- DAILY CALLER - BROOKE ROLLINS - APRIL 15, 2023 -
That war of choice, facilitated by the febrile atmosphere of the 9/11 attacks and endorsed by a decisive majority of the Washington, D.C., establishment — of both parties — set in motion a redefinition of America’s place in the world, and a series of conversations on America’s global mission, that are still unfolding today.
Recently, America quietly observed a tragic anniversary: exactly twenty years since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In the lead up to the 2016 election, the faculty lounges of the Ivy League universities and the self-proclaimed national security experts that saturate the mainstream news outlets warned of the imminent danger to America that would follow should Donald Trump be elected president.
Those predictions fell flat, of course, but not lost on the minds of the American people was this very sort of thinking which led to much of the foreign policy catastrophes of the prior two decades.
Though short lived, an America first approach to national security was instituted, and Americans — some of whom had only known a nation at war — experienced an America that did not seek out new conflict nor retreat from challenge when tested.
These new policies ushered in the strongest economy in half a decade as well as energy independence for the first time in nearly 70 years, and re-investing in the American military as well as the border patrol adhered to “Peace through Strength” mantra that secured American victory in the Cold War.
More, we took the unprecedented steps of opening communication channels with a nuclear weapon-wielding North Korea, levied critical tariffs on Chinese imports, ended the reign of terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani and demanded that our allies pay their fair share towards the world’s defense.
The wounded footing on which America now stands in 2023 is the direct result of an administration that has capitulated to a far-left movement and — in turn — the regimes that represent the gravest threats to world peace.
From the ceding to the climate lobby’s green utopian dreams resulting in reliance on foreign energy production to the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that led Russian President Vladimir Putin to believe that he could get away with launching an unprovoked war in Europe without a major response to a porous border where human trafficking and deadly drugs run rampant, the threats to the safety and security of Americans could be no higher.