Of the Republican Eight, he is best prepared to take a 3 a.m. call to the White House.
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We need to be able to discuss the threats that face us in a clear and open manner. The courage to be free is only sustained by the moral capacity to distinguish between good and evil. If evil cannot be called by name, we will not be able to deter — or even recognize — threats to our nation. Likewise, if we cannot proclaim the righteousness of our values, then we won’t be able to mobilize the spirit necessary to defend America.… We need a new strategy that is as decisive and comprehensive as our bold and unprecedented response to the rise of the Soviet threat after World War II. It will streamline our security, intelligence and diplomatic departments, and recapitalize our military infrastructure.”
There are at least two important trains of thought in that. First, Gingrich sees the need to structure our military and intelligence communities based on the threats we face, not on some arbitrary budget number. As I’ve written repeatedly, that is the only sound foundation for defense and intelligence planning and budgeting.
Second, Gingrich apparently understands the most ignored point about the war we are fighting. It is as much an ideological war as a kinetic one. Gingrich captured the idea that we have to fight the ideological war, which George Bush refused to do and Barack Obama has preemptively surrendered.
Endorsing Gingrich this past weekend, the New Hampshire Union Leader writes:,
Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running. In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich. He has the experience, the leadership qualities and the vision to lead this country in these trying times.
Every president inherits a margin for error that is determined by factors such as the strength of our economy, the aggressiveness and capabilities of our enemies, and the speed of world events. Since Obama took office, that margin for error has shrunk to the thinness of a razor’s edge.
So who do we want answering that 3 a.m. phone call to the White House? On defense and national security, Newt Gingrich is the candidate best prepared to do so.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online