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Newt Gingrich, Grownup - Babbin

Newt Gingrich, Grownup - Babbin

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ByJed Babbinon 11.28.11 @ 6:10AMhttp://spectator.org/archives/2011/11/28/newt-gingrich-grownupOf the Republican Eight, he is best prepared to take a 3 a.m. call to the White House.Hillary Clinton's "3 a.m. phone call" ad could have been a devastating attack onObama's competence and experience. It failed to have an impact on voters because itran four years too soon. Against the backdrop of a sleeping child, the ad's narrator says there's something goingon in the world, and a phone is ringing in the White House. He asks, who do you wantanswering the phone? Someone who knows the military, world leaders, and is testedand ready to lead? Unfortunately for Clinton, almost no one was interested incompetence or national security in the last presidential election. Voters chose someonethey didn't know, who lacked any education or experience relevant to the presidency. As Obama's third year in office ends, we know him and his aberrant worldview. But thequestion raised by Clinton's ad has to be asked again, this time about the eightcontenders for the Republican nomination. Who among them is best qualified onnational security and defense?Iran is on the verge of producing nuclear weapons and, perhaps, the ability to deliverthem by ballistic missiles with sufficient range to reach most of Europe. The "Eurozone"nations are panicked because their common currency is on the brink, banks now war-gaming howto deal with the euro's imminent collapse. When the euro goes so willsome of the nations that belong to it. There will be social upheaval, the fall of nations,and redrawing of the European map. And that's not the half of it. China's continuing military buildup, cyberwar, Pakistan'scontinued sponsorship of terrorism and--in the probable aftermath of the Arab Spring--more nations eager to sponsor Islamic terrorism against us and Israel are allproblems that won't be remedied by the passage of time.Sowho among the Republicans will be ready and able to deal with the existentialthreats to America and our interests abroad? Who, among the contenders, is thegrownup? Who is prepared by experience, knowledge, and understanding to deter ordefeat these threats? Among the top three, we have two former CEOs and one former Speaker of the House.The problem with both CEOs is in their training and management experience. Americais not a business. A commander in chief is not the arbiter in chief or the listener inchief. He can't be entirely dependent on the knowledge of experts. A president has tobe someone who has his own expertise and a depth of historical knowledge to evaluate
 
what his advisers say and to decide, sometimes, that all of them are wrong. HermanCain obviously lacks that knowledge and understanding. And so, quite apparently, doesMitt Romney.In an interview with him after his failed 2008 campaign, Romney convinced me of hisgood intentions, intelligence, and sincerity. But I could not avoid concluding that hedidn't have an independent base of knowledge of national security and foreign affairs.In last week's CNN national security debate, Newt Gingrich said many things that sethim apart from the rest.Defending the Patriot Act against a Paulist tirade, Gingrich said "I don't want a law thatsays after we lose a major American city, we're sure going to come and find you. I wanta law that says, you try to take out an American city, we're going to stop you."While Romney, Perry, and Cain fumbled around the wisdom of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan--all embracing some form of nation-building--Gingrich said we should befurious with Pakistan for harboring Osama bin Laden. He said that if we are to keeptroops in Afghanistan we need to put the military in charge, and tell the Pakistanis toeither cooperate or get out of the way.Gingrich was also the only candidate clear on Iran. On sanctioning the Iran CentralBank, he said, "I think it's a good idea if you're serious about stopping them havingnuclear--I mean, I think replacing the regime before they get a nuclear weaponwithout a war beats replacing the regime with war, which beats allowing them to havea nuclear weapon. Those are your three choices."Mitt Romney proposed indicting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for violating the GenocideConvention. Seriously? Is that the depth of Romney's thinking?Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that the only grownup in theroom is Newt Gingrich. He has lectured at the National War College for abouttwentyyears. He is the only one of the eight contenders who won't require on-the-job trainingon defense and national security.Gingrich is the only presidential contender who has addressed the issue of militaryspending in correct terms. In his new "21stCentury Contract with America," Gingrichwrites: “We need to be able to discuss the threats that face us in a clear andopen manner. The courage to be free is only sustained by the moralcapacity to distinguish between good and evil. If evil cannot be calledby name, we will not be able to deter--or even recognize--threatsto our nation. Likewise, if we cannot proclaim the righteousness of our values, then we won't be able to mobilize the spirit necessary todefend America.… We need a new strategy that is as decisive andcomprehensive as our bold and unprecedented response to the rise of the Soviet threat after World War II. It will streamline our security,intelligence and diplomatic departments, and recapitalize our militaryinfrastructure."

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