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Don't reduce funds for State Department nor reduce diplomacy

My time in the military affects my view of how we prosecute the War on Terror, of how we view the military and how we view diplomacy in so many ways.

Let me bring up a couple things that jump to mind right away. One of them is the importance of diplomacy. It troubles me a lot when we hear leaders talk about reducing funds for the State Department or reducing diplomacy in the name of serving soldiers or of national defense. I've seen the consequences of full-on military conflict, and I know that good diplomacy can reduce the number of deployments, it can reduce the length of deployments, and it can save American lives. We do soldiers a disservice when we try to underplay the importance of diplomacy.

When leadership doesn't stand up for those American values, for using force when necessary, but using it appropriately within the confines of the law, it really undermines the values that we went to war for. That troubles me a lot.

Source: The Nashville Scene on 2020 Tennessee Senate race , Nov 9, 2017

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