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A Winning Issue For The Democrats

Rich Lowry has a good article on the site about the ports deal as a template for a successful Democratic strategy on national security. I remember thinking, in the days after Sept. 11, that the political divide about the response would pit people who wanted massively to increase security measures at home against those who wanted to try to change conditions abroad. One camp would say that it’s better to expand freedom overseas than to restrict it here; the other that a national program of target hardening is safer than a quixotic effort to liberalize the Middle East. Boy, was I wrong about all of that.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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