AS the election of 2020 draws closer and some people still are not sure who they will vote for (doubt that assumption but I can hope) so I try to help all those uncommitted voters learn the issues and where the two stand…..
My main concern is foreign policy and that will include defense and national security issues as well….this post will look at where Trump/Biden stand on these issues.
U.S. President Donald Trump: The Trump administration has withdrawn the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and (almost) the 1992 Open Skies Treaty. It has loosened the Missile Technology Control Regime’s restrictions on selling armed drones to foreign governments amid concerns about China’s defense relationships in the Middle East. As of press time, administration officials have been unwilling to extend the 2010 New START nuclear pact with Russia, which expires in February, insisting that a new version include Russia’s growing arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons and China, whose smaller arsenal is rapidly expanding and which appears unwilling to sign such an agreement.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden: Favored by arms control advocates, Biden has promised to renew New START and would likely accept Russia’s offer to extend it five years without preconditions. He also said he would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal if it returned to full compliance described in the agreement. While Trump has loosened restrictions on the use of landmines by the U.S. military in conflict areas, Biden has said the move unnecessarily puts civilians at risk and that he would reverse it.
Defense News has taken a look at both candidates and positions…..the subjects covered by Defense News…
Nuclear Weapons…..Defense Budget…..Afghanistan, Iraq And Iran…..Arm Sales…..NATO And Europe…..Great Power Competition…..
These are subjects that need to be addressed by the candidates….but since both are too busy trying to make the other look bad…..
I like Biden on nuclear weapons
I dislike both Trump and Biden’s stand on the defense budget
I like Trump’s stand on bringing troops home…just not convinced he will do it after election. Biden will end wars but leave troops in place….what part of that is the end? Don’t like Biden’s explanation.
Dislike Trump’s selling arms to anybody with a checkbook….and Biden has not said a whole lot so none of his thoughts are up for analysis.
I like Biden’s idea of repairing alliances but not any expansion of NATO.
Both are on record as a extreme dislike for China but all they have is sanctions and stuff……not going to change a damn thing.
As you can see why I have a dilemma since foreign policy is a major driving force in my vote…..for neither candidate impresses me with a hard good agenda in world affairs.
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