Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Brownback Confident Trump Not Soft on Terror

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Brownback Confident Trump Not Soft on Terror

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Gov. Sam Brownback is convinced New York billionaire Donald Trump possesses fortitude absent in U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to mount a coarse offensive against international terrorists.

"I do," the second-term Republican governor said. "But, I think, we as a country have to decide. This isn't necessarily about who's president. It's about a country deciding to go on offense and deal with it."

Brownback, who crossed paths with Clinton from 2001 to 2011 while both served in the U.S. Senate, said the United States must undertake a potent military, communications and financial campaign against Islamic State militants. He said dark times required dedication of an American president to deliver potent responses to butchers orchestrating terrorist attacks.

Carnage in Brussels last week and Paris in November, the governor said, exemplify consequences of unwillingness by President Barack Obama and others to replicate the approach taken by President George W. Bush in wake of mayhem on Sept. 11, 2001. Hijackers took control of four commercial jets, and resulting crashes killed thousands in Pennsylvania, New York City, and Washington, D.C. In 2003, Bush launched the "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq.

"You have to get much more aggressive in dealing with this," Brownback said. "You go in and try to disrupt the headquarters, disrupt the communications and the financial flow of resources."

He argued the administration of President Bill Clinton responded meekly to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which killed six people; the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, killing more than 200; and the 2000 assault on the USS Cole that killed 17.

"You don't sit back and take it," Brownback said. "Prior to 9/ 11, we sat back and took a number of hits. If you don't have appropriate responses, then you get 9/11."

In 1998, Clinton authorized cruise missile strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan in reply to the embassy attacks in Africa. …

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