Senator Marco Rubio summed up current threats facing the United States during the Republican Presidential Debate on Wednesday evening. These are not just threats to the US – the same threats are facing the entire Western world, whether you live in North America, Europe or Australasia.
“There is a lunatic in North Korea with dozens of nuclear weapons, with long-range rockets that can hit the very place where we are standing tonight; the Chinese are rapidly expanding their military and are hacking into our security systems; they are also building artificial islands in the South China Sea, the most important shipping lane in the world; a gangster in Moscow is not just threatening Europe – he’s been threatening to destroy and divide NATO; you have radical jihadists in dozens of countries across multiple continents and they even recruit Americans using social media to try to attack us here at home; and now we have this horrible deal with Iran where a radical Shia cleric with an apocalyptic vision of the future is also guaranteed to one day possess nuclear weapons and also long range rockets that can hit the United States.”
He continued to remind his audience that the most important responsibility of any president is to ensure the peace and safety of the American people, but what we have now is a president who is eviscerating the US military. He added, that “we have a president who is more respectful to the ayatollah of Iran than to the Prime Minister of Israel.”
Senator Rubio was correct on every point. He might have added the current invasion of Europe, which also threatens national and international security, though this has not unduly affected the United States yet.
The issues he mentioned are, of course, not the ones being discussed on television talk shows, where celebrity gossip and sensational revelations remain the staple of the day and night. As syndicated conservative writer Mark Steyn put in a recent article: “We will still be discussing transgendered bathrooms when the mullahs send their first nukes this way!”
I should add that a few of Wednesday night’s candidates had clearly taken an “International Relations 101” class since the last debate. That’s good, because they are going to need it, assuming one of them actually becomes an occupant of the White House.
Some final comments on CNN, the channel that hosted this debate (Fox hosted the first one). Whereas Fox News is clearly more conservative, CNN is quite liberal, though not as liberal as MSNBC, which is avowedly liberal. USA Today stated yesterday, the morning after the debate, that CNN had its highest ratings ever for the Republican debate – perhaps that should tell them something!
CNN may also want to vet its commentators better – a female journalist from the Chicago Sun-Times was asked to comment Thursday morning on one issue that came up in the debate: who should be on the $10 bill? Right now, it’s Alexander Hamilton. It is being suggested that the man who founded the US financial system should be replaced by a more recent female. Carly Fiorina, the only woman candidate for the Republicans, felt this was an empty gesture during an Administration that has seen the numbers of women living below the poverty line increase by 3.5 million. The journalist’s response was critical – that it makes no sense to keep a long since dead president on the currency.
For the record, Alexander Hamilton was never president.
Her comment is symbolic of a wider problem amongst journalists – ignorance of history, without which there can be no understanding of the present!