Maturity, Experience, Knowledge, and Leadership Required – Volume # I Global Thinking
I fear for our Nation and local communities. My fear arises from witnessing inexperience and naivety. As we watch the perfectly predicable Afghanistan withdrawal, immaturity and lack of experience increase the risk to America. In May of 2022, my oldest son will take the oath of office as he begins his military career. A sacred oath he will not violate. Preventing the commitment of our National Treasures from a naive uninformed point of view is why I'm running for Congress. As a combat-tested veteran and father of a son entering the military, I refuse to accept anything less than a well-tested and experienced representative.
Achieving America's interests around the globe while protecting the local interests of the hard-working men and women of Western North Carolina requires men and women with clear minds, a laser focus, and steady hands. America is at a no-fail tipping point; we need leaders who can think globally with local values guiding their decisions. The 2018 Doha Taliban Negotiations created an environment tying our Nation's success to the Taliban's cooperation. My thought process is informed from a position of knowledge and experience; I was on the ground in Afghanistan feeding information to the U.S. team executing the Doha Peace Talks.
Incoherent and poorly thought out Taliban Rants serve no purpose as 15 service members paid the supreme sacrifice. At a minimum, know the enemy, Sun Tzu, The Art of War, "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." I know both!
Making sound, experienced, and informed decisions is my pledge. Our children deserve no less. As your WNC-11 candidate of choice, I will work hard every day for WNC. I will not endorse spending our National Treasures on conflicts with no task, purpose, or achievable end state. I will not support the use of taxes to fund, equip, train, and abandon equipment to fall into terrorist hands. In addition to maturity, experience, knowledge, and leadership, I have a clear mind, laser focus, and steady hands.