Joe Scarborough

During the Democratic presidential debate Sunday night, Hillary Clinton uttered the unthinkable, unthinkable because so many political hacks and party operatives simply do not think when it comes to matters of war and peace.

John Kerry campaigned on the notion that the War on Terror was not a war at all, but rather a police action. His former running mate took it a step further by calling the War on Terror nothing more than a “bumper sticker.” It was a canned political line inspired by the fringes of a Democratic party who hate their own president more than they fear Islamic terrorists whose 100-year goal is to destroy America.

For those Democrats who mock those of us who speak in such terms, let me remind you that in about 18 months chances are good that a president from your own party will be sworn in. That president will then be responsible for stopping the next terror attack on our homeland. And you will support that president because she will be from your own party and you will loathe Republicans who mock her efforts to keep America safe. I know because I have seen this sickening cycle of political myopia first hand. It even blinded me for a short while but no longer.

As for the Democratic activists who hate Hillary Clinton for taking a stronger line on national defense issues, trust me: you will be praising her the second she is your nominee. And then, and only then, you will see just how prescient she has been in being strong on defense and unyielding in the war on terror.

Barack Obama may excite you, and John Edwards may have won your hearts, but their debate performances have shown why Americans will never trust them to be commander in chief. After two American cities are nuked, we will need a president concerned with more than first responders. Chances are also good that Mr. Edwards’ bumper sticker line will reveal just how detached from reality the Democratic base has become again because of their hatred of George W. Bush.

I would like to ask all the Democratic candidates two simple questions: 1. Do you think Osama bin Laden would use nuclear weapons on American cities if he had them? 2. Do you think it is likely al Qaida terrorists will get their hands on nuclear weapons in the next five to 10 years? Unfortunately for all of us, the evidence is strong that the answer to both questions may be “yes.”

Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough hosts "Scarborough Country," nightly at 9pm on MSNBC and Morning Joe in the mornings (6-9am).

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