: Similarly with respect to Iraq, we must bring our troops home! Preventing another Vietnam debacle demands an inclusive foreign policy for an immediate and forceful collective security agreement to secure the borders and eliminate the insurgency. The U.S. military has already achieved its objective--defeating Saddam's Army. Now, we must accelerate our re-building efforts within Iraq, re-engage the international community in the reconstruction effort, and commit to a realistic timetable for re-deploying U.S. troops to reduce the suspicion that is fueling insurgent violence and civil war.

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