John Hanlon

In a separate article from the Post from Thursday, April 26th, Rudy Giuliani was quoted as saying that "If one of them [the Democrats running for President] gets elected, it sounds to me like we're going on the defense," he said. "We've got a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. We're going to wave the white flag there. We're going to try to cut back on the Patriot Act. We're going to cut back on electronic surveillance. We're going to cut back on interrogation. We're going to cut back, cut back, cut back, and we'll be back in our pre-September 11 mentality of being on defense."

The best the Democrats could muster in response was challenging “Giuliani's contention that their party cannot keep the country safe and [they] accused him of attempting to divide the nation over what many consider the paramount issue of the coming campaign.”

However, during the Democratic debate, none of the first-tier, second-tier candidates… or even Dennis Kucinich…spoke much about how they would fight and win the war on terrorism. Even though Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist network was active during the Clinton administration causing much death and destruction throughout the world during that time-- the candidates made it seem like the war on terrorism began and ended in Iraq -- a misjudgment that would definitely put our country back on the defensive if one of these Democrats is elected to the Oval Office.

A few days ago, the Republican presidential candidates had a chance to debate in their very first televised debate of the season where they each had a chance to talk about where they stand in the war on terrorism and what they will do to continue to fight against the threats that our nation faces. The Republican debate focused a lot more on ideas for the future and a lot less on criticisms of the past.

The Republicans on stage, unlike the Democrats a week earlier, spoke about the importance of having a background in national security and being able to keep our country safe against the forces that threaten us. They discussed the importance of staying on the offense in the war and not returning to the days of our country being on the defense against the terrorists.

Until the next President of the United States is elected in November of 2008 and the Bush-haters have nobody to openly loathe, Democrats will continue to mobilize with organizations like MoveOn.org and with leaders like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who said that the war in Iraq is already lost. If the Democrats keep with recent trends, they will continue to offer little to the national debate about how our country can keep itself safe from those who wish to attack us.

Republicans, independents and moderate Democrats alike must continue to use organizations like Townhall.com to encourage our nation’s leaders to stay on course in fighting the war on terrorism and never allow our country to fall back into a defensive position again. They must continue to demand real solutions and real ideas from our presidential contenders, even though one political party seems reluctant to provide such solutions.


John Hanlon

John Hanlon is the Operations Manager of Townhall.com. He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon.