What Democrats Can Do to Counter the Republican Threat to U.S. National Security

By Thomas
November 10, 2023

IndieDems note: Please see the companion post, "Republicans Threaten U.S. National Security As Well as Democracy." As regular readers of these pages know well, IndieDems makes frequent use of commentary from other sources as the bases of our own analysis. Articles from newspapers, social media, etc., are posted with links to the original. Sometimes they a left to stand alone, sometimes followed by "IndieDems comment." But, in this instance, no link is provided to the original. Reason: the commentary is from a subscriber-only newsletter. But--the sentences are also a point-by-point recitation of facts. We thought having these facts as a convenient reference justified publishing them, even though it may strain SOP.)

Democrats would be foolish to ignore their opponents’ dangerous dereliction of the first responsibility of government: ensure the safety and security of Americans.

But they must also disavow elements on the far left spouting “colonialism” poppycock about Israel and insisting we distance ourselves from our closest ally in the region.

President Biden and the vast majority of Democrats understand that the survival of both Israel and Ukraine are national imperatives for the United States.

Biden needs to reiterate the message. “History has taught us that when terrorists don’t pay a price for their terror, when dictators don’t pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos and death and more destruction,” Biden said in his Oct. 19 Oval Office address. “They keep going. And the cost and the threat to America and the world keep rising.”

He and his supporters need to emphasize that there are few people who could steer the United States and our allies through a perilous time for the international community.

Sadly, only one party has a coherent, responsible view of U.S. leadership in the world based on our national interests and values. The GOP, which once boasted it helped defeat the Soviet Union and end the Cold War, now cannot be trusted to lead in a uniquely dangerous and complex international landscape. Every despot, from Putin to Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, would cheer Trump’s return. Biden cannot let voters ignore this frightful possibility.


One comment on “What Democrats Can Do to Counter the Republican Threat to U.S. National Security”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *