During the presidential campaigns, little was addressed about our national security. An appraisal of the worldwide threats has been superficial and almost nonexistent in the mainstream media. We can start at the border with Mexico where drug smuggling, illegal immigration and, recently, incursions by the Mexican army forces take place almost daily.
The next president must address terrorist threats to air and sea ports, the potential for missiles launched from freighters at sea, international commitments to NATO and other countries, will stretch our limited military resources already drained by Iraq and Afghanistan. What about our commitment to Israel's right to exist? North Korea may choose to reopen its unfinished war with South Korea. Chavez in Venezuela endeavors to form an anti-U.S.A. coalition of socialist states in Central and South America while courting Russia, China and Iran.
Our army has been seriously drained due to Iraq and Afghanistan. Renovation and research is absolutely necessary to guarantee its battlefield dominance. It would have been reassuring to have heard each presidential candidate acknowledge the situation and offer solutions to these issues. Did you hear anything? Our national security should be top priority in the next administration and Congress.