Florida Republican congressional hopeful Daniel Webster has a 2003-era view of American wars. A source sends over video footage of a Webster campaign event where he advocates that U.S. troops stay in Afghanistan indefinitely at the military’s discretion, and use it to create a series of democracies in the Muslim world.
“Our national interest is this: We need a beachhead in the Middle East, that is a democratic beachhead, not a party but a form of government,” Webster told voters. “And to me, if we have a democracy in several countries there, it become a beachhead. It also protects us because once that beachhead is established it can move further and further and hopefully free up the people of the middle east.”
Webster was asked specifically how long he believed U.S. forces should remain in Afghanistan. He says that’s none of voters’ business. “However long we stay is a military decision that should not be shared with the public,” Webster insisted, to a round of applause.Webster’s trying to unseat Alan Grayson in Florida’s eighth congressional district. You can watch footage of the event below.