The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison writes of Christie’s common misguided view of the role of the president and an unfounded confidence in the ability of the U.S government to solve other nations’ problems.
Larison notes, “The good news is that Christie isn’t going to be in a position to do any of this. Unfortunately, he is not the only Republican hawk that thinks about the presidency and foreign policy in this semi-magical way.”
Governor Christie, and for that matter all candidates running for the presidency, should make it clear to the voters that such candidate has actually read Article. II. Section 2. of the Constitution and is crystal clear on the enumerated duties of the president. This should not be a daunting task as there only 400 or so words devoted to what the founders viewed to be a relatively weak office. The role of the president was to be strictly limited.
If Christie believes that he has never lived in a more dangerous or frightening world, he wasn’t paying attention for at least the first twenty-five years of his life. In fact, the world is much less violent and dangerous overall now than it was when Christie was born. On the whole, there are fewer violent conflicts and fewer deaths from violent conflict. Since the end of the Cold War, another global war is far less likely to happen. The threats to the U.S. specifically are smaller and more manageable than the threats the country faced just thirty years ago. There is no empirical basis for Christie’s “belief,” and reams of evidence that prove him wrong. This is something that hawks say to exaggerate threats from around the world so that they can justify expensive, unnecessary policies to counter the threats they have just blown out of proportion.
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