The EFM Feature

By now you’ve probably heard just about all you can take about the State of the Union address, so I’ll spare you any additional comment other than to say that I was dismayed by the fact that Democrats did not stand to applaud when President Bush called for “victory” in Iraq. I suppose we’re at that point where even that would be asking too much.
The silence displayed by Democrats in the Capitol last night is not out of character though; rather, it mirrors the silence we are seeing from Democratic presidential candidates when it comes to talking about the broader war on Islamic radicalism. Jeff Jacoby tackled the latter phenomenon in an excellent column. Jacoby reviewed the campaign websites of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in search of statements on the “nature of the enemy confronting us.”
He didn’t find much. In his words he found “not a word” from Obama–and “nothing about the overriding threat of our time” from Clinton. This is a serious problem, one that stems from the belief that the war against Islamic radicalism is “Bush’s war” and not Western civilization’s clash with an existential enemy.
Thankfully, Jacoby notes that things look much better in the GOP field, particularly when it comes to a certain former governor from Massachusetts. Jacoby said that Governor Romney is “resolute” when it comes to talking about terror; he also lauded Governor Romney for listing “Defeating the Jihadists” first in [his] list of key campaign issues.” Finally, Jacoby excerpted part of Governor Romney’s speech in Israel yesterday when he said that “a central purpose of NATO should be to defeat radical Islam.” Even better, in my humble opinion, was this statement from the Governor: “Jihadism–violent, radical fundamentalism–has emerged as this century’s nightmare.” (Other speech excerpts from the speech can be found here.)
While it is deeply troubling to see so many of our elected officials–especially those who covet the White House–basically ignore the war to defend our freedoms and values against a ruthless enemy, we should take great encouragement from the fact that the best candidate in the field–bar none–gets it.

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