By BRIAN A. HOWEY
N.C. - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence forcefully waded into foreign policy at
CPAC’s Reagan Dinner Friday evening. With Hoosier humanitarian aid worker Peter
Kassig a victim of “Jihad John’s” murderous knife, Pence said, "Mr.
President, 'Jihadi John' doesn't want a job. He wants to see paradise
and I think we should help him get there as quickly as possible."
Pence made the comment a day after an Indianapolis TV station reported that an ISIS affiliated member had been detained by police nearby Indianapolis International Airport on the day President Obama was in the city, speaking at Ivy Tech.
invoked President Reagan, a personal hero, early in his speech. “While
the challenges we face are daunting, the choices we must make to meet
them are not,” Pence said. “Fifty years ago the namesake of this dinner
gave birth to our movement with his iconic “Time for Choosing” speech.
Today we have come to another time for choosing. You either choose to
view America as the shining city on the hill that inspires the best in
all mankind, or you don’t. You either want America to stand by her
friends and stand up to her enemies or you don’t. You either are for
limiting the power of the federal government, or you are not. You either
are for protecting the unborn and the religious liberty of every
American, or you aren’t.”
Pence continued, “First, let’s
recognize that 2016 could be the first foreign policy national election
since 1980. The world seems to become more dangerous by the day. Sadly,
the administration has reduced our Army to its smallest size since 1940.
The Navy has fewer ships than at any time since 1916, and our Air Force
has its smallest tactical fighter force in history. History teaches
that you cannot reduce our military strength without provoking our
enemies. Weakness arouses evil. As we speak, ISIS is setting up
franchises across the Middle East and is on the offensive across the