Trump versus Clinton on National Security

The most trivial issue that the USA is facing today is of National Security. In the midst of 45th Presidential elections, the candidates in the forefront of the race, Clinton and Trump, have their own views on how the nation can be protected, restored and made stronger.

What is National Security? According to Wikipedia, national security is a concept that a government, along with its parliaments, should protect the state and its citizens against all kind of "national" crises. There are two ways a country can exert power to protect its borders. The first would be the Hard power, which would comprise of military power. On this issue, Republican presidential candidate Trump has promised to build up the U.S. Military by encouraging allies to invest more in defense and emphasize stability over what he called 'nation-building overreach.' Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton says she'll ensure the United States maintains the best-trained, best-equipped, and strongest military the world has ever known. She also wants to help military families by providing them with the support they have earned and deserve. Therefore, both are head to head on this issue.

The key to winning this candidacy lies in the second aspect of power, which is the soft power. Soft power is mainly about influence, trying to persuade other countries to ally with them, using methods short of war. Donald Trump generally supports robust U.S. counter-terrorism practices, including some controversial government surveillance, interrogation programs and waterboarding techniques for torture and punishment. He also supports NSA’s program to collect bulk data on U.S. phone calls. “It’s certainly not something I like,” he said, “but when you have all these maniacs over the world, we probably have to go that little bit of an extra step.” Trump will also conjure up stricter immigration laws and will likely ban migration of Muslims and Mexicans. Hillary, on the other hand, will use strategic alliances, and not aggression, to handle this issue. Hillary will empower America's partners to defeat terrorism with the ideologies that drive it, including through the ongoing partnership to build Iraqi military and governing capacity, the commitment to Afghanistan’s democracy and security, and by supporting efforts to restore stability to Libya and Yemen. Also, Hillary believes that a comprehensive migration approach will not only add to the GDP but also promote America's “melting pot” culture.

The most important task of the next president of USA will be to keep Americans safe. Which means standing up to aggressors around the world and defeating global terrorism by depriving extremist organizations of entering physical and virtual territory. Which way will the Americans sway? Towards the man who plans to use power to rule or towards the woman who plans to implement strategy.