Democracy Dies in Darkness

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By Jennifer Rubin

May 5, 2017 at 7:45 AM

President Trump at a meeting in March with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee. (Chip Somodevilla/European Pressphoto Agency)

President Trump and other right-wing populists miss the bigger threat because they're so busy vilifying foreigners. "The threat from self-radicalized, homegrown terrorists has eclipsed the potential threat of foreign fighters coming to the U.S. to carry out attacks, the top U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday. Nick Rasmussen, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, said homegrown violent extremists are now the greatest threat to U.S. national security."

Republicans are missing a justification for this health-care bill, and therefore are at risk. "When Democrats began singing and waving goodbye on Thursday, it was a sign that the health-care conversation is far from over. It's almost certain that Democrats will bludgeon every Republican running for reelection in 2018 for voting for the new law. And as of now, it seems that Democrats have polling on their side."

We will miss it when the international world order is shattered. "Lamenting the fate of this international system—which has indeed ensured unprecedented global peace and prosperity under American hegemony—has become a key element in the talking points of Obama staffers as they make their way outside the corridors of power. . . . Trump is reaping the whirlwind [President] Obama sowed. The two men may have come to their worldviews from utterly different ideological perspectives—for Trump a belligerent nationalism, for Obama a utopian universalism—but both in their own ways reject America's traditional role as upholder of the international liberal order."

French voters didn't miss that Trump backs Marine Le Pen and that Obama endorsed Emmanuel Macron. "A new Suffolk University poll of French voters finds that 82 percent view Donald Trump unfavorably. Former President Obama fares considerably better, with a nearly 90 percent favorable rating among the same respondents."

Democratic ad makers in 2018 will not miss this zinger from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) aimed at House Republicans: "People over here want to make sure it's something that's going to work for the American people." Ouch.

The Obama administration tragically missed the opportunity to do this in 2011, thereby allowing jihadists to undo U.S. military gains. "Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in talks with the Trump administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against the Islamic State group in the country is concluded, according to a U.S. official and an official from the Iraqi government. Both officials underlined that the discussions are ongoing and that nothing is finalized. But the talks point to a consensus by both governments that, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of American troops in Iraq is needed to ensure that an insurgency does not bubble up again once the militants are driven out."

We miss the old Heritage. "The move to a more politicized Heritage affected the foundation's scholars as well, as a number of well-known and longstanding thinkers, including Stuart Butler, Matt Spalding, and Bill Beach, left in recent years. These developments, which began with the creation of Heritage Action and accelerated under [former U.S. senator and Heritage president Jim] DeMint's leadership, have altered Heritage's reputation. . . . If there must be a political arm, it should aim to implement the think tank's ideas, not have the think tank scramble to justify the political arm's goals."

The Brits may miss the European Union, apart from the economy. "More than 9 in 10 researchers surveyed in a report out today said international mobility was important to their careers, adding weight to concerns that science in the UK will be negatively affected by any restriction of movement on researchers after Brexit. . . . The report also highlights the importance of cross-border collaboration – another area some scientists fear could be affected by Britain leaving the EU – with 95% of researchers saying they'd been involved in at least one international project in the last five years. Nine out of ten of those said that collaboration was important for their careers." Remember this when someone rants about the supposed evils of globalization.


Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

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