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Richard Douglas on Homeland Security

 

 


Senate weakness leaves us vulnerable to threats

My experience in the military and the intelligence community taught me an important lesson: Senators routinely fail to inform themselves about critical areas of national security activity. Our national security is poorly served by a Senate populated with party "yes men" whose sole function seems to have become churning out North Korea-like votes for politicized and out-of-touch party leaders.

Instead, independent-minded Senators with the courage to question party orthodoxy--including their own--are urgently needed to help lead our nation out of crisis, not to deepen it. As a veteran of the Iraq campaign and the submarine force, I understand clearly that our nation must protect itself.

Marylander Alan Gross has unjustly languished in a Cuban prison for more than two years, while Maryland's Senators do nothing. As the Gross case amply demonstrates, White House and Senate weakness have left our nation and its most reliable allies vulnerable to threats from a broad spectrum of adversaries.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, DouglasForSenate2012.com , Nov 1, 2012

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