January 8, 2009: Strong military needs early education focus (Politico)

  • Our country is fighting two wars and continually faces the threat of international terrorism. A strong U.S. military is imperative to keep the American people safe and to secure freedom, economic stability and human rights for the future.
  • The most important long-term investment we can make for a strong military is in the health and education of the American people. If we want to ensure that we have a strong, capable fighting force, we need to help America’s youth succeed academically, graduate from high school and obey the law.
  • The United States military must be ready to protect the American people and our allies from the emerging threats of the 21st century. We must commit to high-quality early childhood education at home to protect our national security and continue the tradition of American military strength.