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Tonight’s GOP National Security Debate

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The GOP contenders gather at Constitution Hall tonight for what seems to me to be the most significant of all their meetings.

The subject matter is foreign affairs and national security. As I discussed with Mitt Romney last Friday, the time allotted to questions such as what to do about the threat of loose nukes in Pakistan is absurdly short, but the format isn’t intended to provide answers but rather glimpses of preparedness in thought and personality for the most difficult of all problem sets confronting the president, one on which the incumbent has repeatedly failed, and indeed is failing again as events unfold in Egypt.

After an opening half hour with Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Kathleen Hartnett White on the EPA’s crusade against the private sector and a visit with my friends from the Alliance Defense Fund, I will turn the program exclusively to setting up the debate tonight, beginning with Max Boot, and will carry as much of the debate as possible during the show. Tomorrow’s program will focus on the back-and-forth as well as most Americans will view this gathering as the last one before the new year that will get more than a passing nod. It wasn’t exactly planned this way, but at least the most significant debate has the best partners —the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation— a good moderator in Wolf Blitzer, and the most important subject matter possible.


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