Thursday, December 29, 2005

National Security And Politics

The Washington Times:
Some centrist Democrats say attacks by their party leaders on the Bush administration's eavesdropping on suspected terrorist conversations will further weaken the party's credibility on national security.
"I think when you suggest that civil liberties are just as much at risk today as the country is from terrorism, you've gone too far if you leave that impression. I don't believe that's true," said Michael O'Hanlon, a national-security analyst at the Brookings Institution who advises Democrats on defense issues.
"I get nervous when I see the Democrats playing this [civil liberties] issue out too far. They had better be careful about the politics of it," said Mr. O'Hanlon, who says the Patriot Act is "good legislation."
One problem is the knee-jerk anti-Bushism of some Democrats. They probably believe that they are playing to their base, but they may not be considering how their actions are perceived by moderates who support a strong defense. Let the legal issues play themselves out, but don't play politics with national security.