It remains fashionable these days for Republicans to cloak themselves in the legacy of Ronald Reagan, especially those who served in Washington during the 1980s. Thad Cochran and his supporters have already tried to remind the people of Mississippi of his steadfast conservatism. But don’t be fooled. Thad Cochran was no soldier in Reagan’s army.
Let us begin our story in Kansas City, at the Republican National Convention in July 1976, the nation’s 200th birthday. Ronald Reagan, the former two-term governor of California, decided to challenge the unpopular President, Gerald Ford, who had angered a good many citizens by pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges had ever been brought in the Watergate case. His foreign policy was also a disaster, allowing South Vietnam to fall to the North without any response and signing the Helsinki Accords, essentially handing the Soviets control of Eastern Europe. Continue reading
In a report last week from national security expert Bill Gertz, a Russian Akula class nuclear attack submarine patrolled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a month over the summer. The Akula’s job is to find and destroy US ballistic missile subs, known in Navy parlance as “boomers.” It can also fire cruise missiles with a range of nearly 2,000 miles.
More troubling is that the Navy, whose job it is to detect enemy subs with satellites, ocean sensors and warning nets, and antisubmarine aircraft, had no idea the Akula was in the Gulf until after it was gone. And with a major US boomer sub base at King’s Bay, Georgia, the report is all the more disturbing. Continue reading
“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1755, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.” We don’t deserve either, he felt, because we will have neither.
Americans today seem to be doing just that, giving up our cherished rights as free men and women, with little resistance, in order to live in a promised state of security, protected from domestic criminals and international terrorists. But are we really safe? And are we still free? Continue reading