The Corner

Prosecuting the War on Terror

Michael, I understand that you are not a Rudy fan, but surely you would acknowledge that he has been a stalwart in supporting the “war on terror/masters” in all of it’s aspects from the start? Not only can he be counted on to do so in the future, but he is also more articulate about it in all of its complexity, than the average candidate — or any candidate at all. Ditto homeland security. The serious kind, not the airport kabuki shoe dance. Or am I missing something?

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