“It is hard for me to get a high level of enthusiasm, because the things I’m passionate about and I think this country urgently needs aren’t being addressed,” Charles Koch said in an interview with the Financial Times in which he expressed disappointment with the GOP presidential candidates. Though the Koch network expects to spend several hundred million dollars on the campaign, the candidates don’t seem that interested in its agenda. “You’d think we could have more influence,” he said. Koch also was critical of Donald Trump’s suggestion that all Muslims in the country be required to register with the government and Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to carpet-bomb Islamic State strongholds. “We invaded Afghanistan. We invaded Iraq. Has that made us safer? Has that made the world safer?” Koch asked. “It seems like we’re more worried about it now than we were then, so we need to examine these strategies.” – Phillip Brownlee
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