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NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE 2012 ELECTION

The state of the U.S. economy and jobs are the overwhelming issues that will determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Still, in a close race, national security issues could play the decisive role.

Given the inherent advantages President Barack Obama has on national security as an incumbent president and the likelihood that Republicans will nominate a candidate better suited to challenge Obama on domestic issues, Mr. Obama will have an advantage. Insufficient attention by the Republican nominee to national security issues could be a politically fatal mistake.  (More)

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8 Responses

  1. EWRoss says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: Department of Defense

    Most Americans can’t find New Jersey on a map or balance a checkbook. You think the complexities of national security will influence their vote in the slightest way? I would suggest that the impact of American Idol will be greater on the election than any national security issues.

    Even those in the US who are supposedly “educated” don’t care. Did you note the young Soldier who addressed the students at Columbia was laughed off the stage at the very suggestion that Jihadists might threaten us? Do you see the welcome the Iranian President gets in the US while Ann Coulter is forced to cancel engagements due to hostile audiences?

    America has always been dumb about foreign security, always needing a disastrous wake up call: Battleship maine, Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, 9/11… without such a wake up call, America has been, is, and will remain… oblivious.

    The 2012 election will be decided by the cost of gasoline, the price of beef, and the availability of jobs… nothing else.

    Posted by Robert Coleman

  2. EWRoss says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: Department of Defense

    I disagree with your premise that American voters care about national security. We have a voting constituency that generally cannot balance a checkbook or find New Jersey on a map of the United States. If they can’t find New Jersey, do you think they worry about Iran of Libya? I would suggest that after years of repetitive video, the American voting public is much more comfortable conversing about the Land of Oz than some foreign place, largely just a vague concept, such as Damascus.

    You state that Americans at war care about international events. I would suggest that this has been historically true, but now that there is no draft, it is no longer true. People cared during war because family members may have been caught up in it unwillingly. With a VOLUNTEER FORCE, wars no longer touch the lives of all American families, only those chosen few with VOLUNTEERS in the military. Most families are much more excited by American Idol than they are by any reports from a war zone.

    What Americans DO care about is what effects them… and that is MONEY. The cost of beef, the price of gas , and the availability of jobs (which EVERY family needs) will determine the outcome of the 2012 election. Scenes from Afghan or Baghdad have no more impact on most Americans than scenes from the land of Oz. They can nail down the location of Oz as somewhere between the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wicked Witch of the East… and that’s more precise than any discription they can offer concerning the location of New Jersey.

    Iranian nukes? Oh, yeah, I heard about that! Great video game I hear!

    Posted by Robert Coleman

  3. Bob Hoelle says:

    Ed,
    Unfortunately people tend to have short memories when it comes to national security. It will be ten years this September since we have had a major attack and people have developed a false sense of security. The programs and policies that many folks griped about during the Bush years, no doubt had a lot to do with preventing other major attacks. Many of these policies still can’t be made public because of national security. Unfortunately that wonderful bipartisanship attitude towards preventing terrorism after 911 soon gave way to politics. A lot of Americans refuse to believe just how hated we are by middle east radicals, and how these radicals spend every waking moment thinking of ways to kill mass amounts of Americans.
    When I consider which candidate that I will vote for, national security will be the main issue. Perhaps its time to think of a vice president’s background and expertise. They can be more than a name on the ticket. It is hard to find a single candidate that is versed in every need that our country has right now. An ideal situation would a president that has a strong defense background paired with a vice president that is strong in economical and social issues. Our constitution is well and has worked for well over two hundred years. For some reason, since the generation before us (The great generation) has become to old to run, toying with the constitution has become a distraction from the issues that are the most in need of repair.

  4. EWRoss says:

    Reposted From LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    Ed,

    Thanks for this article. You bring up some interesting challenges ahead for our country particularly in the national security arena. It’s unfortunate, but I agree most Americans will look for their candidate to be “presidential and not say something stupid”. I wish we demanded more of our President and will hold my candidate (still undetermined as of yet) accountable for leading this great country into the future with a deep understating of national security! Thanks again.

    Posted by Michael Mahony

  5. EWRoss says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: Naval Postgraduate School Alumni

    I recommend that you read “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward to see what a fumbling mess the Obama team has made in trying to decide U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security/ Defense issues. When you have a president with NO knowledge or experience in these matters and further not smart enough to surround himself with people who DO know, we are in big trouble. Further, the cadre giving him economic advice, financial policy advice and tax advice are an equally stupid bunch – a hole that we will spend the next 2 decades digging out of. I grew up in Wisconsin and know all to well the crooked reputation that Chicago politicians have always had, and now they are running the country. God Bless us all.

    Posted by Cal Laurvick

  6. EWRoss says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: Department of Defense

    No, I do not think the complexities of national security will influence their vote in the slightest way. In taking a look at your profile, I see you’ve been at it since 1975. Do you think that maybe you are a little rough on the U.S. in your statements? I mean come on now… Surely you are not suggesting that most citizens cannot subtract and without looking (research) if you are so good at geography why don’t you pull out your map and tell us what country you would prefer to live, then go there and see what percentage of the entire population can balance a checkbook or find New Jersey… Come on man… Maybe you need some pasture time by now.

    Posted by Francis Xavier Cunnane III

  7. EWRoss says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: Fox News Networking Group

    Personally, the most important issue for me is policy on Israel, but when it does come to National Security, I do like for them to tell what they think about it, but I really don’t trust them on it anymore. Form Clinton starting a war every time his personal life was in question to Bush saying he didn’t believe in nation building to Obama saying he will begin withdrawing all the troops from Iraq on the first day; I really have no confidence in what they say before elected. I want a track record that I can follow on the issues, not just talk and promises. Apparently, they are either all liars or they are just not privy to certain information about it until they get the position due to secrecy about what is really going on. Either way, the issue of National Security is very important, but when someone says something, I want them to follow through and I just haven’t seen that.

    Posted by Mike McCauley

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