• Jack Weinstein

    Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Ret.)

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There are 3 comments on POV: Redefining US National Security in a Divided and Unequal Nation

  1. Courageous op-ed and on target. National Security is the Nation’s business and it requires a unified National response. We have become too complacent thinking our shorelines and the oceans stave off invading marauders. The daily cyber attacks illustrate we are not immune to invaders. Our armed forces cannot do it alone. Professor Weinstein said it well—our security begins in the classroom and with an operating democracy.
    Thank you, Professor, for your explicit wake-up call!

  2. I know Jack well…he is passionate experienced and thoughtful. We have much work to do and it takes courage. Speaking up being a negative is a problem. Thanks for highlighting that. Let’s hope a conflict on our own soil is not what it takes to right the ship

  3. The professor conflates national security funding with a preferred set of domestic political priorities— that is a rigged game. Governing and policymaking in a republic is an ugly business. Not liking the results of that ugly business does not mean by any stretch that the republic is broken. It means you didn’t get your way in the marketplace of ideas, and you might have to wait to try better ideas to beat “bad” ideas (or priorities) the next time around. That’s the price of democratic processes. Defending our shores from external threat, requires both public will and resources to support the national security apparatus. At the same time, payment for both social programs and defense relies on the existence of a prosperous, large and expanding middle class. Our problem today is that the policies of the leftist-authoritarian ruling class and laws of the administrative state are dismantling the middle class, destroying savings, attacking long-held values, and placing Americans into grievance groups. Let the sausage-making continue, let good policy compete against bad policy to create an upwardly mobile middle class. With that we will afford a strong national defense and necessary social programs.

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