NEWS & OPINION
Inside The Beltway recently had an informal conversation about the state and future of national security with retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold , was the commanding officers of the USS Cole in 2000 during a terrorist suicide attack by al Qaeda at the Port of Aden in Yemen.
An informed public seems to be a key component of the security equation. Here is what the commander said.
” I believe that the American people are extremely intelligent. They need to understand the real threats facing the nation and get the facts. Number 1 threat is China, closely followed by Russia and Iran. The No. 1 threat that we face today is China, closely followed by Russia and Iran. He suggested.
” The threat China poses to the United States’ short- and long term interests has changed significantly in the last five years. I think the American people need to have a clear understanding and recognition of what they have been doing to us over the last 30 years, and what their aim is,” Cmdr. Lippold noted that this trend is especially significant as Chinese President Xi Jinping approaches a third term.
Does cmdr. Lippold believes in the Reagan-era mantra “peace through power,” which implies military readiness.
” I absolutely do. Two things are necessary for national security. You need to have credibility and capability. You need to have capability. Lippold stated.
” Even if you have the best military in the world, you still need to have credibility to show that you are going to use the last tool of national power to protect our nation and its citizens.” he said.
Cmdr. Lippold is currently a public speaker, president of Lippold Strategies LLC and a consultant firm that specializes in long-range strategic planning and executive leadership development.
AND A REMINDER
Talking about “peace through power,” strategic deterrence and many other issues, here’s Ronald Reagan has to say about it as a presidential candidate, according to the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum.
” We know that war does not come when freedom forces are strong but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted,” Reagan told the Republican National Convention on July 17, 1980.
And, by the way:
This is one of the “core principles” of the USS Ronald Reagan.
” The cornerstone of Carrier Strike Group 5 is USS Ronald Reagan, the nation’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. Our ship-air wing team, together with Carrier Air Wing 5, forms the most deadly fighting force in the entire world. We will maintain peace through strength and, should deterrence fail, we will always be ready and willing to fight and win in any situation. We are ‘Warship 76,’ and we have the watch,” the tenet said.
BIDEN APPROVAL GOES BYE
These are not pleasant results for the White House.
“The Emerson College national poll finds President Joe Biden at 50% disapproval and 41% approval. Biden’s approval is down five percentage points since the last Emerson national poll in September, when he was at 46% approval and 47% disapproval. The president’s current numbers have almost reversed from February when his approval was at 49% approval and 39% disapproval,” the poll analysis said.
“The drop in approval is greatest among Black/African-American voters, moving from 72% approval in February to 52% approval in November. Hispanic support dropped from 56% approval to 50% approval, and approval among White voters dropped from 43% to 38% approval,” it continued.
“Three years out from the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden by two points, 45% to 43%, in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup among registered voters. Eleven percent (11%) of voters said they would vote for someone else, and 1% were undecided,” the poll said.
The Emerson College national poll of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted Nov. 3-4
DEMOCRATS MUST CONTROL
The dust is now settling.
” The results of the election in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as the rejection of progressive ideology by deep-blue jurisdictions throughout the country, were a wakeup call for Democrats,” said National Journal columnist John Kraushaar .
” Despite the party’s insistence on increasing federal spending, voters sent a message that they are again concerned about excessive government spending. He said that top Democratic strategists had also engaged in difficult conversations about how harmful the party’s progressive members — particularly their indulgence in anti-political rhetoric and social-justice ideologies — have been to the Democratic brand.
Mr. Kraushaar suggested that
Democrats need to “rediscover the moderation” that appealed voters in 2018..
REPUBLICANS REQUIRE WRAPPING PAPER
Ex-President Donald Trump ‘ has been offering “iconic Trump Gift Wrapping Paper” in return for a donation. But, wait.
The Republican Party’s official online store is also offering GOP-friendly wrapping paper which includes an elephant wearing a Santa hat and a patriotic “Trump 45” logo, among other things. Note: T-shirts with a Christmas tree and the slogan “Come and Take It” — as well as a mug encouraging everyone to “Make Christmas Merry Again
Find all the options at Shop/GOP.com. Also, be sure to look under the “Collections” heading.
68% of U.S. adults think the marijuana should be legal; 50% of Republicans, 71% of independents and 83% of Democrats agree; 70% of men and 65% of women also agree.
12% of U.S. adults agreed in a similar Gallup poll conducted in 1969.
32% overall say marijuana should be illegal; 49% of Republicans, 28% of independents and 16% of Democrats agree; 29% of men and 35% of women also agree.
84% of U.S. adults agreed in a similar Gallup poll conducted in 1969.
SOURCE: A Gallup poll of 823 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 1-19 and released Friday plus a similar Gallup poll conducted Oct. 2-7, 1969; the number of respondents in the historic poll was not included in the news release.
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