Ted Koehl, Hayes, Virginia asks:
Ms. Fiorina: Thank you for the opportunity to ask you questions. I like the way you have thought and responded to media questions on your feet. I especially like that you have taken the fight to Ms. Clinton et al. We need more Republicans to fight! What will you try to do in regards to the very real threat of radical Islam? In the US? And in our foreign interests?
Ted, what a great question, and you’re right, we do need a fighter at so many levels. We need a fighter of the status quo in Washington, D.C. and a fighter against ISIS overseas. I would do very specific things immediately.
One, I would call a Camp David Summit with our Arab allies, not to talk them into a bad deal with Iran as President Obama did, but to ask them what they need from us to win this fight against ISIS. I start there because I know all of our Arab allies and their leaders and I know, for example, that King Abdullah of Jordan, who is fighting ISIS as we speak, has asked us for bombs and materiel. We haven’t provided them. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years, we haven’t done so. The Egyptians have been asking us to share intelligence; they also are fighting ISIS as we speak. And so we need to equip our Arab allies to win this fight with support and leadership and resolve. And I would do so.
Secondly, consistent with what we were talking about with immigration, we really need to know who’s coming in and out of this country. We have refugee programs today where people are coming from some of these same war-torn nations where we know there are ISIS sympathizers and we really don’t know who’s coming in and we’re not tracking them in this nation.
And finally, of course, we have to use every tool at our disposal to identify those people in this nation who may be ISIS sympathizers and who may be getting radicalized as we speak over the Web. Finally, we need a president in the White House who understands technology, because we’re going to have to use technology in a far smarter way both to push back against those who are recruiting Americans, as well as to push back against a variety of adversaries who are using technology as a weapon against us.
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