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More Iraq and the GOP

Agreed, John. We need to find a less fratricidal way to argue amongst ourselves about defense issues. Even rightly framed, however, I think of the national security question as an important advantage for Republicans, in a way that you may not. I recognize that there’s a good argument to the effect that this may no longer be so. If that’s the case, however, the election looks very bad indeed. My guess is that a good argument over national security would reinvigorate our side in a national campaign, and what the Dems have already said on record will be of help to us. I think we’ve got to be aggressive and confident on this issue. It is a genuine and profound difference between the parties, and it’s only going to get more obviously so as the general election process begins.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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