Republicans Given Credit They Don't Deserve

RECEIVED Mon., March 6, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Isn't it time to put to rest the myth about Republicans and national security?
    Democratic presidents led us successfully through World War I and World War II, while Republicans were preaching isolationism. Imagine what the world would be like if Republican views had prevailed.
    A Democratic president set up NATO, the structure that kept us safe all through the years of the Cold War.
    A Democratic president began the covert operation in Afghanistan, the support for the insurgency against the Soviet invaders. That insurgency was the major factor leading to the end of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, Republicans were in charge when that insurgency was ultimately successful. The Republican administration just walked away, allowing chaos to breed in Afghanistan, which allowed al Qaeda to form and grow. Imagine if a Democratic president had been on the job at the time, bringing diplomatic help to bear to create a stable government in Afghanistan, with respect for human rights. Al Qaeda could never have taken hold.
    It was a Democratic president who brought peace to Bosnia and the rest of the former Yugoslavia, after the previous Republican president just ignored the entire situation. The Democratic president understood the danger of having a chaotic situation in the middle of Europe, and the danger of the fighting between Christians and Muslims. Al Qaeda would have had a foothold right in the middle of Europe had it not been for the common sense and hard work of a Democratic president.
    And now, the Republicans have given us the Dubai Ports deal. Let's face it. When it comes to national security, the Republicans are no different from any schlock salesman, who talks a good game but can't deliver the goods.
Margie Hammet
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