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Ross Perot on Homeland Security

1992 & 1996 Reform Party Nominee for President


1980s: Traveled to Vietnam in violation of the Logan Act

During the Reagan administration Perot traveled to Vietnam in violation of the Logan Act on a personal mission to locate 39 American POWs allegedly performing slave labor in Southeast Asia. When he returned empty-handed, Reagan refused to meet with him and pawned him off on his loyal vice president. Perot suggested that he might offer to buy all of Cam Ranh Bay as a form of ransom, or attempt to pay $1 million for each returned prisoner. Bush rejected both ideas. "Well, George, I go in looking for prisoners, but I spend all my time discovering the government has been moving drugs around the world and is involved in illegal arms deals," Perot alleged. "I can't get at the prisoners because of the corruption among our own covert people." He told the vice president that other officials around him were not corrupt but merely incompetent.
Source: Fortunate Son, by J.H.Hatfield, p.109 , Aug 17, 1999

Cut defense by $8B per year; economic security comes first

The defense budget can be cut by $40 billion over a five-year period. Nothing is more important that the security of our country. But our well-being now depends as much on economic security as on military security. We have the necessary troops and weapons ready to confront any serious threats to our national interests. We need to focus on the economic threat to our future.
Source: Not For Sale At Any Price, by Ross Perot, p.101 , Jul 2, 1993

Manufacturing industry needed for self-defense

Manufacturing is vitally important for this reason: without the ability to manufacture, the US cannot defend itself. Manufacturing is important because it provides the greatest number of high-paying US jobs. These are the types of jobs that US workers need if they are to buy a house, build a retirement nest egg, and create a better future for themselves.

It is just plain wrong to think that “progress” as a nation requires shifting from a manufacturing economy to a service economy.

Source: Save Your Job, Save Our Country, by Ross Perot, p. 28-9 , Jan 1, 1993

We can only be a superpower if we are an economic superpower

Q: Should American still be taxed to support 150,000 US troops in Europe?

BUSH: I think it is important that the US stay in Europe and continue to guarantee the peace. We simply cannot pull back.

PEROT: If I'm poor and you're rich and I can get you to defend me, that's good. But when the tables get turned, I ought to do my share. Right now we spend about $300 billion a year on defense. The Japanese spend around $30 billion in Asia. The Germans spend around $30 billion in Europe. The European Community is in a position to pay a lot more than they have in the past. We seem to have a desire to try to stay over there and control it. They don't want us to control it, very candidly. So it I think is very important for us to let them assume more and more of the burden and for us to bring that money back here and rebuild our infrastructure. Because we can only be a superpower if we are an economic superpower, and we can only be an economic superpower if we have a growing, expanding job base.

Source: The First Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debate , Oct 11, 1992

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