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Born: 1952-12-23
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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All defense secretaries in wartime have, needless to say, made misjudgments.

Tags: Defense, Needless, Wartime

Bush is no conservative.

Tags: Bush

If the American people really come to a settled belief that Bush lied us into war, his presidency will be over.

Tags: American, Belief, War

Lest conservatives be too proud, it's worth recalling that conservatism's rise was decisively enabled by liberalism's weakness.

Tags: Proud, Rise, Worth

Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.

Tags: Against, Defense, Patriotism

Shouldn't Democrats insist that Sen. Durbin step down as their whip, the number two man in their leadership?

Tags: Leadership, Number, Step

Surely our inaction with respect to Syria is a poor precedent if we're fighting a war on terror.

Tags: Fighting, Respect, War

These soldiers deserve a better defense secretary than the one we have.

Tags: Defense, Deserve, Soldiers

Conservative policies have on the whole worked - insofar as any set of policies can be said to 'work' in the real world. Conservatives of the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush years have a fair amount to be proud of.

Tags: Real, Said, Work

Conservatives shouldn't count on the Supreme Court to do our work for us on Obamacare. The Court may rule as it should, and strike down the mandate. But it may not. And even if it does, the future of health care in America - and for that matter, the future of limited government - depends ultimately on the verdict of the American people.

Tags: Government, Health, Work

I personally - if I were designing the tax code - would have a tax code in which Mitt Romney paid more than 13 percent, given what I know about the kind of investments he made money from.

Tags: Money, Percent, Tax

If Romney explains why where we are with Obama is unacceptable, why whither we are tending is even worse - and why his own alternative path forward is superior - then we trust the American people to make the right choice in November.

Tags: Forward, Trust, Why

If terror groups are to be defeated, it is national governments that will have to do so. In nations like India, governments will have to call on the patriotism of citizens to fight the terrorists. In a nation like Pakistan, the government will have to be persuaded to deal with those in their midst who are complicit.

Tags: Fight, Government, Patriotism

In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.

Tags: Government, Leadership, War

Many of Bush's defenders have praised him for keeping the country safe since Sept. 11, 2001. He deserves that praise, and I'm perfectly happy to defend most of his surveillance, interrogation and counterterrorism policies against his critics.

Tags: Country, Happy, Him

Romney has to convince the American public that they need to do something they're not usually inclined to do - replace a sitting president with a challenger. And unlike in 1980 and 1992, when the public was persuaded to do just that, the incumbent president has not been weakened by a primary opponent.

Tags: American, President, Public

Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy. And a good thing, too! Conservatives have been right more often than not - and more often than liberals - about most of the important issues of the day.

Tags: Good, Often, Since

The average GOP presidential vote in these last five elections was 44.5 percent. In the last three, it was 48.1 percent. Give Romney an extra point for voter disillusionment with Obama, and a half-point for being better financed than his predecessors. It still strikes me as a path to narrow defeat.

Tags: Give, Path, Vote

There will be trying times during Obama's presidency, and liberty will need staunch defenders. Can Obama reshape liberalism to be, as it was under F.D.R., a fighting faith, unapologetically patriotic and strong in the defense of liberty? That would be a service to our country.

Tags: Faith, Strong, Trying

While a defeat for Obamacare in the Court would be nice, the defeat of President Obama at the polls on November 6 is crucial. If electoral victory is achieved, Obamacare can and will be repealed - and more judges of a constitutionalist persuasion will be appointed by the next president.

Tags: Nice, Victory, While
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