John Kerry has criticized an order by the Pentagon that will require soldiers to stay in the military (past their obligations) if their units are ordered to Iraq or Afghanistan: “They have effectively used a stop-loss policy as a backdoor draft.”
Kerry has also offered up some clear military policy distinctions between himself and the President. Examples:
- The focus on state sponsorship: “From day one, this administration has been obsessed with threats from other states instead of opening their eyes to the perils of the new century — terrorist organizations with or without ties to rogue nations and failed states.”
- Kerry is against the plans to build a missile defense system: “Not only is it not ready, but it’s the wrong priority for a war on terror where the enemy strikes with a bomb in the back of a truck, or a vial of anthrax in a suitcase.”
- Kerry wants to double the number of Special Forces.
- Modernize the National Guard and focus their efforts on homeland security.