Strange Alliance

In blogs, neoconservatives, politics on May 27, 2009 by Editor Z

Sometimes it is surprising to see who comes to the defense of a person. Such is the case of neoconservative writer Max Boot, in dismissing the claims of Liz Cheney that Obama does not care about a strong national defense.

Boot writes in a blog post in Commentary Magazine:

So too I believe that Liz has a perfect right to argue that Obama doesn’t believe in “limited government” and “low taxes” (assertions that I believe are borne out by Obama’s budget). But it’s not fair to claim the president doesn’t believe in a “strong national defense.” That’s questioning his motives and suggesting that he will not carry out his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Agree with him or not, you need to grant that Obama believes the policies he is pursuing are designed to enhance, not weaken, our national security. Otherwise civilized democratic discourse becomes impossible. Republicans rightly abhorred such invective against President Bush (”Bush lied, they died,” etc.). They should not make the mistake of mirroring rhetorical excesses now that a president of the other party is in power.




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