Carol Platt Liebau: A Moment of Decision

Monday, June 04, 2007

A Moment of Decision

If there is one lasting impression from last night's debate, it's that the Democrats are simply not serious about national security -- as all the party's presidential candidates vie to be the leaders of surrender and defeat in Iraq.

The impression is only reinforced when people like John Murtha insist that the JFK plot was caused by America's presence in Iraq, despite the fact that common sense analysis indicates that really isn't the case.

In fact, if there is any advantage that Republicans have over Democrats when it comes to the 2008 presidential elections, it is a reputation for being more serious than the Dems about terrorism, and more realistic about the country's national security needs.

But with the immigration bill, the Republicans face a moment of decision, based, it's being reported, on what Mitch McConnell plans to do about the legislation. The problem is that if McConnell allows it to be pushed through -- and it passes with a significant number of Republican votes, there's a fair argument to be made that Republicans aren't serious about national security, either.

Given the news of the weekend -- the bureaucratic ineptitude that allowed a very sick man into the country even after a scan of his passport raised an alert, as well as the news that at least two of the four JFK conspirators had been in the country illegally, one for 23 years -- politicians' promises that the new bill will change everything for the better just can't be taken seriously.

If Republicans fall for this bill, it's fair to say that many of them are, ultimately, not serious about America's national security -- a dangerous phenomenon not just for the country, but also for the Republican brand.


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