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The Democrats Have a National Security Problem

AMAC Exclusive – by Seamus Brennan

National

Even despite Democrats’ rapid shift to the far-left on domestic issues in recent years, their greatest political Achilles’ heel has remained remarkably consistent—and is again resurfacing in the aftermath of President Biden’s calamitous surrender in Afghanistan.

For decades, Democrats and progressives have been politically vulnerable when it comes to national security matters. A 2015 Pew Research poll found that Americans favor the Republican Party on terrorism and national security matters more than any other policy issue, and for good reason: the national memory of Democrat weakness harkens back many decades, starting in the early 1960s.

Even though President John F. Kennedy attempted to steal Richard Nixon’s anti-communist positioning during the 1960 presidential election, his foreign policy appointees consisted of Cold War doves who ultimately influenced Kennedy’s own approach to foreign policy. This disjunction was most vividly demonstrated at the 1961 Vienna Summit, at which Kennedy showed that he clearly failed to understand the threat posed by the Soviets—and thus failed to understand the malign relentlessness of Soviet intentions.

In response, conservative voices like the National Review and then-Senators Barry Goldwater and John Tower emphasized that Democrat weakness on foreign policy issues would embolden the Soviets and inevitably lead to crisis, a prediction that turned out to be true, most dramatically culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis—a scholarly treatment of which can be found in Donald Kagan’s On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace.

In the late 1970s, the deference to America’s foreign enemies demonstrated by the administration of Democrat President Jimmy Carter led many prominent Democrat diplomats and academics to openly support the Reagan campaign in 1980. Among these voices was Jeane Kirkpatrick, whom Reagan appointed as his Ambassador to the United Nations. Kirkpatrick’s remarks at the 1984 GOP Convention, during which she spoke in strong defiance of the Soviet Union and called out Democrats for their tendency to “blame America first,” were widely applauded by the American public and strengthened the Republican Party’s image as the most trustworthy party on foreign policy and national security.

The foreign policy failures of the Kennedy and Carter administrations led to the first grumblings among the American public that Democrats were primarily responsible for nearly every national security misstep for more than half a century. That fact was only made more evident by President Bill Clinton’s inaction against growing threats posed by al-Qaeda, a decision that would have tragic consequences for Americans in the years since he left office.

Bill Clinton’s record of weakness on national security subsequently trapped him and his fellow Democrats in political corners. In attempts to regain their foreign policy credibility following the September 11th attacks, more than half of Senate Democrats and more than a third of Democrat House Members voted to authorize the Iraq War. In the fall of 2003, National Security Advisor for President Clinton Sandy Berger stole classified material related to terrorism from the National Archives prior to testifying before the 9/11 Commission—indicating that he (and possibly others who served in the Clinton administration) were desperate to hide information that could have potentially implicated them in the rise of al-Qaeda. Then, in the 2004 presidential primary, Democrats nominated John Kerry, who voted in favor of the war in Congress, rather than Howard Dean, who Democrats feared might solidify their party’s image as anti-war and weak on terrorism.

Now, as the Biden team continues to grapple with the far-reaching consequences of its Afghanistan disaster, the familiar narrative of Democrat weakness in national security is reemerging. During the Trump years, Democrats gambled that they could appear strong on national security by relentlessly focusing on fabricated allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016 election—a move that, however deranged it was, perhaps partially reduced the longstanding impression that their national security platform is feeble.

But following Biden’s exit from Afghanistan, the already-faltering Biden presidency has reached all-time lows in approval rating, and most Americans blame Biden for the catastrophe. The overwhelming majority of Democrats have remained conspicuously silent in the days and weeks since, presumably yielding, for the time being, to Biden’s faltering response.

Since the end of August, Biden has made a concerted effort to politically “move on” from Afghanistan and refocus his administration’s efforts on his domestic agenda—even as Americans remain stranded in the Taliban-controlled country. As a result, Congressional Republicans are increasingly confident that the long term fallout from the debacle could deliver them majority control of both chambers in next year’s midterm elections.

As the 2022 midterms approach, and Biden struggles to recuperate from the ongoing Afghanistan mess, some Democrats may feel compelled to return to a stronger foreign policy platform, as they did in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Should that be the case, it could succeed not only in proving that Democrats are keenly aware of their own platform’s weakness and fecklessness, but also, at least temporarily, in realigning American national security policy to the Reagan-Trump ‘peace through strength’ and candor-based approach.

In the months and years ahead, however, national security weakness and the left’s ‘blame America first’ approach could prove to be the least of Democrats’ concerns. As Joe Biden continues to embrace the far left on social, cultural, and fiscal matters, Democrats may be inadvertently paving the way for even more massive political vulnerabilities that could pose an existential threat to the progressive movement and the Democrat Party. The brand damage inflicted by Biden onto the Democrats in just eight months might very well eradicate the Democrat Party as it currently exists and, if Republicans play their cards right, to forge a new center-right majority.

For the sake of American strength both at home and abroad, let us hope it doesn’t take yet another national security catastrophe for Democrats to learn from their mistakes. The risk is far too great.

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Denise Ledford
14 days ago

Joe Biden has violated his oath of office and committed treason. He has slaughtered our constitutional rights and proven himself and those that follow him, and those that control him behind the scenes, as anti-American in EVERY sense of the word. Evil cannot even begin to describe the people that are representing the Democrat party today.

Karen
1 month ago

They have more than a security problem. They have a non-Democrat problem.

LEONARD FRIEDMAN
1 month ago

The problems of national Security arose in 1947 over national security acts that year under President Truman. It was the appointment of the Joint Chiefs o Staff and of the CIA to guide and support of the policy. Instead of the world War II policy which provided the Navy and Amryu ways of looking at the world. Simply the Navy, assisted by the best intelligence system reported to President Roosevelt in the Morning and the Army in the afternoon. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall was imbued with the craft of war practiced by Robert E Lee and whose imitation of character led to being Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and a Nobel Prize Winner. Marshall had developed the winning strategy for World War I, the winning strategy for World war II and the appointment of the Generals who successfully ended the Korean War at the the 38th parallel. President Roosevelt had two competing ideas and gave an informed decision of the future actions.
With the post-war changes, only one answer became available to the president and Congress. I believe former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates would agree.

JaneLee Keller
1 month ago

There is No Longer a Democratic Party
It Died in 2008.

Now there is Only The Lifelong Anti America HUSSEIN, (Himself a Puppet of the CCP and Their World Domination Mindset),
MOB, and Their Non Compos Mentis Puppet.

Putting HUSSEIN in Prison for Treason would be a Great Beginning to getting our Country Back.

Everytime a MOB Member opens it’s mouth, they’re speaking Their Leader’s, HUSSEIN’S, words.
He Is An Enemy of Every True American Patriot.
Let’s Treat Him as Such !

CoNMTX
1 month ago

A big national security problem is the demos themselves. To be a demo one would almost automatically be atheist since fostering their Godless beliefs would preclude belief in God. Since they are Godless, have no morals, integrity, or character, they have no loyalty to America. They want to destroy America so they can get us into the one-world government. One way to destroy America is to decimate the military and give away military secrets. Demos have always been good at that. Biden’s brain is so full of holes he cannot be trusted to speak to any foreign leader without dribbling secrets all over the place. Biden is losing what is left of his mind quite rapidly. The job is far above him (and always was) and his mental ability to think fast enough to respond to a problem or question.

Dave
1 month ago

The problem for the Democrats is their overall worldview understanding has shifted from being wrong to delusional. (Psychologically, the difficulty the human psyche has with admitting one is wrong, causes people to move into a more extreme version of their previous understanding. This is how they came up with the “defund the police” movement.) There will be no solutions until the left turns to reality, or is crushed as a political idea.

James
1 month ago

nothing ever just happens.. oh we were so happy .. and all of a sudden this happened.. Nothing Ever Just Happens..

CoNMTX
1 month ago
Reply to  James

All that is happening now has been in the works for at least 50 years now. The socialists have been very patient but they are now acting with urgency to get cought up to their 2030 or sooner deadline for the one-world government.

James
1 month ago

quit justifying to make yourself feel better and say it was a fraudulent election.. we did nothing to stop it.. We are the Problem.. to comfortable ignoring the what was going on .. we let it happen..

Rhonda M Holub
1 month ago

Problem being the key word. Their problem is the 75 million + citizens that actually exist and voted conservative versus the 80 million voters that only exist on paper! The next three years isn’t going to be pretty or practical, that’s for sure!

Richard Swimm
1 month ago

Biden and his administration have emboldened terror organizations that are determined to hurt US and Israeli interests. The Afghan debacle will haunt the Democrats and do inexplicable damage to the US in the future.

Politics is a despicable business. The Democrats will move to the center in the 2022 midterm elections to try and dupe the electorate as the Republicans hammer home the message of the massive failure of Biden’s policies at home and abroad. Let’s hope enough of the the American people will take a stand and deliver a Republican majority to at least one Congressional chamber next year.

CoNMTX
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Swimm

America’s enemies are quite emboldened because they know we have Pluto in the White House. Never mind foreign policy, just don’t run out of ice cream.

Hal
1 month ago

No, the National Security of this Nation and its Constitutional Democracy is in grave danger because of a rigged POTUS election. And that risk will increase unless the honesty, sanctity, and obedience to its governing principles are adhered to flawlessly. And the DemocRat party is so wrapped up in its fervor to RULE the Nation rather than GOVERN the Nation, that it is becoming a National concern as to the functionality implicit in our Constitutional Democracy. THE VOTING SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE FIXED SO THAT IT CAN NOT BE RIGGED. Otherwise the Nation is slipping into a decadent form of Communism. I still believe the majority of American citizens know and believe in the Constitutional Democracy as the best form of governance, NOT a hybrid Communistic rule by a political party that puts its partisan interests first and foremost using whatever means, legal or not, to RULE the Nation.

Hal
1 month ago

The post WWII Democrats have always had a security problem. But they are not shy in wanting to participate in a War to spike the economy … you know, put young men in military service so they can’t raise political activity against the DemocRats in power. It was this Nation’s good fortune that FDR passed away, because I think like Harry Truman (and most contemporary Americans) did… and I might add his decision to do so has been criticized by many post WWII political gurus because that didn’t suit the one-party citizen-partisan bias cultivated in the DemocRat Party … then or now.

Max
1 month ago

New T- shirt in town: Sleeping Joe is KILLING it as president! and when I say “KILLING IT” I mean:
KILLING the economy
KILLING energy independence
KILLING freedom of religion
KILLING freedom of speech
KILLING the middle class
KILLING small businesses
KILLING gun rights
KILLING jobs
This is the country’s list of grievances that need to be addressed as quickly as possible!!!

Eddie
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

Killer Joe!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

Killing Constitutional Democracy by morphing to Communistic full control by the DemocRat Party!

BAE
1 month ago

Biden, Schumer, Nadler, Pelosi are liars and the national security problems. Together they will destroy America as we know it. Or knew it………

H L Howell
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

I believe you left out shiffty, the squad, mad maxine and let us just say the whole demo-crat party.

CoNMTX
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

I don’t know your age but I think you could probably spend the rest of your life trying to find a democrat who isn’t a liar. They are trained liars and they get a lot of practice every time they open their mouths.

Charles Nolan
1 month ago

Biden, the cabal of elites, and the subverted upper level bureaucrats, have shown China that now is the best opportunity they will ever have to make first use of nuclear weapons in Asia, while holding Biden at bay with their history of threats to launch nuclear strikes on US cities.
Can you imagine Biden’s handlers sending John Kerry to China to negotiate the US surrender? Kerry would claim environmental consequences left us no choice but to surrender, while China continues to build more coal fired power plants.
The children of the Devil are now surely in control.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

And don’t forget about Hillary Clinton and her giving the Ruskies access to Nuclear Uranium sources controlled by the US.

CoNMTX
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

China owns Biden because they have enough criminal evidence on his sweet baby boy to have him put away for a thousand years. Nice thought and take dad with you.

LindaAnn
1 month ago

By far, the worst has been Taliban Joe. Who in their right mind gives terrorists 85 billion in military equipment??? Kabul chaos, but leaving Americans behind is unconscionable. He didn’t consult our allies. Then the horrific border crisis. This guy is unfit and dangerous along with Milley, Blinken, Harris, and this entire admin. Another Hitler or worse. These are liars and traitors. Wake up, they are intentionally destroying our nation. God bless America????????????????????????

CoNMTX
1 month ago
Reply to  LindaAnn

You said it, “Who in their right mind….”? I am beginning to think there are few if any democrats in any kind of normally functional mind. They are run by satan and think little for themselves and certainly not for America.

Josh m
1 month ago

It’s not democrats or republicans who hold the ball, but the enormous power of the executive. We now live in a soft tyrany that is elected every 4-8 years. The Congress as abdicated responsibility, no one can see it because all the positions of power are in control of the oligarchy and we are fed the line that we live in a great country. The enormous bureaucracy, education, and the press will drive us into two physical countries. The foreign policy won’t matter because we won’t be in a position of power anymore

Kurt S
1 month ago
Reply to  Josh m

Couldn’t be said any better.

Charles Nolan
1 month ago
Reply to  Josh m

As with Hitler and Stalin, it is the bureaucracy that carries out the orders of the tyrants. Term limits on government employment. Fire all of Obama’s appointments and all high level senior military and intelligence officers.
Once investigations by the new management team are able to prove the depth of corruption of the fired people, public trials could possibly reduce the chances of a return to corruption in the future with long prison sentences and asset forfeiture of proceeds from criminal actions.

THOMAS
1 month ago

The Democrats, supported by George Soros and the Communist Chinese, are succeeding in flushing our country into a 3rd world country cesspool! Every Legal and Loyal American needs to pick up the gauntlet and take a strong stance against what’s happening to our country and those responsible!

D.P.
1 month ago

He who does not study history is doomed to repeat it……..and sadly, most Americans are short-memoried non-studiers of history. Now is the time for the conservatives to push the past history of the democrats, into the face of all ….show the documents, show the outcomes, show the disasters of yesteryear and the ones on the horizon. Show the tapes, videos, transcripts and let the truth reveal itself. The dems will do their dance and try to defer, deflect and deny…..but it won’t work if the conservatives are on the ball……don’t let this opportunity pass……shine the light on the roaches. Broadcast loudly how their past history is a picture of the future…..history does repeat itself, and let’s hope it won’t happen again.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

“if the conservatives are on the ball”. That sadly D.P. is where many seem to fall down. Rather than stick to a focused message, based in empirical facts to prove the point, many instead resort to either some form of emotional rant or name calling as a substitute to convey a point. Neither of which provides a compelling argument that is very effective.

THOMAS
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

I’m probably not as well educated as you appear to be but, I happen to be a Loyal American Patriot that feels very strongly about what’s happening to our country. Sometimes, I guess my emotions are reflected in my comments but, I honestly believe that every single American should be emotional about this attack on our country and our way of life and deal with our enemies foreign and DOMESTIC! What happens to our country at the hands of corrupt and treasonous politicians worries me. Not for myself but, for our children and grandchildren!

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

That is why the Democrats want to erase and change history, because the truth is not good for them. It is a long term action, to dumb down America denying the children of a real education and the truth of political history. I realize now that we were not taught true history, only what the government wanted us to know. Since Woodrow Wilson the “Progressives” have tried to undermine America and write their own history. They did this in the guise of preventing future wars. That really has worked well , hasn’t it?

CoNMTX
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

It’s difficult to “prove a point” when your entire platform and strategy is, “lie, deny, hate Trump”. AOC, Mad Max, Pelosi, and a few others are a compolling argument for retroactive population control. Biden will probably croak or soon be placed in a rubber room someplace to just sit and eat ice cream.

John A Bird
1 month ago

This nation has been under attack by the deep state for over 60 years and it will not stop short of killing the traitors who have lead us into the NWO/OWO. We believe in fighting for each nations freedoms except for ours. If you believe your offspring should be living as slaves in the near future then continue to do nothing or turn the tide and remove those responsible for this nations demise. This would include at the state level; the democratic party including legislators, judges, and all politicians pushing the progressive movement such as governors and mayors, teachers, etc.

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  John A Bird

Yes. The Council on Foreign relations and Trilateral Commission have been pushing the New World Order that long, knowing that it is a slow , long term, strategy to get control of the world. And if one really look into this, they will see that it is all about money, power, and control of the populace of the world.

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