Keep America Safe

Liz Cheney is making a splash today. She will be chairing a new organization — Keep America Safe — which she says will rally opposition to Obama’s “radical” foreign policy. The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol will be on the board, as will Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on September 11. (She co-founded 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America and is a director of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation at the World Trade Center.) The group’s mission statement explains:

The mission of Keep American Safe is to provide information for concerned Americans about critical national security issues. Keep America Safe seeks to influence public policy by encouraging dialogue between American citizens and their elected representatives in order to produce legislation and executive action that enhances the national security of the United States.

“We are a nation at war,” the mission statement asserts, a sentiment that gets lost in the spasms of “interdependence” and “multilateralism” that stream from Foggy Bottom and the White House every day. The aim here, in case there was some notion afoot that we’re supposed to be lowering our profile in this multilateral world, is to advocate that we preserve and enhance America’s pre-eminent role in the world:

We know that America has, for 233 years, been an unparalleled force for good in the world, that our fighting forces are the best the world has ever known, and that the world is a safer place when America is trusted by our allies and feared and respected by our enemies. Keep America Safe will make the case for an unapologetic approach to fighting terrorism around the world, for victory in the wars this country fights, for democracy and human rights, and for a strong American military that is needed in the dangerous world in which we live.

That’s as succinct an explanation of American exceptionalism and as stark a contrast to the Obama foreign-policy perspective as you will find anywhere.

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