Friday, September 16, 2016 – Today in the Omaha World Herald, Brad Ashford and his campaign once again tried to explain away his inconsistent pattern on votes concerning national security. Ashford admits to changing his mind on GTMO. While he now supports keeping it open, his campaign has stated that the previous votes for keeping GTMO “went too far” – the usual Ashford contradictory statements.
FACT: Brad Ashford claimed that we have “turned the tide” against ISIS. This statement was published on the same day that 49 Americans were killed by a homegrown terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS. Later that same week, CIA Director John Brennan described ISIS as a “formidable, resilient and largely cohesive enemy” whose numbers “far exceed what al Qaeda had at its height.” He also went on to say that our “efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach.” Source: Omaha World Herald, June 12, 2015
FACT: Upon Brad Ashford’s first trip to the Middle East as a Congressman he was reported as saying that “the global war on terror is the new reality.” This was said despite the fact that the war on terror has been a reality for service members for over a decade. Source: Omaha World Herald, February 20, 2015
Noting that “he doesn’t regret his previous votes,” Ashford explains away his flip-flopping by talking about how his thinking has evolved and that he has now received briefings that have altered his positions. His statements reveal two frightening possibilities. Either Brad Ashford is just extremely naïve about our national security or he sees these issues as nothing more than political bargaining chips to be brokered for personal gain. While this might explain his three votes against and one vote for GTMO, it raises serious alarm about his readiness to lead on these critical issues.
“Our national security is too important to rest in the hands of someone who has not given up his training wheels. Now more than ever, we need leaders with real experience who have an acumen for facing America’s adversaries,” said Don Bacon.