With the election of Barack Obama and all of his swift moves in forcing legislation through Congress against the will of the American people, the War On Terror and the growing dangers of the rogue regime of Iran in seeking Nuclear Weapons has fallen off of many voters minds.
Few recall the disappearance of the Iranian Nuclear Scientist from Saudi Arabia last June. It too dropped from the news reports swiftly, after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and several other Iranian officials spent a few days rattling their gums about the award-winning scientist being kidnapped by the American CIA.
Ahmadinejad was mistaken about Shahram Amiri being kidnapped, though. He willfully defected to our side last year according to an ABC News dated March 30, 2010.
Amiri has been resettled in the United States after undergoing “extensive debriefing.” According to those briefed on what is now labeled an “intelligence coup,”
“Amiri’s disappearance was part of a long-planned CIA operation to get him to defect. The CIA reportedly approached the scientist in Iran through an intermediary who made an offer of resettlement on behalf of the United States.”
Unstated in the ABC article is the who of “those briefed” by CIA officials. That would include Intelligence Officials, members of the National Security Agency and Representatives from Congress.
This is where the importance of who we elect to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird cannot be understated. It is imperative that we send people to Washington D.C. to represent us who have the necessary experience to “hit the ground running” in matters of National Security. The threats we saw on September 11, 2001 have not gone away and in the case of Iran’s nuclear program, is growing.
Of all the candidates hoping to gain the seat being vacated Baird, only one has no Military experience whatsoever, Jaime Herrera.
Only one has National Security experience, David Castillo, who is also a Veteran of the United States Navy.
In addition to serving the Bush administration at the Department of Homeland Security, giving him the much needed National Security experience that will be needed as a United States Representative, he was also “Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs,” giving him the experience and insight necessary to properly care for our returning Veterans today and for the aging Veterans of America’s past conflicts.
Other candidates may share David’s views on many issues and even follow him in announcements or calling on others to make their stand on issues known to voters, but none can match David’s extensive experience when it comes to National Security or Veterans Advocacy.
The defection of Iranian nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri shows us the importance of electing candidates with the needed experience for working with our Intelligence Agencies on matters of National Security.
David Castillo is the only candidate currently running for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District that brings that much needed experience to the campaign.